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Carolina Brothers BBQ or Willard's BBQ?

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by lilboltz10, May 14, 2013.

  1. lilboltz10

    lilboltz10 New Member

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    What is the preferred vendor for BBQ? I am hosting a party this weekend and was going to order from one of these locations. I have never tried Carolina Brothers BBQ but I ADORE Willard's potato salad. What do you recommend?
     
  2. goofus

    goofus New Member

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    Of the two, I prefer Carolina Brothers. However, don't neglect Urban BBQ in Ashburn Village for your catering needs. I like Urban BBQ over Carolina Brothers.
     
  3. lilboltz10

    lilboltz10 New Member

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    Yes, I looked at Urban BBQ but it was too expensive at roughly double the price per person.
     
  4. hometheaterguy

    hometheaterguy New Member

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    Willard's. better sides. I've tried urban three times and it always seems mediocre.
     
  5. We Love Disney

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    Caroline Bros chicken is my favorite. BBUUTT We went to a catered party from Red Hot and Blue. Good, very good, especially the potato salad. But I prefer Carolina Bros.
     
  6. twohokies

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    Another thumbs up for Carolina Brothers...... always my favorite bbq.

    One suggestion if you get hot dogs to serve with the bbq is to ask for a small batch not put in the buns. Myself and 1 of my children are gluten free and could not have the hot dogs at a recently catered event because they had touched the bread. The bbq is gluten free, though the sauce is not. It's still very good!
     
  7. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    Willards gets my vote- love the bbq better and the sides!
     
  8. typicalfamilyoffour

    typicalfamilyoffour New Member

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    Another vote for Carolina Brothers.
     
  9. razng2grtboys

    razng2grtboys New Member

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    I guess I need to try the others sometime, but I LOVE Carolina Brothers!!
     
  10. lilboltz10

    lilboltz10 New Member

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    I am going to try Carolina Brothers tonight for dinner. I have had Willard's countless times in the past and I know it's great (especially the potato salad). I hope I like Carolina Brothers as much, if not more, because it's so much closer!
     
  11. jen

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    Carolina Brothers!!
     
  12. lilboltz10

    lilboltz10 New Member

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    Thank you everyone for the recommendations!

    I went to CB last night and ordered 2 platters. The first platter was chicken with potato salad and mac n cheese. The second platter was pork with cole slaw and potato salad.

    The chicken was tender, same with the pork. The sandwich wasn't "full" but the meat was good. I did not care for the BBQ sauce and I generally like vinegar. I can always buy my own BBQ sauce to supplement so Willard's and CB are a tie in this category for taste of the meat.

    So the sides got me. Willard's won hands down, no competition. Don't get me wrong, the mac n cheese was great but the potato salad was too yellow (hence, too much egg yolk). The cole slaw was okay but nothing to write home about. I always brag about Willard's potato salad because it's incredible and the BEST potato salad I've ever tasted. So hats off to Willard's when it comes to the sides.

    My mom was the other "taster" and she did not care for the use of hamburger rolls instead of kaiser rolls. She's from up north so she hates the rolls here anyway. She liked the meat, not the sauce, liked the mac n cheese, not the potato salad, and thought the cole slaw was just "okay".

    I REALLY REALLY wanted to like CB more than Willard's because it's close and I like supporting a local company. I will return for a quick fix but Willard's is still my favorite out there.
     
  13. razng2grtboys

    razng2grtboys New Member

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    I know I said I love CB in earlier post, but let me clarify...I have never had better RIBS anywhere else before! That is what I love about it. Honestly I've never tried anything else on the menu and I never order sides.

    I think I might be getting 1 1/2 racks to bring home this evening. ;-)
     
  14. hometheaterguy

    hometheaterguy New Member

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    If you're ever in Arlington or Alexandria, check out rocklands. I'd dare say its the best BBQ in northern va. Second only to my personal slow smoked Bacon-Basket-Brisket...
     

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    Agree - RHB's potato salad is very good!
     
  16. Mike-and-Kim

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    Love Carolina Brothers, everything about it.

    Plus, the kids working there always are happy and smiling. Unlike most of the chains...
     
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    Willard's BBQ has a smoker taste that does not over power the taste of the meat. I vote for Willard's!
     
  18. Traci

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    Where is Willards?
     
  19. LightningBuggs

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    In a strip mall adjacent to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.
     

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