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BBQ catering near arlington

Looking for the best catered BBQ near ballston. Around 20 people and hopefully less than $150. Have had Willard's (chantilly) and liked it. However, accessibility could be an issue in this case.

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  1. Rocklands chopped pork sandwiches are $5.80 and sides are $10 per quart including the excellent Texas corn pudding. Maybe they give discounts on ordering multiple sandwiches.

    Arlington location.

    This is a lot better than Willard's.

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    1. re: Steve

      How about the old blue catering outfit?

      1. re: daves_32

        Red, Hot, and Blue? I imagine people have eaten much worse for a meeting.

        1. re: Steve

          No. It's called old blue. The address listed is 2nd street south. I think it's catering only. http://oldbluebbq.com/menu/

          1. re: daves_32

            Looks like you can't go too far wrong.

    2. I recently heard of these folks (can't say yes or no since I haven't tried, but they come from my favorite region for BBQ)

      http://www.bootheelcatering.com/index...

      1. What if I just got a bunch of brats and sausages. I usually do that just at whole foods. are there better options around for simple brats, chicken sausages, and bangers?

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        1. re: daves_32

          The cheapest catering idea is banh mi. $3.75 per sandwich plus buy 5 gets the sixth free (or something like that). Smoothies are $3.00, so a combo would keep you under your budget and your folks get a choice of beef, pork, chicken, or tofu. It's even cheaper for cold cut banh mi.

          1. re: Steve

            Steve or anyone -- do you have a suggestion for a specific place that would do banh mi catering like this? I've been thinking about it for an event I'm working on -- and then you just happened to mention it here so thought I'd ask. Not sure which restaurants could handle a large order -- haven't done any research on it on my own yet, though.

            1. re: mselectra

              Huong Binh deli in Eden Center (http://www.huongbinh.com/) does lots of party platters. My particular favorite, whenever I need to bring something for an event, is their summer roll platter - all of 12 dollars. And they do have banh mi, although not on the platter menu.

              I don't think they normally deliver, though - they used to, but I don't think they do now. But if the order is large enough, since they do specialize in larger events, they can probably figure out a way.

              1. re: Lori D

                Thanks Lori and Steve, that was quick! I hadn't really started thinking about this seriously, yet. This is really helpful. If we do it, we'll probably need boxed lunches to pick up or have delivered. Or would actually eat at the restaurant, so would need someplace with enough space. As I said, haven't given it much thought and might not go this direction, but this thread inspired me to ask.

                Apologies to OP for taking it off-topic.

              2. re: mselectra

                Believe it or not, this question has been asked on Chowhound before - and successfully answered:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/683418

          2. $7.50 a head for good BBQ? Good luck!

            1. Have you seen this?

              http://www.groupon.com/deals/virginia...

              Maybe someone can chime in whether it's decent.

              1. best
                near ballston
                $150.

                these all bode poorly for your quest.

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                if you are flexible in your ability to go beyond those criteria, then read on…..
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                the best bbq i've had in the area is bad to the bone in gainesville, va. it just gets better and better!

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                is the issue that you need food for lots of people that you don't want to cook and want served or just delivered or just prepared for you to pick up? i'm supposing from the low price you are just wanting to pick up food for 20 people and bring it back to serve on your own.

                if you have access to a couple of slow cookers, make pulled pork in the crockpots, and keep it simple. OR you can buy ready-made NC eastern style bbq pulled pork at harris teeter from brookwood farms (near the lloyd's bbq tubs). brookwood is $6/pound tub. probably makes three-four generous sandwiches. add some slaw and buns, and you're good to go. maybe potato salad. these are all cheap to make, but expensive to buy ready-made.

                you have access to a grill?

                1. hey, again, not on your requested point, but a catering option with some reliability: the italian store! http://www.italianstore.com/catering.htm

                  very close to ballston. known quality.

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                  1. re: alkapal

                    I didn't think about the Italian Store. That could be a good idea. The issue is that I am moving two days later and I don't want a lot of leftovers or trash. I am willing to pick up, which is why I Started with Rocklands

                    1. re: daves_32

                      looks like their price would fit your budget, too. that six foot sub would be great.

                      i don't suspect you'll have leftovers, and if you do, you could eat them until you move -- as those hold up pretty well (at least if not gummed up with too much dressing stuff).