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Several years ago the owners of a popular barbecue place in Woodbridge decided to open a second location, but with a more limited menu—an outpost of the first spot. Originally called BBQ Post 401, the outpost on State Route 3  has changed its name and menu, but has the same owners. And it still has the same décor, with snippets of ties on a bulletin board, antique coolers on shelves and bottles decorating “trees” and the mysterious “pig tracks” in the floor. Now, both locations have the same name—Dixie Bones BBQ—and menu due to customer demand by the loyal Woodbridge patrons who come to Fredericksburg.

So,  in addition to the barbecue platters and sandwiches, customers can order ribs, half-chickens and fried catfish, plus baked beans and giant stuffed potatoes. Dessert is no longer limited to one choice, as good as it was. Several kinds of pies are now temptingly available, with sweet potato pie served on Saturdays.

My Dining Partner and I ventured in to sample the new options.

He ordered a half-rack of spare ribs (six for $17.95) and selected mac and cheese and coleslaw for his two sides, plus hush puppies. The ribs were meaty and tender and brushed with barbecue sauce. The finely shredded coleslaw was especially good. The mac and cheese had a homemade texture, but he thought it was a little salty.

I ordered a fried catfish sandwich $7.95, with baked beans as my side. The sandwich was packed with three fillets of catfish in a rather typical breading and a dull bun. The fish itself was quite good, however. The beans had a delicious sweetness.

We both liked the hush puppies with their light, cake-like texture.

Although we were there at the onset of lunchtime, Dixie Bones had a steady stream of customers for eat-in and takeout. Several told us they eat there often.

Unlike the Woodbridge eatery, orders are taken at a counter and food is brought to the table. The servers were helpful and friendly, and answered our every question. They told us about the cooking process for the ribs and barbecue—all done in-house.

We concluded our meal with a slice of coconut pie ($3.75), which was rich and creamy without being overly sweet, and topped generously with toasted coconut flakes. It was hard to believe it hadn’t come from a church bake sale.

Dixie Bones is a good place for a quick, plentiful meal. And, save room for pie.

What: Dixie Bones BBQ Post

Address: 1917 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, in front of Staples

Phone: 540/479-8299

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.

Prices:  Salad: $8.50–$9.50; Sandwiches: $5.95–$7.95; Dinners: $12.95–$22.95; Children’s menu: $6.95–$7.95; Desserts: $3.75–$3.95

The Scoop: Family-friendly, good service, clean, ample parking

Payment: Major credit cards accepted.

Linda Salisbury is the author of the    Bailey Fish books, an award-winning    adventure series for kids.


  • i1776

    That place is not very good, the smoky flavor is missing from some of their food and the white sauce? Yuck!