While driving back home after a trip to Hilton Head/Savannah, we had to stop off for some food while on I-95 in the middle of Virginia. The trusty iPhone directed us to this small "shack" (for lack of a better word), kind of in the middle of nowhere.
It's not too much to look at from the outside. And as we parked there were some people in a car yelling at someone else, and for a second we thought "Hmm, should we be here?" Undaunted and hungry, we went in.
Our description of the place and the people inside was that it was like a sitcom. A lot of amusing Southern characters eating and working there. There was even a "toddlers and tiaras" style child pageant photo as you walk in... and funny sayings on all the tables.
And the food. Well, being from NYC, we generally have a lack of great BBQ. Yes, there are a lot of new places opening up (and finally, some are actually good, thank heaven), but on average, the BBQ in New York City is mediocre at best. And the "good" places are often crazy packed.
This food at Wilson's was top-notch. Amazing pork ribs and brisket. Clearly smoked slowly to perfection with a great crust on the outside. The sides were equally great. The service was friendly and fun. What's not to like?
It is curious that it's so hard to get even decent BBQ in NYC, but a small restaurant on the side of the road in Virginia has BBQ that destroys 95% of BBQ in the big city. Then again, it's not the south and I suppose I shouldn't really be that surprised.
In any event, I'm glad we stopped at Wilson's and sampled their phenomenal BBQ. Recommended!
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