Date Night – Pork Barrel BBQ

22 Jul

The hubby and I are big fans of hole in the wall, non-chain, gem restaurants.  We almost never eat at the same place twice.  When we moved from NE Ohio to Central Maryland, we were in a heaven of new eats to try from seafood to burgers to Ethiopian to Italian.  The list goes on forever.

While the summer has been full of beach Saturday’s this year, today was a rather rainy one, so we skipped out and stayed in…but the dreary day got the best of me…

“I needed to get out!”

So, we did a quick wardrobe change and headed to Old Town Alexandria, VA for dinner.

After watching one of our new favorite shows, Shark Tank, we were excited to go check out a local BBQ place that “struck a deal” to get their signature sauce out on the market and open their first restaurant.  After getting to know a bit of their story from the show, I knew we had to give it a try and the hubby is never one to pass on BBQ ribs.

After some rainy traffic, we made it to Pork Barrel BBQ around 6:30 pm and we were so excited to get things moving because our stomachs were now officially rumbling.  With a glance at the menu, we chose what we each wanted…and then decided to ditch that idea and go for the “The Big Feed”!

Holy Meat! 1/2 Rack of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, 2 sides and a couple others I know I’m forgetting.  Needless to say, we shared this and brought a good portion home for leftovers.

Review:  We we pleasantly surprised with the flavors of their sauces.  There were three to choose from.  Original, Sweet and Mustard.  We both agreed and made the Sweet our flavor of choice for the evening.  Our sides included Sweet BBQ Baked Beans (right) and Texas Caviar (left).  If there were to be a next time, I would order two orders of the Sweet Baked Beans. Yum!!

The ambiance of the restaurant was laid back, seat yourself with a busy bar scene to take advantage of.  My type of place 😉  Apparently everyone else thought so too, because at 7:00 pm on the dot…this sign went up.

Glad we got there when we did.

Overall, it was an relaxing evening out to a place we wanted to try and adventurous drive through rainy, DC traffic.   We got a peek at Old Town Alexandria and now I get to contemplate the workout routine for the morning to burn off those ribs 🙂

Pork Barrel BBQ – You didn’t disappoint!


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