Where: Willie’s BBQ (2245 Pocahontas Trail, Quinton, Va.)
Number of People: 2
Total Cost: $18
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
I lived in Charles City, Va., while in college and I learned that if you want home cookin’ Charles City is the place to be. A BBQ place opened up where the hole-in-the-wall McDonalds used to be and I had never been but had heard good things. One of my cousins even works there but since I don’t get back to Charles City as often I hadn’t visited. I finally had the chance and inclination to go and I have already been back since. Yes, Willie’s BBQ is that good. Adam and I went on a trip to visit my Grandmother and did not regret it. I got the Pork Sandwich Plate ($7.95) with Macaroni and Cheese (all of the sides are homemade) and a drink. Adam got the Beef Brisket Plate ($11) with Baked Beans, Candied Yams and Corn Bread and a drink. The meat was extremely tender and the available sauces were great. I preferred the North Carolina-style sauce, which is vinegar based, as opposed to the Virginia-style sauce, which is tomato based. The sides were obviously homemade. The mac and cheese was so incredibly cheesy without being dry as some homemade mac and cheeses can be. The beans and yams were sweet and the corn bread was crumbly and moist. As a hole-in-the-wall, off-the-beaten-path place it did not have very much decor and the music was as random as possible. But I think that helps give it charm. The service was great since the people who work there are friendly and they obviously enjoy their job as well as the food. You can take anything to go and there is indoor and outdoor seating.
If you ever find yourself on I-64 or Rt. 60 and want to take a rest, stop at the Bottoms Bridge exit and try out Willie’s. It is well worth the stop.