Fourteen of us convened on the Rendezvous for a nice meet and greet dinner on Thursday evening. The place was rocking and we were finally seated after about 45 minutes wait at 8:45pm. An enjoyable dinner and some catching up with old friends while meeting and getting to know new friends.
Friday started with a pre-dawn raid on Bryant's Breakfast, a 5:30am opening popular breakfast spot. We indulged in eggs, biscuit sandwiches of every variety, cinnamon rolls and someone even slipped in some pie.
The bus loaded up at 9:30am and we pulled out for the long 5 minute drive to Gus's Fried Chicken. The staff was gracious enough to open an hour early as the lines pre-opening would have precluded us from stopping here. The chicken was among the best I've had anywhere! From there, a short 15 minute ride to Desiree Robinson's Cozy Corner and some fantastic bbq in a day that would be filled with three top contenders. Here we had bbq pork, ribs, Cornish hen, sausage, bologna and plenty of bbq spaghetti. It was amazing and great to see her 4 generations of family working together.
Next up, a quick change of pace as we visited the Cupboard. Most folks opted for the 4 veggie plate and our two had mac n cheese, buttered squash, eggplant casserole and collard greens on the first and mac n cheese, fired okra, corn pudding and green beans on the second. We finished off with banana pudding, apple cobbler and their famous lemon ice box pie. Ahead of schedule, a quick audible took us to Nancypalooza's recommended Muddy's Bake Shop for pie, bars and a great lemon iced strawberry cake....so good!
BBQ double header time - first stop, the Germantown Commissary for bbq everything - pork shoulder, ribs, shrimp, sausage, deviled eggs and of course, banana pudding - which I felt was my best ever! Finally, Central BBQ for a bbq sampler compliments of Roadfood that began with house made chips, pulled chicken nachos, and finally a plate for each with a dry rub wing, a bbq glazed wing, a couple of ribs and a pulled pork slider. Whew!
Many choose to walk the mile or so back as we had a picture perfect 72 degrees and sunny skies. Most are taking a break or a short nap before formulating dinner plans. A great day!