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May 18, 2011 12:02 AM

BBQ or seafood around Oxon Hill?

Will be in the Oxon Hill/National Harbor area, and expect to have some time to hunt down good food. I'm especially interested in seafood and real BBQ, but anything chowish and hopefully reasonable would be good. I'm fine with a bit of driving but don't really want to drive to Baltimore to get crabcakes, for example. Suggestions?

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  1. The only barbecue places of note are Oxon Hill are Levi's BBQ and Henry's Soul Cafe. Unfortunately, the barbecue at both is baked, heavily sauced, with no smoke. The fried fish, however, is excellent, along with most of the other soul food items: chicken wings, cornbread, mac & cheese, fried pork chops. Large servings, decent price, exponentially better than what you'd find at National Harbor.

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      You wouldn't happen to know if B&J Carry Out is still in business would you?

      Again not very authentic bbq, but I remember it fondly from going there with my parents in the 70s. I can almost taste the onion rings.

      1. re: laststandchili

        There are Yelp reviews from January of this year, so I can assume B&J is still around.

    2. Thanks for the replies. How far would I have to drive for real (i.e. actually smoked) BBQ? Slow-smoked brisket would be best, but I guess that might be more of a Texas thing, right?

      Also, lumping the seafood in with the BBQ may have caused some confusion. I'm not so interested in fried fish as I am in fresh grilled fish, and some great crabcakes -- the blue crab kind, please. :o)

      1. There's the Smokeshack, about 5 miles from the Harbor, which has really good barbeque and peach cobbler.

        Smokeshack Ribs Restaurant
        (301) 248-8200
        9119 Livingston Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
        Cross Streets: Between Indian Head Hwy and Taylor Acres Ave

        Smokeshack Ribs Restaurant
        9119 Livingston Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744

        1. Unfortunately Maryland really isn't BBQ country.

          I've heard Bear Creek is good, but I've never made it there.

          Johnny Boys on Rt. 301 in La Plata has always been consistently good in my opinion and is about 30 minutes from Oxon Hill. Great roadside shack with picnic tables, pulled pork is always a good bet. If you go, stop at the Twin Kiss across the highway afterward for home made rootbeer. They make a mean float.

          Lefty's is a little farther north in Waldorf. Had lunch there a couple months ago. Better than chains, but not really exceptional.

          Twin Kiss Restaurant
          7415 Crain Hwy, La Plata, MD 20646

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          1. re: laststandchili

            As far as BBQ:
            Smokeshack is worth checking out as Ambergersa noted since its not bad and very close to the Harbor.

            Dale's Smokehouse is better though and I consider it one of the best places to get ribs in the state but be sure to call ahead to see if its open though as they have inconsistent hours. [4645 Indian Head Highway].

            Lefty's Bar-B-Que is worth visiting as laststand notes. [2064 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD (301) 638-3813].

            As is Bear Creek if you are willing to drive deep deep into St. Marys. [21030 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, MD (301) 994-1030]

            Camerons has some really good crab cakes in my opinion and its right over in an Oxon Hill shopping Center five minutes from National Harbor. [6055 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD (301) 749-7000]

            Courtneys is I think the best seafood place in southern Maryland and theres a bunch of good places. It too is located way out there but worth the drive I think. [48290 State Highway 252
            Ridge, MD (301) 872-4403]

            Clarke's Landing is a good local seafood restaurant on the water that makes a solid crab cake. [24580 Clarkes Landing Lane, Hollywood, MD (301) 373-8468]

            Zahniser's Dry Dock Restaurant is good as well. [251 C Street, Solomons, MD (410) 326-4817]

            Morris Pointe Restaurant, way down in Saint Clements Bay is good too. Just a small white shack run by a family of New York ex-pats. Some very good crab cakes. Try the broiled sampler platter. [38869 Morris Point Road, MD (301) 769-2500]

            All but Cameron's require a significant drive into southern Maryland. Definitely bring a GPS.

            Dale's Smokehouse
            4645 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, MD 20640

          2. i wouldn't go out of my way for Lefty's or Smoke Shack. The one time I went to Johnny Boy's was a Tuesday and they were closed, so you may want to call first.