National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ/D.C. Area

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National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ/D.C. Area

First time at The National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.  It is really a beautiful site to see.  Hopefully Mother Nature will take the hint and let Spring begin.
 
Before I left home, my daughter who lives in Arlington called and told me to try a new route through Gettysburg, scenic and less traffic.  So I map out the route....it takes me right through Emmitsburg, MD, and right past Chubby's BBQ.  Here's the problem, it's Friday, it's Lent and my wife and I are trying to be good Catholics.  But I can't just drive by, I've been wanting to try Chubby's and meet Tom for years.
 
I checked out Chubby's website enough to recognize the place, no problem.  Right on the corner of Route 15 and Old Frederick Road.  But in reality, the smell of Q would have led me right to the door
 

 
As soon as I walk in I am greeted by Tom.  I introduced myself and it was like we were old friends.  I explained my eating dilemma to Tom, so he took me in the back to show me what I was missing
 

 
Thanks again Tom
 
My wife had a very good Caesar Salad.(Menu Description)Caesar Salad These salads are so good, one customer traded his for a new Mercedes! - 6.99
 
And we split an order of the garlic fries that Tom has been posting about.
 

 
These fries were amazing.  I mean, just look at them.
 
I had a cup(I don't think Tom knows what a cup is)of Cream of Crab Soup.(Menu Description)
Cream Of Crab Soup limit 2 bowls per customer.  this stuff is soooo good, many people cry at the last spoonful.Bowl - 7.25  cup - 5.75
 

 
The extremely tasty serving was huge, and filled with succulent chunks of crab.  Saying there was crab in every spoonful would be an understatement.
 
I also had a fried catfish sandwich, farm raised of course!  A very good, clean tasting sandwich that I topped with Chubby's "World Class" Volcano Sauce. 
 

 
The moist and tasty fish went very well with the spicy sauce.
 
So, all in all, I didn't do too bad with my meatless meal.  I told Tom that I would do an official RF review when I visited his place, but I am going to wait until I can post about the good stuff.  I will be using this new route for all my future trips.  Less traffic and Chubby's BBQ, what a combo
 
Here we are going over important RF business
 

 
This is what's on Tom's business card:
 

 
Believe me, he's all that, and a whole lot more
 
Serious, one of the nicest people you will ever meet, with a passion for putting out the best product he can.
post edited by joerogo - 2011/06/05 10:51:11
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    Ahi Mpls.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/02 20:53:59 (permalink)
     Oh, BRAVO! 
        That soup! I am crying before my first spoonful!  
      Joe, Are good catholics allowed to PURCHASE bbq on Friday? ( keep it locked in the trunk 'till 12:01 Saturday morning perhaps?)  
     Your pictures are lovely, nice to see you guys, excellent report.
     Now, Can Tom do soup in the mail?!  
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/02 22:52:01 (permalink)
    Great post Joe! I really got a kick out of your "make it work on a Friday during Lent" meal. I might give up meat forever for some o' those garlic fries!  
     
    I'd be remiss if I did not put in a plug for our very own Cherry Blossom Festival here in NJ. Supposedly even more of them than even DC, but because it's in Newark...well, you know.. But we usually combine it with a trip to the Ironbound section of Newark for some Porteguese food:
     
     http://stylepeterson.com/branch-brook-park-newark-nj-cherry-blossom-festival-photos/essex-county-cherry-blossom-festival
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/02 23:00:12 (permalink)
    I printed that picture of you two bozos and looked to see if there were any rewards offered.  Didn't find any so I'm tacking it on my wall.  The wall behind the door that no one ever closes. 
     
    Does Chubby's have a senior citizen discount, or an early bird special--gotta see if it is worth the trip?
     
    Last time I was in Gettysburg they were still shooting at us Yankees. 
     
     
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 06:08:11 (permalink)
    Great Post Joe! That meal looked great! I really need to make a trip down there!
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 07:34:41 (permalink)
    Great start to a trip...oh that soup looks like two bowls! Looking forward to D.C.   Thanks!
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 11:16:35 (permalink)
    the ancient mariner

    I printed that picture of you two bozos and looked to see if there were any rewards offered.  Didn't find any so I'm tacking it on my wall.  The wall behind the door that no one ever closes. 

    Does Chubby's have a senior citizen discount, or an early bird special--gotta see if it is worth the trip?

    Last time I was in Gettysburg they were still shooting at us Yankees. 



    Ancient One, we have a really unique Senior Special, all day every day, it works like this, buy one entree get the second one at full price, folks love it!

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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 11:28:24 (permalink)
    Nice feel good report!
     
    Hi guys.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 11:53:05 (permalink)
    Looks good Joe...and Tom...although I am not sure I am buying into the claim you skipped the meat offerings. Who knows what really happened after the cameras were turned off?
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 12:26:32 (permalink)
    Tony Bad

    Looks good Joe...and Tom...although I am not sure I am buying into the claim you skipped the meat offerings. Who knows what really happened after the cameras were turned off?

    Yep, The Rogo's have iron constitutions, I even did the airplane thing with some brisket on a fork, they kept their hands over their mouths, impressive!

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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 13:08:02 (permalink)
    What you have to do is get a papal dispensation. It's not that hard, you ask your priest if it's OK that you have meat on Fridays during Lent, for health reasons you need the protein, and he says, "No prob rogo." Snip snap, just like that. Seriously.
     
    And yeah, Tom sure can cook a meal, can't he?
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 14:06:36 (permalink)
    Hello all ,
    Great report Joe !!
    Sounds like a place to visit on aa future trip south .
    I thought the senior special was BUY ONE pay for three
    Hahahaha
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 14:15:05 (permalink)
    Great report, Joe. I would order the soup and catfish there even on a meat day!
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 14:34:57 (permalink)
    It isn't difficult skipping meat on Friday. 
    More people should try it.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 16:03:52 (permalink)
    AHI MPLS, Great RF minds think alike.  My sandwich came with a side dish.  I chose beans, to go.  I heated them up at the hotel.
     

     
    Just look at the amount of pork in there.  These beans alone would justify a road trip from MN.
     
    the ancient marine, TWO BOZO'S???  Yeah, that's a pretty accurate description I guess
     
    We ended up in Georgetown for dinner at Filomena's Restorante.  
     

     
    They are famous for their homemade pasta.  Made in the front window by their "Pasta Mama's".  Everyone gets their picture taken with the Pasta Mama's, Presidents, movie stars and me of course
     

     
    I was thinking more like "Hoochie Mama", but I kept my mouth shut since my wife was taking the picture
     
    This place is great, not over price with a very reasonable wine list.  Just take a look at my wifes entree "MANICOTTI  - Tubular Pasta made by our Pasta Mammas stuffed with blended Ricotta, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheeses. Topped and baked with the Tomato Sauce and melted Mozzarella Cheese. $21"
     

     
    Excellent pasta and sauce, a little heavy on the cheese though.
     
    I had "RAVIOLI DI FUNGHI Made by our Pasta Mammas ~ Ravioli stuffed with a blend of assorted Mushrooms & Italian Cheeses. Served with a Spinach and Shiitake Mushroom Cream Sauce with Cherry Tomatoes.  $22"
     

     
    Very good, fresh tasting dish.  I would have preferred less sauce, but the rav's were excellent.
     
    The decor in this place was could only be described as busy/outrageous.  The service was quick and friendly.  I highly recommend Filomena's if you are in the area.
     
    Tony Bad, Who?
     
    Mosca, I tried calling the Bishop.  I think he still has my number blocked
     
    The family also wanted to go here...
     

     
    I never heard of the place, but I guess they have their own reality show  Then we saw this....
     

     
    Nobody has a cupcake worth an hour long wait, nobody!
     
    Thanks all for your comments.  long time since I did a trip report.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 17:01:51 (permalink)
    Joe, Thank You!
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 17:18:48 (permalink)
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    Looks good Joe...and Tom...although I am not sure I am buying into the claim you skipped the meat offerings. Who knows what really happened after the cameras were turned off?

    Yep, The Rogo's have iron constitutions, I even did the airplane thing with some brisket on a fork, they kept their hands over their mouths, impressive!

     
    Impressive...I guess he'll be the one guy I know who is taking the up escalator in the afterlife.
     
    The nuns told me in the 5th grade which way I was heading.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/03 18:08:56 (permalink)
    My father was a WWII Veteran, so the highlight of this trip for me, was visiting the WWII Memorial.
     

     
    Set just past the Washington Memorial, before The Reflecting Pool, which is under construction.
     

     

     

     
    A close up of the Monument for the Pacific Theater.
     

     
    Some pics from an earlier visit to Arlington.
     

     

     

     
    I can't believe none of my kids knew who Audie Murphy was.
     

     
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 15:22:00 (permalink)
    Dude, I barely know who Audie Murphy was.  Great pics!  I wouldn't wait an hour for a cupcake either, however much I love them.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 16:47:36 (permalink)
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    Dude, I barely know who Audie Murphy was.  Great pics!  I wouldn't wait an hour for a cupcake either, however much I love them.

     
    Nancy, I should have included one of theseafter my post.  Plus they all took off on me when I tried to give them a history lesson 
     
     
     
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 17:16:20 (permalink)
    Joe, did you get to Ray's?
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 17:27:23 (permalink)
    Just make them watch To Hell and Back Again.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 19:35:22 (permalink)
    Joe-great report.Its bringing back fond memories of my visit to DC when the blossoms were in bloom.Since that was 43 years ago, I just cant recall the roadfood places we ate. Wonderful to hear Toms place is all its cracked up to be!!
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 21:02:09 (permalink)
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    Joe, did you get to Ray's?

     
    Yes, we made it to Ray's the Steak, same owner as Ray's Hell Burger and several other restaurants that are taking the DC Area by storm.  The owner, Michael Landrum is known as a very testy person.  He has thrown out or banned most newspaper food critics and any else who pi$$es him off.  So, with that said, no pictures with this report
     
    Michaels game plan is to have a restaurant that is reasonable and friendly and he has done well.  To keep costs down, no website or advertising.  Since I didn't dare take a picture of the menu, I can only tell you that the average prime steak is about thirty bucks, including unlimited creamed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes.
     
    The steaks were very, very good.  the only thing I believe was lacking was a broiler hot enough to give a good sear.  Don't tell him I said so.  The wine list was second to none.  A long list of bottles at thirty bucks and most headliners at about fifty bucks.
     
    Ok, I know I'm all over the place.  Fast, extremely friendly service, great steaks, plenty of food, good prices, excellent wine list.  Go there, just don't pi$$ him off
     
    Oh, my daughter tells me their Monday special for twenty bucks includes soup, entree and desert.  Best deal in town!
     
     
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 21:25:25 (permalink)
    Benzee, Get a bus going to Chubby's, and I'm on it
     
    annpeeples, Having a daughter living in the DC Area is opening up a whole new world for me.  
     
    One other stop we made was The Banana cafe.  We were heading to The Eastern market, but it started to rain.  The only reason I mention the Banana Cafe is their ceviche.  One of the best I ever had.  The rest of the menu is a mixture of Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican.  The don't do justice to any of these cuisines.
     
    Next trip we want to make it to Poets and Busboys, as reviewed by Nancy.
     

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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/04 22:00:49 (permalink)
    Hello  all ,
    Excellent report buddy . I remember watching To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy more than once on the Afternoon or Sunday morning movie of the week .
    Chubby s would be a hell of a one day trip , but I think it may be worth it .
    DC is a wonderful place to visit with the history .
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/05 10:20:49 (permalink)
    Excellent report and great photos.  I was in DC justa couple weeks ago, stopped at a small deli right around 6th St and near Newseum, and had an excellent pita with avocado, tomato, and cream cheese and lettuce.
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/24 20:05:34 (permalink)
    ***UPDATE***
     
    We got takeout from Chubby's on Thursday, thanks to my daughter coming home for Easter.
     
    Packed perfect for the 2 1/2 hour ride north, we ordered ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork.  Tom's staff packed everything cold so we could reheat it at home without the Q drying out.  Great idea, everything was moist and extremely good.
     
    Tom, Q just doesn't get any better than this!
     

     
    Oh, one complaint.  Could you put some greens in the greens?  Just look at the amount of pork in them
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/24 20:27:57 (permalink)
    Looks fantastic!!!
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    Re:National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C./Chubby's BBQ 2011/04/25 09:40:58 (permalink)
    I haven't had breakfast yet and that plate is killing me!
     
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