While this spot may not call itself a barbecue joint, it's easily serving up some of the best smokehouse fare in the DMV. Owner and chef Matt Hill’s Southern-style restaurant offers up meat and two (or three) platters with Sticky Spare Ribs, Wood-Fired Citrus-Marinated Chicken, and Smoked Brisket. You’ll, of course, find traditional sides like chopped coleslaw and pulled pork pinto beans, but the benefit of this undefined barbecue spot is you’ll also find gems like Wood-Grilled Delicata Squash with hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds and Charred Dirty Kimchi Rice on the menu.
The gist: Ruthie’s All Day is an all-day, any-day kind of hangout with a comfort food menu that centers on dishes from a custom-built wood-burning hearth.
The menu: Come for coffee or free wifi but stay to indulge whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mr. W’s biscuit is one of the best bets at breakfast—this sausage and scrambled egg biscuit comes with the option to top it with cheddar or goat cheese. Or get messy in a juicy “rad” burger (on both the lunch or dinner menu) or some finger-licking good smoked spare ribs.