Outstanding Carry-Out: Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

I’ve reviewed Sloppy Mama’s earlier after I went there in my capacity as the local representative of the Campaign for Real Barbecue.  You can read the review here.   I was very favorably impressed by everything, especially their pork, which I declared the best in the area.  The closest I came to a criticism was lamenting that, like almost everyone else around here, they only … Continue reading Outstanding Carry-Out: Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

Blue 44, Washington, DC

I really like Blue 44.  It’s a friendly neighborhood place, only a short walk from our house.  The food is dependably good and fresh.  The menu changes fairly often, but it always contains some standout dishes, including the Bistro Chicken, a half chicken with mushrooms and lardons in a cream sauce with some carrots and potatoes.  Wonderful.  A while back, I organized a monthly lunch … Continue reading Blue 44, Washington, DC

Great Barbecue on Thursdays at the Riverdale Park, Maryland, Farmers Market

The great barbecue is from 2fifty Texas BBQ, which I have reviewed here, and whose quarantine carry-out procedures I’ve detailed here.  The carry-out process is well thought out, careful, safe, and efficient.  And tasty.  This is easily the best barbecue available anywhere in the area, and the brisket is the best for hundreds of miles. The only problem is that for now, their current shop … Continue reading Great Barbecue on Thursdays at the Riverdale Park, Maryland, Farmers Market

I’m Eddie Cano, Washington, DC

UPDATE:  I’m Eddie Cano now deliver dinners via robots! Nancy and I have been eating in during the lockdown for the most part, but we have ordered delivery a couple of times. Most recently, Nancy and I got take-out from I’m Eddie Cano, just down Connecticut Avenue from us. First, ordering and pickup was a breeze. We called just before 6:00, gave our order, and … Continue reading I’m Eddie Cano, Washington, DC

The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

UPDATE:  Their new place is open at 4700 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Park.  Try it! What a great place to get barbecue!  I first went to 2fifty Texas as part of my duties with the Campaign for Real Barbecue to find places in the region that cook barbecue exclusively with wood or coals: no gas or electrical heat allowed.  As part of my duties, I ate … Continue reading The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

Capital Crab and Seafood Co., Washington, DC

There are a lot of good places to eat in Washington, and my neighborhood — upper Connecticut Avenue near the Maryland line — has a couple of small commercial strips that have attracted some good restaurants, and my current favorite is Capital Crab.  It’s a brick and mortar extension of a great crab catering business.  But there’s much more to Capital Crab.  It’s also a … Continue reading Capital Crab and Seafood Co., Washington, DC

2Fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

UPDATE:  I’ve described 2Fifty Texas’ excellent carry-out procedures (and their delicious smoked chicken) here.  You can also get their great barbecue at the Riverdale Park Farers Market on Thursdays, as detailed here, 2Fifty Texas BBQ — also known as 250 Texas BBQ and 2fifty Texas BBQ — has the best brisket in Maryland, possibly the best brisket this side of … Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, South … Continue reading 2Fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

Moist Brisket in the Washington Area!

Sloppy Mama’s in Arlington sells moist brisket as well as lean! I here confess error and hope for your forgiveness. In my otherwise glowing review of Sloppy Mama’s, I groused that, like other Washington area barbecue places, they served only lean brisket.  Hard as it may be to believe, I was wrong.  Flat wrong.  I was extrapolating from the general state of brisket in the Washington area. … Continue reading Moist Brisket in the Washington Area!

Sloppy Mama’s, Arlington, Virginia

Sloppy Mama’s is the best barbecue place in the Washington area — at least in the DC-Virginia part of the area.  I’m hedging because there are a couple of new all-wood barbecue places in Maryland that I haven’t tried. so stay tuned.  I’m keeping my powder dry, but Sloppy Mama’s owns the DC-Virginia crown. I went to Sloppy Mama’s as part of my continuing efforts on … Continue reading Sloppy Mama’s, Arlington, Virginia

Monk’s BBQ, Purcellville, Virginia

Purcellville is a nice town of 10,000 in Loudoun County, in the outer Washington suburbs, well past Dulles Airport.  It’s in a lovely area of Virginia, and Purcellville enjoys the benefits of the growth of the Dulles tech corridor without being overwhelmed by it.  Best of all, Purcellville is the home of Monk’s BBQ, which I can certify is a Campaign for Real Barbecue producer … Continue reading Monk’s BBQ, Purcellville, Virginia