Redwood Smoke Shack, Norfolk, Virginia

After a day of meals at the excellent Northern Neck BBQ, Rudy’s Pizza and Barbecue, and the very good Old City Barbecue, I started Day 2 of my Eastern Virginia Campaign for Real Barbecue trip with an early lunch at the Redwood Smoke Shack in Norfolk. I’d seen it featured in Southern Grit Magazine as a top new place that cooked exclusively with wood, something … Continue reading Redwood Smoke Shack, Norfolk, Virginia

2fifty Texas Comes to Union Market

Good news! Great barbecue is now available inside DC! Unless you’ve been hiding under a pile of post oak for the last year or two, you’ve heard about 2fifty Texas in Riverdale Park, Maryland. It’s the best barbecue place in the Washington area by a good margin. I’ve written about 2fifty several times, from my first visit to their Sunday pop-up in a disused pizza … Continue reading 2fifty Texas Comes to Union Market

Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

Winter looms, so I have updated my list of alternatives to fast food for those driving south (and back north) along the East Coast. And, indeed, normally the only sensible thing to do when the weather promises to chill the very marrow in your bones is to head south. In light of COVID issues, special care and consideration must be taken before you decide to … Continue reading Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

Wagyu vs. Prime at 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

I finally managed to get back to 2fifty Texas BBQ, easily the best barbecue place in the Washington area. They’ve changed a lot since my first few visits. They’ve moved to their permanent location (which is really nice) and added a lot of outdoor seating. They’ve expanded their hours to include Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday, and are shooting to open Thursdays as … Continue reading Wagyu vs. Prime at 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue, Richmond, Virginia

Here’s the headline:   Buz and Ned’s has the best pork barbecue I have tasted so far in the State of Virginia.  It was delicious, with that wonderful flavor of hickory-smoked pork.  And it’s only 100 miles away. The coronavirus lockdown has seriously hampered my barbecue research.   It scotched a couple of planned Virginia trips as well as a trips to Kansas City, upland … Continue reading Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue, Richmond, Virginia

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

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

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 Farmers Market on Thursdays, as detailed here. And 2fifty Texas has moved into their permanent location, just around the corner.  Currently, they’re open Wednesday through Sunday, with some outside seating (and inside whenever the law allows).   There’s parking across the … Continue reading 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

God bless our men and women in uniform!  Especially my nephew, Murray “Cuatro” Johnston.  Cuatro’s current uniform is that of a West Point cadet, but this spring it will be that of an Army lieutenant headed off to Fort Benning to prepare to lead an Infantry platoon.  You met Cuatro as the Founder and First President of a Barbecue Club at St. Anselm’s Abbey School for Really … Continue reading 2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode II

2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode I

Having resolved the Christmas Gift Mystery (thanks Dale Leibach), I can’t leave Christmas behind without mention another gift. I have a hard time shopping for other people.  It’s rare that I pick a really good gift.  I did hit a home run one Christmas.  I gave Nancy tickets to see her favorite singer in concert in Paris.  That wasn’t the home run.  Since Nancy knew then … Continue reading 2020, The Year of the Sausage: Episode I