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Three new barbecue restaurants have opened since December, so naturally the meat eaters among us want to know which are worth a visit. First came Federalist Pig (1654 Columbia Road NW) from Pitmaster Rob Sonderman, formerly of DCity Smokehouse. The laidback Adams Morgan hang could run a clinic on coaxing out smoky flavor.
Not so much at the new DCity Smokehouse that debuted next (at 203 Florida Ave. NW). Though the space is handsome, service is chaotic, something’s up with the beer, and the pulled pork tastes like beef jerky doused in uncut vinegar.
Finally, there’s Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque in Old Town Alexandria (220 N Lee St.). The setting is Applebee’s-esque. And don’t get your hopes up just because the “winningest man in BBQ” attached his name to the restaurant. The ribs are gristly, and everything is too sweet.
Still, each has some strengths. Use the chart to guide yourself to the restaurant that serves your favorite barbecue dish the best.