Tasty discovery: Pork BBQ Platter
Destination: Jeb's Meat Market & Diner. 15668 Carrollton Road, Isle of Wight. 757-238-2099.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Add another restaurant to the region's list of great barbecue spots.
Jeb's Diner, a short drive south of the James River Bridge, was a recommendation from a reader, and I concur. The roadside restaurant serves up pork and beef brisket sandwiches, but a better deal is a platter that comes with two sides, corn muffin and a drink.
I paired my pork barbecue with baked beans and cole slaw, both tasty choices. The moist and tender pork is prepared with a vinegary sauce, and the waitress will bring you three tomato-based sauces — original, hot and honey — to doctor it up. The baked beans were rich and flavorful, and the minced slaw wasn't mushy. Other choices for sides included potato salad, fried corn, green beans and sweet potato casserole.
Jeb's has one of the most unusual barbecue joint menus. In addition to the barbecue selections, burgers and sandwiches, there's a Southwestern column offering tacos and black bean quesadillas and a list of Korean favorites (I was told the owner is Korean) such as beef bulgogi, egg rolls and even a burger with spicy-hot kimchee.
The interior is classic American, bright and bold, with a black and white tile floor and red accents. Service here is prompt and friendly. — David NicholsonCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times