From the moment you walk into D.B.A. Barbecue, you kind of feel like you’re at home. Even if you’re not from the South, even if you’re not a barbecue fanatic. It’s just comfortable, which is what a barbecue joint should be. But D.B.A. is comfortable without being a stereotype – from the warm wood paneling to the cheerful red booths, the sunny patio to the open kitchen – it’s a neighborhood gathering place and a place for a great meal!
The first time my hubby and I checked out D.B.A., we were there to use our Scoutmob discount. We’d heard great things about D.B.A., but had never (for whatever reason) taken the time to go. So here we were – staring at a menu that held so many temptations, I didn’t know where to look first: refreshing cocktails, starters I could make a meal out of, and of course, barbecue. So here’s what we chose – I think you’ll be tempted enough to go check them out tonight…or to pay another visit to this fave.
How can you not instantly fall in love with a barbecue place that has an extensive list of signature cocktails? I started out with the Bourbon and Ginger, a tantalizing concoction of Johnny Drum Bourbon, fresh ginger, and ginger beer. Delicious! Refreshing without being overly sweet. A new favorite! And where else can you get seven (count ’em, seven!) different kinds of moonshine? The hubby discovered a new favorite, as well! Then came the starters. Being a lover of Boiled Peanuts, they were a must-have. We also ordered the Fried Pickles & Fried Bacon with Ranch (pictured – top right), and yes, you read that right: fried bacon (deep-fried bacon? yes, please!). Those two are enough to keep me coming back – what a perfect game-day snack or mid-day gathering with friends on the patio!
Admittedly, I was already feeling full by the time our meals arrived, but I couldn’t resist digging in (luckily, barbecue reheats well, so I was able to enjoy it again the next day for lunch!). I’m a fan of the pig, so I tend to gravitate toward pork – I had the Virginia-Highland Pulled Pork platter with collard greens, Brunswick stew and Texas toast. My hubby had the possibly coronary-inducing Archie Bunker, which was the first thing he saw on the menu and knew he had to try it. The Archie Bunker is not for the faint of heart: smoked pulled pork on Texas Toast topped with mac and cheese, sweet BBQ sauce, Jack and Cheddar cheese (pictured – bottom right). On top of that (or rather, on the side) it also came with a side (if you can believe it).
If you still have room (which, sadly, we did not), there’s a great dessert menu, too. The banana pudding is top on my list for my next visit – and the dessert cocktails are calling my name…
Be sure to check in on Foursquare (sometimes there’s a special!), and if you’re around this Sunday, March 27, 2011, stop by and see me! I’ll be guest bartending!