Deep Run Roadhouse is, as they describe themselves, “a Tex-Mex, BBQ and comfort food” joint located right on the VCU campus on Laurel and Broad Street. I’ve passed this place quite a few times and just recently decided to try out their food. My friend said their cornbread was amazing, and that was enough to get my foot through the door.
When I first stepped in, I was greeted with a warm smile. I’m unsure if the man behind the smile owns the place, but you can generally tell if someone is an owner because they have this charistmatic drive to make customers feel welcomed. I’ve been here quite a few times now, and every time I am greeted with the same degree of warmth.
I took a look at the menu, and I was hit with immediate regrets of not trying their food before: rope sausage, beef brisket, cornbread with honey butter, cowboy beans, and jalapeño mac and cheese?! What is wrong with me? I love BBQ joints, and I know quite a few good places, but their menu is something else!
The Tex-Mex aspect definitely adds some oomph to their menu.
Thanks to friends that share food (who are angels by the way because I don’t like sharing my food), I’ve tried quite a few things on their menu. My first time there I kept it simple and ordered their pulled pork sandwich with jalapeño mac and cheese and their infamous cornbread with honey butter. They have three different BBQ sauces to choose from: the Swayze (Spicy Carolina Style), Cherry Bourbon, and the Original Deep Run Roadhouse sauce. All of them are delicious by the way, but my personal favorite is the Cherry Bourbon. I slathered it all over my sandwich! I didn’t need to because the pulled pork was cooked to perfection, but the sauce was crack! I even dipped my mac and cheese in it.
I also got to try their roped sausage. So my boyfriend is a meat enthusiast, and it has definitely rubbed off on me. I have a new found love for sausage, and like I said earlier, I regret not coming in here before! Their roped sausage is amazing, but their brisket is even better! A couple days ago I ordered one of their big grilled burritos called the Train Wreck. It’s filled with your choice of meat, mac and cheese, cowboy beans, cornbread, onions, and jalapeños. I highly recommend the brisket by the way. It was super tender, and in that moment I understood why people like Ron Swanson enjoy meat. I think as I’m growing older I’m starting to appreciate food more and why things are cooked a certain way or paired with other foods. But I’ll save that for another time.
My friend’s order accidently came with a side of sweet potatoes, which they generously let us have. I’m slowly starting to love sweet potatoes and I’d like to think I have self control when it comes to eating other people’s food; but when it came to these sweet potatoes my self control sprinted out the door. I remember putting my fork down several times so I wouldn’t eat any more of her food. I even put my fork in my to-go bag and rolled up my bag. But even amongst great conversation, I found my mind wandering back to my fork in my bag and eventually taking it back out to get more sweet potatoes. Yes, they are that good. I am ashamed to even share this story with you, but I had to paint a picture for you as to how good these babies were.
So if you decide to go to Deep Run Roadhouse sometime, these are the things I highly suggest trying out:
- cornbread with honey butter
- sweet potatoes
- cherry bourbon bbq sauce
And if you try something else that I haven’t stated above, please let me know how you like it so I’ll be sure to try it out next time I’m there! Which will probably be soon because their cornbread and sweet potatoes haven’t left my mind.
Side note: I know you noticed I didn’t take any pictures of the food I just raved about… That’s how good the food was! I’m also trying to get in the habit of taking pictures more; taking pictures isn’t an instinct of mine.