Bernie and I just got back from lunch at Due South BBQ, one of our favorite local eateries. They serve great barbeque chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Last time we were there we split a full rack of ribs with french fries and their yummy coleslaw. Today we each had 1/2 a chicken with slaw. Your meat arrives right out of the smoker ready for you to choose from 5 different sauces in squeeze bottles at your table. Bernie likes the sweet brown sauce, which has a molasses base and I can’t get enough of the spicy red, a tangy ketchup base sauce. I love the way it makes my lips tingle and it tastes sinfully good. If those sauces aren’t for you try the sweet red, the mustard base sweet yellow or vinegar base Lexington. No need to worry about the sauce. There’s a big roll of paper towels on every table. If slaw isn’t your side of choice there’s mac and cheese, baked beans, fries and what great southern barbeque doesn’t come with hush puppies.
Do you like BLTs? At Due South the ‘T’ stands for fried green Tomatoes. Don’t forget to check out some of their specials. Tuesday offers all you can eat pork and sides and on Wednesday kids eat free with and adult purchase. Try their smoked brisket on the weekend. I haven’t yet, but maybe next time. I also want to try the fried dill pickle spears and fried jalapeno poppers.
Want to hear some local music? Depending on the night, there may be Rockabilly, Gypsy Jazz, Gospel or just good ole fashion Bluegrass.
Due South is also very big in the Virginia Green movement. All of dine-in packaging is 100% biodegradable and has been collected and composted since 2010. Used oil is reclaimed and converted into biodiesel and all glass and metal is recycled.
After you have filled your belly with barbeque, walk next door to their newly opened Local Yokel’s, a hodgepodge shop of local art, trendy clothing and other accessories. I wanted to try on a pair of vintage striped overalls that I spotted but Bernie wouldn’t let me. When I have more time, or maybe when he isn’t with me, I’ll sneak back and try on a pair.
Need some hillbilly stemware? Buy some made by a Local Yokel. Looking for a pair of cowboy boots? There are already dozens to choose from and lots more coming soon. Anne Vaughan. a local jewelry artist, has her pieces prominently displayed on a table right up front.
There are lots of cute tops on the clothes racks along with some really fun and funky purses. More artists are adding their goods every day and they even stock my cookbook Inn-Dulgences Culinary Delights from The Oaks Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Bon Appetit and Happy Shopping!