7 Places To Get Cocktails Delivered Or To-Go

At the Arlington barbecue joint, lead mixologist Lauren Paylor is offering some of her creative concoctions to go (pictured above). Order drinks like Smoke on the Water with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, spiced honey and Angostura Bitters; the Cucumber Collins with Beefeater Gin, salted cayenne cucumber, house sour mix and soda; and the Chipotle Margarita…

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Despite COVID, Exciting New ‘Cue Is Coming To Arlington Soon

For most pitmasters, barbecue never really errs from the world of brisket and ribs. But when Smokecraft Modern Barbecue opens in Arlington in late July, innovation will be on the menu. “We see modern barbecue as continuing to evolve what barbecue is and can be. The only rules we have for our food is everything has to…

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8 New Restaurants That Opened During the Pandemic

The trophies on display are the first indication that your barbecue is in good hands. Smokecraft pitmaster and owner Andrew Darneille was working in management at Georgetown’s erstwhile Old Glory restaurant when he began entering barbecue competitions in 2016. He eventually turned his hobby into a profession, racking up more than 70 awards. Wanting to put his…

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Smokecraft Modern Barbecue Is Coming

Last year, Andrew Darneille and his Smokecraft Championship Barbecue team snagged more than 70 awards on the festival circuit, including being named a “Pork Team of the Year” finalist by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Now the pitmaster/restaurateur is bringing his smoke-centric concept to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Clarendon in the former Citizen Burger Bar space. Smokecraft…

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Where to Buy Game Day Specials

This newcomer to Clarendon, known for smoking nearly everything on the menu, caters to home parties with a menu full of platters that feed six to eight people with options like smoked Buffalo chicken dip, five-pound trays of wings, and pork belly burnt ends. Dessert trays come with brownies, cookies, and key lime pie bars. Read more on…

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Award-winning pit masters opening Smokecraft Modern BBQ in Clarendon

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue, a team of local aficionados who racked up a long list of BBQ championship awards, is opening its first stand-alone restaurant in Clarendon, Virginia. The new restaurant will open next spring at 1051 N. Highland St., in a space formerly occupied by Citizen Burger Bar on the ground floor of the 10-story…

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Smokecraft on 7 New Barbecue Joints to Try Around DC

Seasoned pitmasters get creative at their new Clarendon spot. In addition to competition-winning pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, and Wagyu brisket, you’ll find smoked crabcakes and fire-kissed spaghetti squash on the patio. They’ve also launched a ghost kitchen, Etta Faye’s Chicken Shack, inspired by chef William Burke’s grandmother. Read more on the Washingtonian.

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Clarendon’s New Barbecue Joint Smokes the Whole Menu, From Crab Cakes to Brownies

The newest barbecue joint in Northern Virginia takes a familiar approach by sampling from some of the country’s best-known regional styles, but Smokecraft Modern Barbecue stands apart from the pack for the sheer variety of meats, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and woods that pass through its commercial Southern Pride smokers. “We’re really looking to redefine modern…

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An Arlington ghost kitchen offers Southern carryout and delivery.

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue, a new Arlington barbecue restaurant opened in July 2020 by competitive barbecue team Smokecraft, launched a ghost kitchen concept in September 2020. Etta Faye’s Chicken Shack offers carryout and delivery to diners.  The concept was inspired by executive sous chef William Burke’s grandmother and is centered around two childhood comfort foods: fried…

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