The number of quality barbecue joints is growing quickly in the Richmond Region, a city that is on the cusp of national culinary recognition. Leave the “Kiss the Cook” aprons at home and put down the tongs and check out these five great pit stops for barbecue lovers in the Richmond Region!
Buz and Ned’s opened in 1992 near the Diamond off the Boulevard in downtown Richmond. Buz, the owner, traveled across the country from San Francisco to Dallas to Lexington, NC, eventually passing through the Tennessee/Virginia crossroads where he met Ned – the man who taught him everything he knew about his passion for the barbecue pit. Known for their ribs, Buz & Ned’s are also famous for beating celebrity chef Bobby Flay at a spare rib competition on his show Throwdown with Bobby Flay! Try the ribs for yourself and be the judge!
Since opening in 2009 in the Union Hill neighborhood near Jefferson Park in downtown Richmond, this Texas-styled barbeque hut has developed a loyal fan base among its pork parishioners. From the outside, Alamo looks like a small, nondescript adobe with a window-front to order; but there is magic being done on the inside on the grill and the smokers and the spit of this barbecue mainstay. Enjoy beef brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausage, pulled pork, as well as an array of comfort food sides while dining at the picnic and iron patio tables strewn under the large canopy!
The home of the “Hog Dog” – a jumbo beef hot dog wrapped in bacon, deep fried, topped with pull pork barbecue, barbecue sauce and coleslaw – as well as other barbecue staples like brisket all topped with their signature vinegar and tomato-based sauces, Hogshead Café has become a popular pit-stop in the West End of Richmond for barbecue lovers. Diners are welcomed by fun, eccentric flair adorning the walls of the small, 30 person eatery, and stay for the BBQ, seafood, and cocktail, beer, and wine menus.
This American-themed chain opened its doors national on September 11, 2011, with a mission to promote support for our armed forces while making great barbecue in the process. Mission’s Richmond Region location opened in 2014, offering tasty brisket, turkey, pork, chicken, sausage, sandwiches and an abundance of sides, all while partnering with and raising advocacy for different charities and organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, the USO, Honor Flight Network, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and local Fire and Police Departments.
Headed by Alamo BBQ’s commander Paul Hubbard, Deep Run Roadhouse, which is nestled in the Crofton Green Shopping Center, serves up regional barbecue platters and comfort foods. Come for their famous Bison Burgers and stay for their tasty snacks like nachos, quesadillas, wings, and salads. Stocked with a kids menu, too!
Michael J. Hippchen is a freelance writer based out of Richmond, VA. Michael has a passion for good bourbon, a firm cigar, live music, and copious amounts of black coffee.