Though charcoal drawing was once the dominant artistic medium in America, precious few masterworks survived the realization that those early portraits could be crumpled up and used to smoke delicious stacks of ribs. Honor forgotten artists with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of barbecue fare at Mojo Bones' Norfolk locations on First View Street and Monarch Way.
Mojo Bones’ kitchen hosts a scene of sizzling meats and cascading sauces that unite to form heaps of zesty southern fare that can be read about on the menu. Neutralize discouraging words with golden-fried gator tail ($7.99) or fried pickles ($6.99), or open your cuisine lock to allow barbecue sauce to flow straight to the core and float a raft of hand-pulled pork ($6.99 for 1/3 lb. sandwich, $7.99 for 1/2 lb. plate), St. Louis–style ribs ($6.99 for 1/3 rack, $18.99 for full rack), or succulent bone-in chicken ($5.99–$6.99). Roll it all up in a heavyweight sampler such as the #6 ($11.49), which anchors plates to the table with a third-pound of hand-sliced, sauce-slathered brisket and a third-pound rack of grilled ribs. Never-ending supplies of sweet tea ($0.99) refresh palates and give legs the vaulting power to clear any impending fences or invisible hurdles. To send its visitors home with a saucy smile, Mojo Bones corrals its handcrafted sauces into take-home bottles ($5–$10).
Outdoor seating grants guests an al fresco option, and live music and open-mike nights get toes tapping while upper halves tend to barbecue-demolition duties or capriciously bow to passersby.
Located in the University Village at Old Dominion University, this barbecue hot spot was awarded Best BBQ and Best Ribs in 2015 by The Virginian Pilot. At Mojo Bones, they feature spice-rubbed meats served up with a selection of homestyle sides. The menu centers on hickory-smoked beef, seasoned and smoked pork, and rubbed and grilled chicken and ribs that are steeped in spices, like Marco Polo’s scrapbook. The restaurant outfits tables with a selection of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet sauces, allowing patrons to customize heat levels on entrees or provide a flavorful accompaniment to fried pickles, baskets of corn bread, or Mojo pit beans.