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Best Barbecue restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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A photo of Breakers Korean Bar-B-Q Fair Oaks Mall restaurant
3.8
Excellent(31)
$$$$
• Korean • Fairfax
Booked 4 times today
It was reasonable busy for a Sunday night while still room for walk-ins, so this is a good time to come and have a dinner with friends without having to shout to be heard. With the economy we were guessing, the AYCE has been reduced from three differently priced options to the middle of the road value package and we were happy with the choices and overall value. The raw meat portions are smaller but we have the attitude that it means having more variety without waste. And it's still AYCE so it's all good in the end. Our server started off ok. He asked us if we had been before and not assuming that since we're obviously Asian heritage that we're also Korean which we are. We assured that we were fine with cooking our own food. With our first round of meat we quickly realized he had the temp way too high. Wanting to save on energy costs with a quick cooking heat is one thing, but we had a challenge in keeping the meat from burning, especially as many Korean marinades have some form of sugar which can be scorched if the heat is too high. At this restaurant with their system of indoor grills, the heat needs to be medium to have it high enough to cook with full flavor caramelization but not so high that it burns. It also allows for more rounds of meat cooking before having to switch the burner plates, thus saving on water and human elbow grease resources. We know how to order Korean BBQ & in which order to cook the different meats so each round is enhanced by the prior w/o having to switch the charred plate, so long as the temp is right. All throughout the meal it was a tug of war w/him jacking up the heat (after we said we were fine & know what to do) & us waiting for him to walk away before we could lower it & save our dinner. The management would be well served in assessing their training & attitude towards the grill temp. There's no way this server could have helped other tables w/o burning the inventory if a table wanted more attentive grill service.
A photo of Ruthie's All-Day restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1674)
$$$$
• American • Arlington
Booked 172 times today
Enjoyed the restaurant week special - so much food - all delicious!!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Arlington, VA restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(543)
$$$$
• Japanese • Arlington
Booked 34 times today
Meat quality was as good as usual. But for some reason this time their Gyu-Kaku salad was not fresh at all. The tomatoes and lettuce were all mushy
A photo of Texas Jacks Barbecue restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1155)
$$$$
• Barbecue • Arlington
Booked 13 times today
Our three-year-old daughter insisted on going out for macaroni and cheese. I know of few other places that have that quality of macaroni and cheese. As for me, I was there for the brisket sandwich and the excellent beer selection.
A photo of Smokecraft Modern Barbecue restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(255)
$$$$
• Barbecue • Arlington
Booked 5 times today
The sides are EXCELLENT! We had the Mac-n-cheese, greens, brand, and mashed potatoes to go with the half chicken platter and Reuben sandwich. One note that is nowhere in the menu: apparently only the pulled chicken is white meat, there player is all dark and you don't have an option for a breast, which is a bit odd. Plenty of outdoor seating though, being near the Fire & Rescue, it can get briefly loud.
A photo of Firepan Korean BBQ restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(117)
$$$$
• Korean • Falls Church
Booked 10 times today
Love Alex as our server!
A photo of Famous Dave's - Alexandria restaurant
4.4
Awesome(1)
$$$$
• Barbecue • Alexandria
Booked 1 time today
Good solid bbq - Mac & Cheese don’t bother! The ribs are good. Chicken tenders are ok. Rib tips good but fatty. Pork chunks good. Onion strings - great. Coleslaw a bit mayonnaisy for me but my husband loved it.
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