Cheap Eats 2008: Dixie Bones

Why go: Besides the pecan pie, it’s the consistency of the operation and quality of the main dishes and sides that win our barbecue-loving hearts. The piggy memorabilia, the sweet-talking servers, and the lady behind the counter who addresses women as Mama add to the fun.

What to get: Smoky pulled pork (try it with the vinegary hot sauce); succulent smoked chicken with sweetly seasoned skin; tender greens; classic baked beans and coleslaw; fried apple pie dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar; pecan pie.

Best for: Takeout, which takes ten minutes and beats the hour-or-so wait for a table during rush hours.

Insider tip: The Sunday all-you-can-eat buffet from 11 to 3:30 is worth the wait for a table. It includes pork, beef, and chicken plus sides and cornbread.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.