After I mentioned to Brian that I thought Spry’s had pretty good Q, he said that we had to go to Jinx’s for lunch. Who-hoo – BBQ two days in a row! Jinx’s has very random hours, so our backup was Belmont BBQ but we needn’t have bothered since, surprisingly, Jinx’s was open. There are just two booths and a small counter in the restaurant, so the fact that two gentlemen were eating lunch when we arrived meant that it was pretty crowded. The restaurant had an amazing hickory smell. We both ordered a BBQ samwich and fries but he only had one order of fries left and asked if we’d be okay with splitting it or have some baked beans in addition. We went with the beans. The Q is served on toasted white bread and the smallest amount of sauce. It was really good. The smoke came through and it had an amazing pork flavor. The oil that the fries are cooked in has been seasoned from all the frying so, even though they seemed to be frozen fries, they had a wonderful flavor. The beans were even great. I’m definitely going back to Jinx’s again for a sandwich, and maybe a rib.
I haven’t been to a new restaurant in a while, so I decided to take a long lunch-hour walk over to Spry’s BBQ. Spry’s opened about two months ago on the east end of the Corner neighborhood, where Northern Exposure stood for many years. I’m not a huge fan of food that focuses on meat, so when I heard that a new BBQ joint was opening, I didn’t even consider visiting it. When I read in one of the local weeklies that this place was the real deal, I added it back to my list of restaurants to visit. I’m glad I did. At lunch, they serve a buffet that includes their Carolina BBQ. It was so much better than Big Jim’s that I can’t describe it. I won’t say that this is the greatest thing I’ve eaten, but I can say that there is good Q in Charlottesville.