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Johnny Boy Ribs

7540 Crain Hwy.
La Plata, MD 20646

301-870-2526

Neighborhood: La Plata

Cuisines: Southern, Barbecue, American

Opening Hours:
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 AM to 8 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Not Needed

Best Dishes:
A slab of ribs; pulled pork flecked with char and suffused with smoke; potato salad (it outshines the middlin’ fries); sweet tea.

Price Details:
Entrées, $2.25 to $22.75.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups

Scene: Outdoor Seating

Cheapt Eats 2008: Johnny Boy's Ribs

Why go: The puff of smoke rising above the trees along Route 301 south of La Plata signals the best down-home, open-pit barbecue within an hour of DC, complete with an authentically no-frills atmosphere—you order through a window of a shack and eat at picnic tables outdoors.

What to get: A slab of ribs, big and meaty and tingly with spices; pulled pork flecked with char and suffused with smoke; potato salad (it outshines the middlin’ fries); sweet tea that will slake a Southern thirst.

Best for: Road trips for diners who crave pig at its slow-cooked best.

Insider tip: Johnny Boy’s serves its barbecue “dry”—without sauce. A shot or two of Mama Sophie’s sauces—hot and mild, in squeeze bottles near the pickup window—add a jolt of tang and sweetness.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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