From June 2005 Cheap Eats
John Snedden started Rocklands in a tiny Glover Park storefront in 1990. Last year he opened his third location; he now serves more than 150,000 pounds of pork a year. The original location has a few seats, the Alexandria branch a few more, but most DC and Alexandria customers prefer takeout.
There's chicken, beef, even fish on the menu, but the main attraction is the pork ribs. Seasoned then slowly smoked over hickory and red oak, they are moist, tender, and flavorful. The best of the sides are macaroni-and-cheese and corn pudding. Looking for an impressive centerpiece for a party? Have Rocklands cook a whole suckling pig. The price is $4.99 a pound, and the pigs are available in weights up to 120 pounds.