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2004/01/19 19:24:33 (permalink)

BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA

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BUZ & NED'S REAL BARBECUE



I could've listed this thread under so many subject headings: "Restaurants Taken for Granted"; "MA to FL"; "Eating While Driving" (which I'm embarrassed to say I did today) or "BBQ Finds". I could've even included it in "Getting Your Posts Deleted" had I owned any stock in this place (as I wish I did). But having passed by this place for so many years and not finally stopping in until today, allow me to profess: OOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEE !!!!! This place is great !!

While I've frequently dined in Richmond for over 15 years and have posted in the past regarding that city's Acacia, (former) Frog & The Redneck and the famous Smokey Pig restaurants (as well as the delectable, local Rostov's Coffee), I have wrongly overlooked this Road Food-on-the-outside / Road Food on-the-inside eatery. And while I've bared witness to other posts about the ease of getting to Bill's Barbecue from I-95, let me tell you, this place is just as easy to get to off of I-95 as it travels through Richmond, Virginia (less than a mile west off of the "Boulevard" exit) at 1119 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia.

Buz & Ned's concentrates on pork barbecue, ribs, brisket and chicken. Their "coarsely chopped and oversized" pork or "boneless pulled BBQ chicken" sandwiches were each just $ 3.95. A Texas-style, "big-smokey-and tender" beef brisket sandwich was $ 5.75. Meanwhile, ribs ranged from a half-rack of either baby back pork ribs or pork spare ribs each for $ 12.95 to a full rack of either for $ 20.95. Sides ranged from cuke & onion salad to macaroni & cheese.

I opted for the small pulled BBQ chicken platter which, for just $ 6.45, proved to be a huge sandwich of smokey, succulent white meat in a tangy, North Carolina (sorry, Lone Star) BBQ sauce topped with coarsely-chopped coleslaw that proved hearty and just the slightest of sweet. It came with a side of twice-fried french fries and scrumptious baked (pinto and kidney) beans cooked with smoked bacon (the latter proved the most difficult to consume on the road).

A great review of this place (which has yet to be mentioned on this site) can be found on Richmond.com's web site at:
http://www.richmond.com/dining/output.cfm?ID=2698508&vertical=dining .

So here's a new and HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED Road Food "find" for those of you using I-95 as a north / south route. They're open Mondays - Saturdays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Don't make the same mistake I did by wrongly overlooking this bonafide barbecue joint.


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    signman
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/01/19 19:59:46 (permalink)
    Bill's Barbeque.....never heard of the place.

    I'm a brisket lover. Just the fact that Buz & Ned offer it in the heart of the eastern NC style bbq belt is noteworthy. I wish you would have begged a taste. Hope you'll stop by again and give it a try so you can report back. Not heading in that direction until March. Will definitely have to stop in. Too bad no Sunday hours.

    But, do they serve fresh squeezed limeaid?
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/01/19 20:31:44 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by signman

    But, do they serve fresh squeezed limeaid?


    signman, unlike Bill's which serves both homemade lemonade or limeade (which is worth going there for alone -- especially to taste that unique, pre-blended sugar water that serves as its major ingredient), Buz & Ned's serves lemonade only (albeit homemade). They complement such with freshly-brewed sweet tea as well as Route 66 Root Beer, Boylan's Black Cherry and Cream sodas, RC Cola, Nehi Grape, Orange or Peach, Red Rock Ginger Ale and Cool Mountain Ginger Ale. FYI.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/01/19 23:42:05 (permalink)
    One other ingredient that for me adds so much to Bill's ade's are the little jagged edge nuggets of ice that seem to absorb the flavor of the drink so well and are just as satisfying to consume as the liquid itself. Together with the thin flaked ice, you just don't find many places serving this type of ice. I could probably start a thread to discuss the types of ice in hope of learning the technical name for this type ice, but that would really confirm that us "roadfoodies" are just a little crazy.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/01/20 05:17:10 (permalink)
    Thanks for the enthusiastic report (and we're glad you so enjoyed it). On frequent visits to Richmond in '89 and '90, I was unable to find a decent barbeque place, but found two really bad ones (local chain, name forgotten). I relied on friend's input back then, instead of doing research, like I do now. Hope you can tell us more before too long.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/01/20 08:01:47 (permalink)
    I found a few very good roadfood stops in Richmond. I've never been to Buzz and Neds, however I usually save my bbq runs for the Carolinas and Georgia. The places I usually recommend in Richmond serve traditional southern style food. Freckles is a local "good ol' boy" bar and restaurant in the Libbie Grove neighborhood. They serve up fried chicken, spoon bread, fried okra, sweet tea and banana pudding. Dabney's is an African American supper club near the bus depot serving up succulent fried chicken, limp string beans, and spoon bread. McCleans on Broad Street has huge gut busting southern breakfasts of Country Ham, Biscuits, Grits and Cheese Omelets. They even have fat back and fried bologna on the menu. Finally Klara's Kitchun (that's how its spelled) in suburban Chester has a huge array of Southern Vegetables including spinach souffle and candied yams. They even serve alcohol!

    Oh! Sorry to hijack the thread!
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/01/20 10:07:54 (permalink)
    quote:
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    McCleans on Broad Street has huge gut busting southern breakfasts of Country Ham, Biscuits, Grits and Cheese Omelets. They even have fat back and fried bologna on the menu.


    You're so right, wanderingjew. McLean's is not only great road food it is yet another place located just a couple of miles off of the interstate and completely worthy of bypassing the immediate, off-ramp, onslaught of fast food places to find it (on West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia -- which also is home to nearby Extra Billy's Barbecue as well as Krispy Kreme).
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/03/10 14:20:58 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by signman

    Bill's Barbeque.....never heard of the place.

    I'm a brisket lover. Just the fact that Buz & Ned offer it in the heart of the eastern NC style bbq belt is noteworthy. I wish you would have begged a taste. Hope you'll stop by again and give it a try so you can report back. Not heading in that direction until March. Will definitely have to stop in. Too bad no Sunday hours.

    But, do they serve fresh squeezed limeaid?


    Speaking of Bill's, does anyone know how they cook the pork? It isn't really cooked by smoking as with traditional barbeque is it? (therefore maybe it's not really "barbeque"). I do happen to really enjoy it, whatever it is though. And of course the limeades. By the way, my wife has pretty well cloned the delicious tangy sauce that you use at the table. If anyone is interested I can post it.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/03/10 16:02:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by i95

    I opted for the small pulled BBQ chicken platter which, for just $ 6.45, proved to be a huge sandwich of smokey, succulent white meat in a tangy, North Carolina (sorry, Lone Star) BBQ sauce topped with coarsely-chopped coleslaw that proved hearty and just the slightest of sweet. It came with a side of twice-fried french fries and scrumptious baked (pinto and kidney) beans cooked with smoked bacon (the latter proved the most difficult to consume on the road).





    It sounds just wonderful but how in the world does one eat a huge sandwich with clowslaw on top while driving?
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/03/10 16:03:13 (permalink)
    Answer: Not well.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/03/10 16:06:35 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by signman

    Speaking of Bill's, does anyone know how they cook the pork?


    signman, I could be wrong but I don't believe it's smoked in the traditional on-site way -- at least not on site at Bill's multiple Richmond locations.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/03/10 17:39:51 (permalink)
    Hey i95, that was me asking about how they cook the pork at Bill's. Anyway, I've gone there for years (at least 50), and I'm pretty sure they cook it in an oven, or maybe even boil it! But all that aside, it's the delicate and not vinegary, not smokey flavor that I wonder how they achieve. It's probably not worth experimenting with since I can just stop by any of their locations and buy it by the pound.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/07/02 08:39:29 (permalink)
    An addendum to this Richmond, Virginia BBQ find (as well as one hosting DaveM's recent honeymoon excursion) is another Richmond-area BBQ joint in Chesterfield, Virginia (about 15-20 minutes south): Brock's Barbecue.

    Billed by Richmond's Style Weekly as a BBQ haunt which "will send you home to the couch fat and happy" (see: http://www.styleweekly.com/article.asp?idarticle=6758), I dined here for lunch earlier this week and the major draw is a great value buffet which, for just $ 5.95, features delicious pulled pork and chicken BBQ, fried chicken, cornbread stuffing, green beans and bacon, mashed potatoes, collard greens, coleslaw, potato salad and so much more. A definitive bargain and located at:

    Brock's Barbecue
    11310 Ironbridge Road
    Chesterfield, Virginia
    (804)796-7539



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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2004/07/30 11:37:07 (permalink)
    Buz's BBQ is great, but his ribs are AWESOME! He's open later into the evening and now serves alcohol in his newly remodeled space.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/14 13:30:19 (permalink)
    I had the beef brisket and pork sandwiches. The sauce is spicy and vinagery. Flavor is understated. Well worth a visit. It's about a half mile from a Bill's Barbacue.

    Below is a photo of Buz and Ned's.

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/14 14:46:00 (permalink)
    I live in Richmond. I really can't stand Bill's BBQ. I'll trust you all when it comes to the limeaid but i'm low carbing it so there will be no limeaid for me. On the other hand, Buzz and Neds is easily the best BBQ joint in town. Last time I was there, they were advertising bison ribs. I'd be interested in trying them.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/14 15:14:20 (permalink)

    I agree that Buz n Ned's is excellent. Ask them to hold the sauce so you can add your own proportions, otherwise the pulled pork bbq sandwich comes already mixed with the sauce.

    As for Bill's Barbecue, it's just a different kind of process; not really "barbecue" in my opinion, because they don't smoke the pork. I happen to like it, but I realize that I'm getting a pork sandwich that's not necessarily what people would call true barbecue. Their limeades and pies are truly excellent.

    Frank

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/14 15:20:02 (permalink)
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    I live in Richmond. I really can't stand Bill's BBQ. I'll trust you all when it comes to the limeaid but i'm low carbing it so there will be no limeaid for me. On the other hand, Buzz and Neds is easily the best BBQ joint in town. Last time I was there, they were advertising bison ribs. I'd be interested in trying them.


    Koolz,

    Welcome to the Roadfood forum! Nice to have someone else from the area here. (I live in Powhatan and work in Richmond downtown.)

    Maybe you can mention some of your favorite spots in this area.

    Frank

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/17 16:18:41 (permalink)
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    Maybe you can mention some of your favorite spots in this area.

    Frank


    Sure thing:
    BBQ- Buzz and Neds
    Fried Chicken- Lee's
    Spaghetti- Joe's Inn
    Breakfast- McLean's
    Italian- Mama Zu
    Fish- Milani
    Brunch- Millie's
    Pizza- Mary Angelas
    Subs- Superstars
    Ice Cream- Gelati Celesti
    Beer- Capital Ale House

    Richmond is a great restaurant town; however, it is not what I would define as a great roadfood town. The majority of the quality retaurants are in the $15-$30 range. While there are the exceptions that do exist, Richmond just doesn't have those really, unique low end places that are such a delight to find when driving through an area.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/17 16:42:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Koolz

    quote:

    Maybe you can mention some of your favorite spots in this area.

    Frank


    Sure thing:
    BBQ- Buzz and Neds
    Fried Chicken- Lee's
    Spaghetti- Joe's Inn
    Breakfast- McLean's
    Italian- Mama Zu
    Fish- Milani
    Brunch- Millie's
    Pizza- Mary Angelas
    Subs- Superstars
    Ice Cream- Gelati Celesti
    Beer- Capital Ale House

    Richmond is a great restaurant town; however, it is not what I would define as a great roadfood town. The majority of the quality retaurants are in the $15-$30 range. While there are the exceptions that do exist, Richmond just doesn't have those really, unique low end places that are such a delight to find when driving through an area.


    I have to disagree with Richmond not being a road food town. I really enjoyed Freckle's in Richmond's west end neighborhood. I also thought Dabney's near the bus station had excellent fried chicken, however I understand they are no longer in business. Then of course there is The Smoky Pig and Klara's Kitchun in suburban Ashland and Chester.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/17 16:58:57 (permalink)


    I'm not sure what would make a place a great roadfood town. Most cities and towns have one or more pretty good roadfood places; you just have to find out about them.

    WJ: The Dabney's that you mentioned is no longer around. But I think that the Karen's Diner on West Broad St. across from the DMV which I've mentioned before used to be called Dabney's. Anyway, Karen's Diner definitely qualifies as true "RoadFood."

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/17 17:00:33 (permalink)
    Lived in Richmond for six years. I find the places in the Fan to be truly great Roadfood. Bill's is what it is(good limeade) but places such as Sobel's, The Track, New York Deli, The Bus Stop, Millies, Robin's Inn, Slyvester's near Colonial Heights are truly great. Good food, inexpensive and worth the trip off of 95.

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/19 10:32:10 (permalink)


    I stand corrected.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/20 06:16:35 (permalink)
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    I stand corrected.


    Koolz:

    No, I don't think there's a "correct," or "incorrect" with regard to your statement. You've motivated another member (Bill Voss) to pose the question....see http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6244

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/20 06:28:36 (permalink)

    Koolz,

    Not to get too far off topic (Buz n Ned's), but you mentioned in your list "Lee's Fried Chicken." I've seen the place but never been there. That place has been any number of different restaurants over the years. I remember that it was "The Plantation Room" originally (c. 1960).

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/01/20 14:51:23 (permalink)
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    Koolz,

    Not to get too far off topic (Buz n Ned's), but you mentioned in your list "Lee's Fried Chicken." I've seen the place but never been there. That place has been any number of different restaurants over the years. I remember that it was "The Plantation Room" originally (c. 1960).

    Frank



    I haven't really dug into the bowels of Richmond's fried chicken scene, but it is a pleasant change of pace from the more well-known fried chicken places in Richmond (KFC, Ukrops, Hardees). They serve a tradional, a crispy and spicy, and a baked herb. I normally opt for the traditional.

    To tie this back into the thread, if for some reason you are putting togEthor a picnic or a tailgate. I suggest hitting Lee's for some sweet tea and a bucket or two. Then I would pick up my Buzz & Neds BBQ and sides!

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/02/01 09:29:05 (permalink)
    Is Buzz and Ned's & Lee's convenient or close to the coliseum? I will be there for a basketball tourney the first of March and our group has run out of places to eat that are close to the Marriott. The Penny Lane Pub use to have decent food within walking distance but they have moved.
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/02/01 10:31:38 (permalink)
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    Is Buzz and Ned's & Lee's convenient or close to the coliseum? I will be there for a basketball tourney the first of March and our group has run out of places to eat that are close to the Marriott. The Penny Lane Pub use to have decent food within walking distance but they have moved.


    BBQjoe,

    Unfortunately, Buz 'n Ned's and Lee's Fried Chicken are not within walking distance of the Marriott in Richmond. They are further west out near The Diamond (Richmond Braves' ball park). But The Penney Lane Pub is still within walking distance of the Marriott. It's at 421 E. Franklin St. pho. 804-780-1602. This is just a block or so from their old location. I haven't been there since they moved a year or so ago.

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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/02/23 12:20:31 (permalink)
    Anyone know about a double T's in Carytown section and also Strawberry St. Cafe?
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    RE: BUZ & NED'S BBQ in RICHMOND, VA 2005/02/23 12:57:25 (permalink)
    Any of you Richmond Roadfooders ever get down to Kings BBQ in Petersburg?
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