Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dixie Bones

Visit Dixie Bones in Woodbridge, VA and you’ll see pits, smell hickory smoke and hear cleavers chopping barbeque. Collard greens, macaroni & cheese, cornbread in iron skillets and pieces of fresh baked pie flash past on trays piled high. Using fresh ingredients, everything is made from scratch. Smiles welcome you into a dining room filled with pictures, patches, and memorabilia left by friends and family as reminders of good times together.

The history of Dixie Bones is described on their website: "The Head family settled Virginia in the early 1700s, moved later that century to Alabama, and still live there. Nelson Head graduated from Washington & Lee in Lexington and moved his branch back to Virginia in the 1980s. In 1995, Dixie Bones opened in Woodbridge where it maintains a reputation as the region’s best BBQ house serving real pit barbeque."

Now most popular for take out and catering, we ate food from Dixie Bones during our latest visit with my parents.  I enjoyed a nice sampling of pulled chicken with a white lemon cream sauce, cole slaw, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, baked beans, and corn bread.  The chicken was nice chunks of solid white meat and the lemon sauce had nice tang.  The collard greens and baked beans had a sweet vinegary bite that cut the saltiness of the mac & cheese.  The corn bread was thick and filling.  Overall, I enjoyed my plate of bbq very much.

Additionally, Keith and my parents enjoyed the pulled pork and pulled beef with a variety of smokey, sweet, and tangy barbeque sauces.

But the clear favorite were the rack of ribs - super tender and flavorful, these little guys went quickly between the carnivores.

Overall, the price of meat per pound is pretty comparable to other restaurants (ranging from $12 - $20/pound), but the sides seem a bit on the higher priced side (about $10 for a quart).  Nevertheless, quality is high and everything tasted great - even a couple hours later and having been packed in styrofoam.  We had plenty left over to enjoy the next day.  Dixie Bones would be great for parties as there are many options and something for everyone.

Total Rating: 3.6
Food: 4, Price: 3.5, Service: 3, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 2

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