Dixie Bones BBQ Restaurant does an incredible amount of business. They are packed during lunch and dinner,and on weekends you have to wait for a table. In addition to eat in or carryout options, they are available for catering, and its not uncommon to see their “pop up stands” at carnivals and festivals in the area. I’ve been to Dixie Bones a couple of times, once by choice, the second due to a friend that truly loves it. That’s correct, I’m not a fan of this restaurant, due to one imporant reason. Its not a genuine BBQ place, but rather an imitation, and its not flattering whatseover. Each BBQ joint starts with “Carolina Sauce,” and I couldn’t believe what the server actually brought me when I asked for it.
A bottle of Texas Pete hot sauce. That’s correct, and I didn’t know whether to cry, laugh, or just shake my head. Any reputable barbecue restaurant will have spicy vinegar laden “Carolina Sauce,” and the fact that they didn’t have it nor had no idea what it was, is proof of its quality. The pork was way too dry, as it was overcooked, and lacked any of the smoky flavor I look for from pit cooked meat. I think they actually use a traditional oven, even though they claim they are a “pit place.” The pork didn’t pull apart easily either, and lacked any detectable sauce whatsoever. I don’t like paying $15 for a pulled pork platter, that can’t get the main course right.
On a positive note, the corn was delicious. Then again, its impossible to mess up cooking this vegetable. I did like the Macaroni and Cheese, and you get a generous heaping of it with the platter. Also the cornbread was off the hook delicious, so there’s at least once authentic item on the menu. Avoid the fried okra, as its messy, soft, and seems to have been broiled in such a way that it just falls apart on your fork. The same can be said for the collard greens, which were actually served cold. That is completely unacceptable, and for that reason alone, I will never eat here again. If you really want to go here, get something besides their weak tasting pork, such as a hamburger or chicken sandwich.
The tables are nicely set up with a red and white checkerboard tablecloth. I like the pig decorations throughout the dining room, and the overall cleanliness. Its a much more organized BBQ restaurant than most I’ve been to. As for the service, other than the “Carolina Sauce fiasco,” I have to say that its pretty good. While nothing extraordinary, the servers seem to make sure your order is brought to you in an efficient manner, and I can’t say that our table has ever been ignored. Most of the staff are college students, and I do love their enthusiasm, no matter how misguided it may be.
Are there worst places to go? Absolutely, but Dixie Bones isn’t a winner in my book. The lack of delicious pork, makes or breaks a BBQ restaurant. For that reason alone I cannot recommend it, even though it is convenient to Route 1 and Interstate 95. This restaurant is open from 11 am -9 pm daily, and it is located at 13440 Occoquan Road Woodbridge, VA 22191. You can call them at 703-492-2205, and if you want a carryout order, this will save you substantial time for the ordering process,. I’d say go to any other BBQ place in the area, as this is just a major disappointment compared to how popular it is.