Ah, Virginia Beach. Famous for, well, obviously its beaches. But maybe we’ve been sleeping on Neptune City’s finest attraction this whole time!
Chef’s Pencil conducted some nationwide research, trying to find the best barbecue cities in the US of A, and their findings have a lot of people up in arms.
At least this time, the (757) was represented pretty positively! Virginia Beach was named the third-best spot in America to get some kick-ass BBQ, and the customers clearly agree: after compiling the reviews, all but one of our local BBQ joints scored at least 4 out of 5 stars. Chef’s Pencil put it this way: “you can’t go wrong when having a BBQ in Virginia Beach.”
Mind you, that puts the heart of Hampton Roads in a higher standing than some cities famed for their smoked ribs, including St. Louis (8th) or anywhere in Texas.
Needless to say, some people weren’t happy with the results:
100% of Texans disagree pic.twitter.com/kGHPpxzbPb
— Mike Siegel (@SiegelForTexas) May 13, 2021
Even some (757) locals aren’t quite sure that we deserve the bronze medal:
Where is this Virginia Beach barbecue that I’ve been missing out on for 20+ years? https://t.co/HRWXg8jUQs
— Jason Boleman (@jasonboleman_) May 13, 2021
Umm i grew up in Virginia Beach…wtf does it know about BBQ!?🥴 https://t.co/2loPAKrAb7
— ✨Double O Double O✨ (@_AyyyeShawty_) May 13, 2021
Virginia Beach Seafood is built different but BBQ hell no https://t.co/0sfYy8q0AZ
— BCamz (@BCamzYT) May 13, 2021
That being said, some of us were keen to stand strong in defense of Virginia Beach’s proud culinary traditions that we just found out about.
I just found out that apparently Virginia Beach is number 3 for best BBQ in the nation and I now feel obligated to defend our BBQ that I’ve never had 😡 https://t.co/xRB7PCbipL
— Caleb Smith (@CalebSmith333) May 13, 2021