Martin’s Soul Food & BBQ

Martin’s Soul Food & BBQ
3063 Marshall Hall Road
Bryans Road, MD  20616
301.375.7247

Martin’s Soul Food and BBQ is located in the Safeway plaza off of Bryans Road.  They’ve only been opened for a few months and offer a variety of soul food and BBQ options (pork and beef rings, brisket, pulled pork, wings, subs, burgers, etc.).

The hubs and I came here for lunch, and we tried the following: Beef Brisket (this wasn’t too fatty and it was super tender and moist – the taste was pretty delicious, and the hubs was a total fan!), Pulled Pork (with a little kick, this was meaty and it didn’t have any of the strong ‘pork’ odor – I loved finding the little end crispies and it was great with the side of spicy BBQ sauce), Porkchop (you can choose between smothered or fried – we opted for the fried version – this was just okay, as it was smaller than the typical deep-fried porkchops we are used to; it also wasn’t too flavorful), Wings (simple, fried wings that was great with the Texas Pete hot sauce), Ribs (there are pork or beef versions available – we opted for the pork; these were super juicy, had a lovely crisp exterior, and it was meaty and not too much fat; great with the spicy BBQ sauce), mac and cheese (the macaroni was fully-cooked and the cheese sauce was creamy; there was a bit of black pepper to give it a slight kick), sweet corn (the hubs liked this, as he is a huge fan of sweet corn), potato salad (this was just okay, as it was more tangy than creamy), collard greens (simple; I just wished there was a little bit of meat in there and a bit more seasoning), a Half Smoke (perfectly-halved and -smoked, this was pretty delicious!  You can add toppings, but I chose only the grilled onions; yum!), and a cup of Banana Pudding (housemade, this had a generous amount of banana slices within).

Staff were super friendly and attentive, and there were a handful of tables to sit and dine.

Just make sure you re-check and re-confirm your orders, as if the manager is not on-site, you are unable to get price adjustments/refunds.

I’d love to come back and try out their subs and burgers, but I’ll definitely be back for the ‘Q!  Check this cute local place out!

+pork ribs!
+pulled pork!
+beef brisket!
+Half Smoke with grilled onions!
+mac and cheese!
+spicy BBQ sauce!
+banana pudding
+friendly staff!
+located in the Safeway plaza
+plenty of parking in the shared plaza lot

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Slab-O-Ribs

Slab-O-Ribs
3360 Livingston Road
Indian Head, MD  20640
301.375.6297
Seasonal; Saturdays & Sundays

SLAB-O-RIBS is currently open for the season, guys!!!  This very unassuming shack off of Livingston Road offers the best ribs EVER!  Mr. Joe, the owner, is oh-so-awesome and very passionate about his ribs and his homemade sides (like potato salad, collard greens, mac & cheese, baked beans, etc.) – and, rightfully so, as his food is sooo delicious!  If you’re lucky, he sometimes has hot-out-of-the-oven yellow cake and rum/whisky cake available (next availability will be during Memorial Day weekend!).  We always get a couple of slabs of ribs, hot BBQ sauce on the side (mild sauce is also available), and family-sized sides of the collard greens, potato salad, mac & cheese, and the baked beans.  The ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, has a lovely crispy exterior, and that lovely color within.  The homemade BBQ sauce also takes it to a whole another level, but the ribs themselves are flavorful as it is, so sauce is technically not needed!  Don’t forget to ask if they have NC-style pulled pork, as that is just so moist and so flavorful – don’t forget to get a cup of their coleslaw for that nice creamy crunch complementing situation!  They have outside seating available, but we usually take it to-go.  One of my favorite places EVER, we’ve been bringing all of our dear friends, and they all become Mr. Joe’s fans right on the spot – SNAP*  Check out Slab-o-Ribs – you won’t be disappointed!

+Memphis-style ribsssss
+NC-style pulled pork!
+hot sauce & mild BBQ sauce available
+yummy sides (collared greens, potato salad, mac & cheese, and baked beans)
+yellow cake and rum cake available on special weekends
+ask for Mr. Joe!
+limited outside seating available
+open Sat & Sun, during summer months
+catering available
+little lot for your car

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