If your ever passing through northern Virginia, visiting this place is a MUST. It is, hands down, one of the best BBQ I've ever been to - and I've eaten at dozens across the mid-Atlantic. The pulled pork and pulled chicken... the brisket and Kansas City burnt ends... the green beans and collard greens - they ALL rock.
Over the past 5 years I've tried pretty much every type of meat, sandwhich, and side they serve - and have yet to be disappointed. All incredibly moist and juicy, full of flavor, and good to the last drop.
Best off all, aside from the standard BBQ Pit staples and a wide selection of regularly available platters and sandwiches, Willards has large and constantly rotating specials menu with things like Cubano sandwiches (might good!) and fresh made pies.
And the portions are very generous -- to the point that I'll often put aside the top of the bun and eat my pulled pork sandwich open-face style for sheer lack of room down in the ol' belly to fit all.
See for yourself -- check out the portions on this platter of pulled pork, green beans, collard greens, and cornbread.
Like I said, if your passing through their neck of the woods anytime soon -- and consider yourself a true fan of Pit BBQ -- you'll definitely want to stop by and try 'em out for yourself. With the exception of the cornbread being just a tad bit dry (for my tastes anyway), you simply can't go wrong with anything on their menu.
Speaking of their menu, you can check out all of their regular offerings here: Willards Real Pit BBQ menu.
And, if you do visit, be sure to check out the blackboards for that day's special items before you order.
As for me, most of my 'Pit Stops' take place when I'm out exploring the region on my motorcyle. And with a new riding season just around the corner you can be sure I'll be paying Willards - an several of the other BBQ pits throughout the region - many visits in weeks and months ahead.
So be sure to keep your eyes open for more Pit reviews because they'll be coming soon.
Until then, keep on grillin'!
Willards Real Pit BBQ
4300 Chantilly Shopping Center, Unit 1A
Chantilly, VA 20151
(It's right in front of the Dulles Expo Center)