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Review: Woodrow’s Serves Up Top-Notch Southern Bar-B-Que in Mt. Washington

Opening in 2017, Mt. Washington’s Woodrow’s Bar-B-Que has already grown to be a notable restaurant that’s less than ten minutes from Boys’ Latin. Its 4.8 star Google rating and the reviews, for the majority, have nothing less than good things to say about this southern-style eatery.

Turns out, the worst part about this restaurant is finding a decent parking space. They do have four or five parking spaces adjacent to the restaurant, but since it’s located on the curb of a one-way road, I ended up parking behind a nearby building. There is no extra fee for parking in their lot as well. Once I found a spot, all I had to do was walk right in the front door and I was greeted with a warm welcome. The service was extremely friendly and showed a real interest in being there. Since I know you wouldn’t go strictly for the service, I’ll get to the good stuff.

The menu, although small, contains some of the most delicious food I’ve had in a long time. The food is a little pricey, but it truly paid my taste buds back with flavor. Half a pound of brisket is fourteen dollars, half a pound of pulled pork is nine dollars, and all the sides are a-la-carte, costing anywhere from two to five dollars. I purchased a half pound of brisket, a half pound of pulled pork, collard greens, coleslaw, and mac and cheese, making my total bill forty dollars.

Starting at the top of the list, the brisket was an absolute treat. It is a rare occasion that I have brisket, so this was truly a delight. I found the dry rub to compliment the moistness of the brisket. It was the perfect consistency—not too tough—and strung out like brisket should be. The brisket alone was enough to fill me up, so I ended up getting the rest to go. The pulled pork was even better than the brisket. The smokey flavor really brought it to life, and the pork was extremely moist and tender.

Now onto the sides. The coleslaw was perfect. It had a bit of a vinegary taste to it, but it was for the better. That twang was a nice addition to the normal coleslaw I’m used to. The mac and cheese. Where do I even start? The mac and cheese was delicious and had that “homemade” texture to it, going back to its roots with a creamy, gooey, and stringy foundation. Upon receiving my collard greens, I quickly realized that they were not the ones that I am used to. My first bite was interesting. It constantly battled my taste buds between salty and sweet, and I was unable to make a decision about which flavor it is. The greens had a strong twang to them and were personally not my cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of semi-sweet collard greens then these are right up your alley.

Both delectable and savory, Woodrow’s is definitely a good choice for catering large parties and events. Since they only have about three or four tables in the restaurant itself, don’t plan to bring a large group for dining in. They sell sandwiches as well, so this barbecue joint is appropriate for all times of the day. However, if you’re planning on a date, I advise you bring some wet naps.

Photo via Woodrow’s Bar-B-Que