Editors' pick

B & J Carryout

$$$$ ($14 and under)

Editorial Review

B & J's, often described as Accokeek's front porch, has a cheerful 1950s high school hangout look with a view of traffic on Indian Head Highway.

It was started by Bobby Brown and Julian Hardesty in 1950. B & J's third owner, Sue Jones, took over in 1991 with the goal of keeping it a community fixture. Generations of local teens have honed their first job skills there, often starting at 14 as ice cream twirlers.

Known for: Big fat onion rings made from sweet Spanish onions. Barbecue sandwiches, turkey cooked on the premises and fresh burgers also get raves. Early-bird specials include eggs with scrapple, Italian sausage or bologna. And don't forget the grits or home fries. A seasonal side window serves up soft-serve ice cream from an old Italian machine that Jones said "is like an ancient Mercedes - it will run forever."

Tip: Breakfast boxes, stuffed with popular combos, are $7.79. Indian Head resident Samuel Lockley, a customer since the 1960s, said, "You don't need anything else until dark."

Ann Cameron Siegal, June 2010