Address: 22599 MacArthur Boulevard, California, MD 20619
Driving down Three Notch Road (pretty much the main highway strip in the area), Mission BBQ is a place very easily visible with some prime corner real estate in a shopping plaza. I had heard about the place from multiple people at work, so to conclude the first week at the new job, I figured trying another local restaurant was in order to mark the occasion.
As an expanding barbecue restaurant chain in several mid-Atlantic states, Mission BBQ features several different styles of barbecue on the menu, such as Memphis, North Carolina, and St. Louis, to name a few. They also have six different styles of barbecue sauce (developed in-house) to help supplement your barbecue tastes. Another bonus of the restaurant is their awesome catering truck that’s frequently parked outside their locations.
I headed over to the restaurant with my friends Jason and Kayla, who had been to the place a handful of times before. The layout of the restaurant was pretty nice, with a very spacious indoor seating area and outdoor patio seating as well. One of the restaurant’s cornerstones is showing appreciation for those who protect and serve our communities and our country, so the walls are lined with photos of firemen, police officers, and those in the armed forces.
After looking around at the different items they offered, I went for the two-meat sampler plate, going for some Texas-style brisket and jalapeño cheddar sausage with a side of their macaroni & cheese (each plate comes with a square of cornbread). Both barbecue items tasted really good: the brisket was tender and moist and the sausage had a great smoked flavor with spicy kick. The mac & cheese was creamy and rich with cheddar flavor. The cornbread, while good, was a little bit dry for my taste.
In spite of the quality of the food, I’d have to say my only gripe about the whole experience was the price. That picture of my plate that you see up above? That represents $11 worth of food. I remember my first thought when I saw my plate was, “That’s it?” I would be happy paying $8, maybe $9 at the max, for that plate, but not $11. Throw two more slices of brisket on there and then the $11 seems more reasonable for that plate.
Price aside, both the quality of the food and the selection available was good. Next time I’ll have to vary up my order to see if the portion sizing is a little bit better.
Let’s now take a look at the Mission BBQ Dish Spotlight. Asterisks (*) below mark my recommended dishes.
** Brisket, Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage — Two Meat Sampler **
Moist cut slices of brisket, jalapeño cheddar sausage, coupled with sides of mac & cheese and cornbread.
And finally, here are my rankings for Mission BBQ:
Food: 5 / 5
Both of the barbecue items that I had were cooked well and had some great flavor. I tried a few of the barbecue sauces too, and each of them added their own distinct flavor. The variety of options to choose from on the menu certainly helps, too.
Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5
Like I mentioned above, the inside dining area is very spacious, and the open kitchen right behind the ordering counter really lets that barbecue smell drift around the space. It’s also pretty cool to look at the decorations on the wall as well. The outside dining area is nice, with the umbrellas on each table to keep the sun from beating down on you.
Service: 4.75 / 5
The food was ready almost instantly after we ordered it, and when I asked for some recommendations on their meats, one of the employees doing food prep was very knowledgeable in making some suggestions.
Price: 3.5 / 5
My thoughts for this section are summed up at the end of the review up top. But bottom line: for the price I paid, I thought the portions could have been a little bigger.