Across the street from Short Pump Town Center, by the new Kroger, is a Q Barbeque. On a cool Sunday afternoon, I, along with Colton Jones (‘17) and Jake Johnston (‘17), went to “Q” (as it is commonly known) for a weekend meal. There are many barbeque places in Richmond, such as Buz and Ned’s, Alamo, Mission, Deep Run RoadHouse, Brocks on the Southside, and several others. But we decided on Q. RIchmonder Tuffy Stone is the founder of Q. He was a judge on the hit show BBQ Pitmasters. He was a talented chef and wanted to start a place of his own.The website describes their restaurant by saying, “Q Barbeque was born out of a desire to serve better barbeque in a place where everybody could feel comfortable. Tuffy Stone, who was already a successful chef and caterer, perfected his barbeque techniques on the competition circuit, winning his way to the top through multiple state championships and a world championship in Memphis. He then decided to bring his award-winning flavor to the dining public.” More can be read about Q, Tuffy Stone, and his approach to the barbecue experience here.
Q offers a pleasant setting while giving off a very appealing barbecue scent as you enter through the door, which is sure to get you excited for a meal and get your appetite going. The employees are very friendly. We were met by a joyful employee at the counter where you place your order. We looked over the menu and made our decisions. Once your order is placed, you take a seat and wait for your food to be brought to your table. This is a nice feature so you do not have to stand around while your food is being prepared. The seating layout is designed very well. They have tables in the center with booths surrounding and a large flatscreen TV in the corner. The whole environment is clean, colorful, and welcoming. It makes you want to sit down and eat some delicious barbeque and the comfort food that goes with it. A great feature of Q are the prices of the meal. The meals are not overly expensive for the portions and quality of the food.
Colton, Jake, and I all got different meals. Colton, hungry and a bit of a food critic, ordered a pulled pork sandwich with a side of mac and cheese and fries. When asked what his favorite part of the meal was, he said, “My favorite part of the meal was the barbecue because, to me, it is the leanest, best tasting, and highest quality barbecue in Richmond.” That is high praise for Q, because it is relatively new to the area. Buz and Ned’s, on the other hand, has been established in Richmond for years, and so many people think it has has the best barbeque in Richmond. Although my order was not the barbeque sandwich, I have gotten it before and can agree with Colton’s opinion. Jake ordered pulled pork without the complete sandwich and said, “I really enjoyed the pulled pork mainly because of the famous Q Barbeque sauce. The side dishes that I ordered, mac and cheese with hush puppies, complemented the pork and made it taste better.” I agree with Jake on his last point. The side dishes definitely complement the main dish of each meal. I ordered the sensational Three-Rib Taster with a side of mac and cheese and baked beans. My favorite part of my meal were the ribs. These ribs were cooked to perfection, not too dry but not too juicy, and topped off with a mouth-watering BBQ sauce. The baked beans was a great side choice. They had a bold and flavorful taste. They also offer intriguing sides such as slaw, greens, potato salad, corn pudding, and onion rings, as well as other options. Q has a total of four restaurants around the Richmond area. They are locations are Midlothian, Glen Allen, Short Pump, and Hull Street.
Overall, the Q experience is great. Service, food, atmosphere, and more are all great.
All photos by Evan Justice.
Cover image from http://www.qbarbeque.com/