Search for the Best Ribs in DC, Part II

Return to the Quest

Hello! I hope that everyone had a great weekend and had a chance to do something special for Mother’s Day.  It was nice to get a break from the never-ending rain.

This article is a follow-up to my original Search for the Best Ribs in DC article.  That story received a terrific response, so I wanted to provide an update with some of the new places we have visited.  Has a new champion risen to dethrone the reigning king, Johnny Boy?  Read below to find out!

The Tender Rib

The Tender Rib

Great ribs at a good price!

This was a quote from our good friend Walter P. and he was right on the money.  Located in the shopping plaza down the street from the Joint Base Andrews main gate, this carry-out features traditional Soul-Food, Caribbean style food and, of course, barbeque.

Unlike most carry-outs of this type, the sides were delicious.  We tried the macaroni and cheese and the collared greens; both were worthy companions to the sweet, succulent pork ribs that we thoroughly enjoyed.

Featuring fast, friendly service, this spot was a perfect choice for a Sunday afternoon dinner pickup.  If you’re ever on that side of town, it is definitely worth the visit.

The Tender Rib
4809 Allentown Rd
Morningside, MD 20746
(301) 316-1019

 DCity Smokehouse

dcity smokehouseyummy bbq

Relax, #Chill, #drink some beer and eat some #BBQ

This restaurant’s Instagram account posted this message a few months ago and it couldn’t be more accurate.  Located a few blocks east of the bustling U Street corridor, this place is an “upscale hole-in-the-wall” with a relaxed vibe that makes you feel at home, or at least, back in college.  The beats and lyrics of A Tribe Called Quest and other early ’90s Hip-Hop hits welcomed us in and the experience only got better from there.  We were treated to a delightful spread of barbeque dishes including a great beef brisket and a sandwich they call “The Big Snoop” which is a half-smoke topped with chopped pork bbq and coleslaw.  Ironically, the only dish that we weren’t crazy about was the ribs.  We will definitely return to this spot for more.

DCity Smokehouse
203 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC 20001

Lincoln’s Barbeque


The new kid on the block is Lincoln’s Barbeque, which has taken over the space in the downtown Silver Spring once held by AG Kitchen and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  I was so excited as this build-out neared completion and couldn’t wait to try it out.  Helpfully, they even accept OpenTable reservations.

The service was prompt and friendly and when the food came everything looked great.  Unfortunately, that was the highlight of evening as the taste left something to be desired.  Aside from the sauces, which were decent, the meats lacked the flavour you would expect. This place does have a noteworthy dessert called the Super Crazy Shake. Available in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties, this milkshake comes in a glass coated with chocolate, M&M’s and other candies.  It is the perfect Twitter-ready treat.

Hopefully things improve at this restaurant as I would really like to see it succeed.

Lincoln’s Barbeque
931 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 578-1660

Bottom line

The king is still perched safely on this throne as Johnny Boy remains our family’s favorite barbeque spot.  As our friend Eric P. commented on the first article, “Sorry, I just can’t send you anywhere besides Johnny Boy.”  Let’s see what the summer brings.  Please continue to send your suggestions to my facebook page at

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