Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que

Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que on UrbanspoonMarch 30, 2012 This is another of those legendary restaurants, the kind that you hear about many times before seeking it out.  Since we had some time, we sought out a nearly legendary restaurant: Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que.
When we arrived, we were greeted by a nearly empty parking lot and restaurant.  Everyone must go out to eat at the same time in Williamsburg, because the place went from empty to full in about 15 minutes.  There are some tables outside, but when we were there is was too cold to think about eating outside.  When we ordered, we found the usual array of meats that one can find smoked in a restaurant.  We won't go into that here, because you can look that kind of stuff up on google.  We took a look at the menu, and settled on a Smoked Chicken Combo, and a salad, with some smoked chicken added.

We settled into our seats, and waited for our number to be called.  That's right, you walk up, order, pay, and receive a number that you use to pick up your order.  I hope you can follow that algorithm there.  See how the alphageek decodes that for you?  While we waited, we sipped our iced tea, and noticed that it tasted fresh brewed.

First, we have the salad.  It was a simple salad made more interesting with the addition of some pulled chicken.  The salad was very fresh and the chicken made for a great topping.

Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que
Salad, with Chicken BBQ (click to enlarge)
We moved on to try our Smoked Chicken Combo, pictured below.  Before commenting, here is the alphageek barbecue disclaimer.  I like many type of barbecue, and am okay with different types.  I will try to stick to describing what we received, rather than inject too much of my own opinion.  I am going to just run through what is on the plate.  First off are the french fries you see.  These are some good fries that are nice and crisp.  The hush puppies you see are much the same.  The pulled pork is fairly finely chopped, with the generous addition of some sauce.  We will get to the sauce at the end.  There were some ribs, that were well smoked, tender and covered in sauce.  Finally, the pulled chicken is the same as you see above in the salad, finely chopped with a good balance of smoke and other flavors.  The sauce is a vinegar tomato based sauce, with the addition of some cinnamon.  It provided a little kick of heat at the end, but nothing outrageous.  After all, everyone who came in was getting some of that sauce, if they ordered any meat.

Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que
Smoked Chicken Combo (click to enlarge)


After we ate our meal, we found out that Mrs. alphageek does not really like heavily sauced bbq.  The alphageek likes to let the smoking do the flavor too, but does like some sauce.  That is where this review ends up too.  Sauce?  You will enjoy Pierce's.  Limited on the sauce?  You might think this is a little bit too much sauce.

All in all, we enjoyed our meal, and left knowing that we had sampled another legend.  The large crowds that arrived were a testimony to the popularity of Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que.

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3 comments:

  1. We've stopped there several times on our way home from Busch Gardens.

    For your readers... It is just down the road from Great Wolf Lodge, if you're looking for a cheap alternative to the food at the resort.

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  2. It's just hard to imagine why anyone would stop at Pierce's and not get a minced BBQ pork with slaw sandwich (or dinner). It's the pinnacle of BBQ perfection, and on a par with what Steinhilbers (in Va. Beach) is to fried shrimp!

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    1. I don't do slaw, but heartily agree! I've eaten at Pierce's probably 100 times and NOT gotten the BBQ sandwich maybe five times. It's why you go.

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