<He looked at me, with that stare of panic we all have when you know someone but canâ€™t instantly place them>
â€œDon Rockwell!â€ I said, to minimize that â€œawkward moment.”
â€œWhat the hell are you doing here?”
â€œWhat the hell are *you* doing here?”
I was in Henrico, and decided to head to the new Buzâ€™s for a light lunch. I sat at the *wonderful* bar (if you havenâ€™t been here, youâ€™ll love it), fully stocked with beers and liquors that remind me Buz is a one serious connoisseur of cuisine, both high and low.
I broke my â€œ6 PM Ruleâ€ and got an 8-ounce draft ofÂ Anderson Valley Winter Solstice AleÂ ($3.50), having asked my bartender for something on the maltier end of the spectrum. Note to self: search this beer out for home use.
Right before I got my bowl ofÂ Brunswick StewÂ ($5.99) is when I glanced up and saw Buz standing right in front of me, not even noticing I was there.Â
â€œThis stew is great!â€ I told him a few minutes later.
â€œThatâ€™s because I made it,â€ he said.
Buz, Matt, and I have been to dinner at Edoâ€™s Squid before, and he (knowing that Matt was in town) asked me if heâ€™d like a bowl of chili for the ride home. Sure! I tipped generously.
Later that afternoon, before our long drive home, I picked up Matt and he was starving and wanted some solid food.Â
â€œWant to go to Buz & Nedâ€™s?”
So we went to the *other* one, downtown on Broad Street, for dinner. This kid was hungry, so we split a full rack ofÂ Pork Baby Back RibsÂ ($30.95) with baked beans and cole slaw (two sides are included). The ribs at Buz & Nedâ€™s come pre-sauced which irks purists, but these were really great ribs, a cut above anything you can find inside the beltway. And both the beans (made with fatback and maybe some pork belly) and slaw were, refreshingly, more savory than sweet
So I have a beer for lunch, but not for dinner, and I go to two iterations of the same restaurant in one day. Odd!
Odd, and strongly maintained inÂ ItalicÂ in theÂ Dining GuideÂ – for both meals. Every single item, lunch and dinner, was excellent.