Where I live, I have to drive at least 25 minutes to get barbecue, and even then, it’s chain restaurant barbecue. To go to an actual barbecue place, I’ve gotta drive 35 minutes.
Now, I only have to drive 7-10 minutes. And that is dope.
Mookie’s BBQ, located right off Route 7 in Great Falls, Va., is a barbecue joint that does it up with a number of regional barbecue dishes.
The place has only been open for a few months, and it’s built up a steady following already.
Their menu features pulled pork, pulled chicken, turkey, smoked sausage, brisket, burnt ends, ribs, you name it. The joint’s also got a number of starters and sides (some of which are remarkably good) as well as soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Sauce-wise, each table sports five regional barbecue sauces: Mookie’s standard barbecue sauce, a spicy alternative, a sweet sauce, Carolina vinegar, and a mustard sauce.
I got a rib platter:
As you can see, as a side, I got a barbecue must: baked beans. On the right is a cup of potato and corn chowder. Close up shots below:
A side that you MUST try here, though, is their baked mac n’ cheese. Holy goodness, that mac n’ cheese. It’s so gooey and cheesy. Decadent.
The restaurant is located where the Serbian Crown used to be, and I think it’s doing a nice job keeping the tradition of good food going.