Kenny's Smoke House

American, Barbecue, Southern/Soul
$$$$ ($14 and under)
Kenny's Smoke House photo
Mary Lou Foy/The Washington Post
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Editorial Review

Located on a Capitol Hill corner for 10 years, with a spacious patio for alfresco dining, this barbecue joint has lots of loyal fans. Owner Kenny Jeon says he sells more than 300 pounds of his egg-rich potato salad (all side dishes are $1.75 for eight ounces), tart with pickle flavor, each week. The tender collards are some of the best we tried. Jeon is proud of his pork ribs ($11.50 for a half-slab, with choice of two sides and corn bread), and rightly so: "We never boil them like a lot of people do." They are firm yet tender, with the perfect hit of smoky goodness.

--Walter Nicholls (October 10, 2007)