Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore BBQ

Willard's BBQ Report

johnb | | Oct 1, 2004 03:11 PM

I was reading a recent and epic post about NC BBQ on the South board (link below--awesome post) and it wetted my appetite. I'd been thinking of trying Willard's, about which I've read generally favorable reviews, so I went out there for lunch.

It's cheek-by-jowl with the Dulles Expo Center, at the corner of Willard and Chantilly Shopping Center Dr., in one of those sururban industrial/retail rows. The decor is fairly industrial chic, with some good ol' days pictures on the walls. Service is ordering at the counter and then waiting 'til your number comes up.

The menu is fairly extensive and covers most BBQ styles even including Jamaican jerk, tho they seem to lean toward NC style. Fairly typical list of sides.

I opted for traditional and chose the two-meat combo with pulled pork and ribs, with sides of baked beans and slaw--it came with cornbread and pickle slices. Price was $10.95 plus a buck for unlimited sweet tea.

On the whole, while I'm not an BBQ expert, it was well worth the price. The meats were both very moist and smokey, and had a lot of flavor even without added sauce (they had a selection of sauces, but I passed). Portions were large--three good-sized ribs, at least 9-10 oz. of pilled pork, and plenty of sides and c'bread. The beans were tangy and mustardy, and not at all sweet--they were a bit undercooked however. The slaw was fairly bland, but in its favor it was coarse-cut from good cabbage and had a nice crunch.

On the whole, IMO definitely worth a detour, and without question far superior to Annette's and even Rocklands. Among the places mentioned in the linked post I have only eaten at Ridgewood, and I'd say Willard's is certainly as good if not better, tho a different style (that guy wasn't thrilled with Ridgewood, but many others are). I'll be going back to Willard's to try the burnt ends soon.


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