Mission BBQ Restaurant Speaks Patriotism
We seem to eat a lot of BBQ where we live.
We. love. it.
AND, we are very picky about our BBQ, so I was both curious, and a little apprehensive about it.
We hadn’t heard of this particular restaurant; then again, we hadn’t been to the Patuxent River, MD, area in years.
Outside the restaurant, there was a nice patio area with picnic bench style seating.
I really wasn’t expecting the interior to look the way it did, but Mission BBQ screamed absolute patriotism from the minute we walked in!
I guess that’s to be expected being right across the street from the Patuxent Naval Air Station, not sure about the other locations.
NEVER have I seen so much, military paraphernalia, under one roof, aside from military museums.
I had a hard time eating as I didn’t know where to look first..it was all so interesting.
I wanted to take it all in and look at everything.
Every square inch had something interesting to read or look at.
This was at our booth.
There were interesting articles, captivating pictures, even clever ways of displaying items; including, recognizing our community heroes like police, firemen, etc.
I love ANY PLACE that pays tribute to our great men and women of the military as well as those who support our community. [Hence my previous article referring to my military family.]
You can choose a variety of smoked meats placed on or off the bun, lean or fatter cuts.
You then have a seat and wait for it to come out.
I chose the leaner beef brisket, (just the meat) while
the hubs had the brisket sandwich with fries as his side.
My side was the mac-n-cheese…IT WAS DELISH!
Probably the best/creamiest/cheesiest macaroni I’ve EVER had at a restaurant, for real.
(And I’m very picky about my mac-n-cheese!) 🙂
My meal also came with a piece of cornbread. I guess I missed that part when ordering.
The brisket had that Texas, oak, smoked flavor like you cooked it around the campfire.
Mission BBQ menu is here: http://mission-bbq.com/menu
They even have a gluten-free menu.
How did I miss getting a picture of our food, though! 😦
Our history was on the walls, the tables and booths.
And of course, I had to find the Marine Corps emblem imbedded among several branches on our table.
Even the cardboard caddy holding the six, different, choices of sauce, recognized the MIA and POWs.
Some of my favs were the KC Classic, and the more vinegar based Carolina.
They had a blend of spices and speciality sauces, up by the drink station, too, that I found to be so yummy.
Did you know National POW/MIA is recognized on the third Friday of every September?
I guess I had forgotten when that was. My own Uncle Terry had been MIA for decades. (I hope to share that story, soon.)
Coming back from the men’s restroom, my husband said, “You should see what’s in the guys’ room.”. He told me the walls were plastered with 1940 pin-up girls
not surprised there,
but then mentioned that the Farrah Fawcett’s poster was hanging above the men’s urinal.
Once again, NOT surprised.
For you young kids…it’s ICONIC.
That poster probably hung in just about every, young, teenage boy’s room across America!
Including my husband’s. (It was the only poster he ever had.) 🙂
So, naturally I wanted to see what was in us gals’ restroom.
I was trying to guess,
I thought, TOP GUN images FOR SURE!
As I rounded the corner looking for my restroom, guess whose face was peering down at me?
Yep, Tom Cruise in the cockpit of a fighter jet.
We actually had jets flying overhead as we walked into the restaurant. I just love the sound of those things.
Later on, I noticed a few pilots had walked in.
They’re unmistakable aren’t they?
Once inside my restroom…
But of course…I should’ve guessed.
Lots women sending their lovers off to war with a kiss. Also infamous poses.
I was trying to imagine what they must’ve been feeling when those pictures were snapped.
The manager at Mission BBQ was going around visiting with people, and I noticed how he greeted patrons like they were family. I overheard him sharing about the restaurants and other cities where they have locations.
So, I’d recommend it. It’s a fun and interesting place with great food to boot.
I was glad to see homage paid to all our military, and community service workers,
so for that fact alone, I would eat there.
Do you have a Mission BBQ near you or a favorite BBQ restaurant you like to visit?