King Street Blues

American, Barbecue
$$$$ ($14 and under)
Good (and rich) sides and entrees are on the menu as well as the specialty: barbecued ribs. Hear live music on Thursdays.
Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
(Old Town Alexandria)
King Street (Blue and Yellow lines)
703-836-8800
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Editorial Review

By Nancy Lewis
Thursday, July 22, 2004

King Street Blues might be better known for its bar and its music than for its food, but the barbecue is surprising good. The pulled pork ($9.95 a pound) is long shreds with a great meaty taste that isn't drowned out by the mild, sweet sauce in which it is simmered. The ribs ($18.50 a slab) are cooked a bit too long for my taste -- the meat falls off the bone -- and the sauce seems almost fruity, but the baby backs are meaty and savory. The coleslaw is crisp shreds of green cabbage, carrot and just a touch of red cabbage, with a dressing that isn't tart or sweet enough for me. The restaurant doesn't offer potato salad.