Extra Billy's, Richmond

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5205 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 282-3949

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  • PORK  BARBECUE
    PORK BARBECUE
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    EXTRA BILLY'S SIGN
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    Extra Billy's
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    Extra Billy's: Delicious pork barbecue

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    PORK  BARBECUE

    A day before we left the USA Nat (b1bob) invited us to Extra Billy's restaurant located at the West End, 5 miles northeast of the downtown Richmond.

    Favorite Dish: We all ordered Extra Billy's hickory smoked pork barbecue. It was served with the following side orders to choose:
    - cole slaw,
    - baked beans,
    - applesauce,
    - potato salad,
    - French fries,
    - baked potato (after 4.00 pm),
    - vegetable(s) of the day.

    Both pork barbecue and baked potato and beans tasted very good, better than in Dunn's Bar-B-Que although I already ate better pork in my life. No wonder, we have a lot of pigs in Poland, EU leaders say that too many :-). Anyway, Extra Billy's is my recommendation.

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    Extra Billy's: Interesting origin of the name

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    EXTRA  BILLY'S  SIGN

    A day before we left the USA Nat (b1bob) invited us (my wife and me) to Extra Billy's restaurant located 5 miles west
    of the downtown Richmond. I was told very interesting story on the origin of the that place.

    William Smith was known to everyone North and South, was a result of questionable perks he had gotten as a mail contractor in Andrew Jackson's administration in the 1830s. He had owned the contract for a daily postal route between Washington, D.C. and Milledgeville, then capitol of Georgia. Smith had extended it to numerous spur routes, for which he received extra payments. When Postmaster General William T. Barry came under political attack for increasing payments to contractors, Smith's "extras" were uncovered, and his nickname was born. He was governor of Virginia at the fall of Richmond and was arrested by the invading Yankees.

    Favorite Dish: Pork barbecue with baked potato and beans.

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    Extra Billy's: Barbecue, anyone?

    by b1bob Updated Jun 19, 2006

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    Extra Billy's

    Why is this restaurant called Extra Billy's? "Extra Billy," by which William Smith was known to everyone North and South, was a result of questionable perks he had gotten as a mail contractor in Andrew Jackson's administration in the 1830s. He had owned the contract for a daily postal route between Washington, D.C. and Milledgeville, then capitol of Georgia. Smith had extended it to numerous spur routes, for which he received extra payments. When Postmaster General William T. Barry came under political attack for increasing payments to contractors, Smith's "extras" were uncovered, and his nickname was born. He was governor of Virginia at the fall of Richmond and was arrested by the invading Yankees. In an effort to make it up to Matt and Urszula for the lacklustre tomato-based minced pork barbecue at Dunn's on their first day, I suggested we get some real barbecue for their last supper on American soil this trip. My friend Dustin suggested Extra Billy's. The restaurant was well-appointed with decor; the service was friendly and prompt.

    Favorite Dish: We all had the pulled pork barbecue platter. It comes with two sides. Mine had fries and baked beans; they opted for baked potato and baked beans. Extra Billy's was, on the whole, as lacklustre as Dunn's, but in different ways. The major complaint I have with Extra Billy's is that they serve their hush puppies (fried balls of cornbread) as appetisers, not as side dishes, to extract extra money from customers in the tradition of "Extra Billy" no doubt. Barbecue, as I understand it, should be eaten WITH hush puppies, not as an afterthought. Ideally, a good barbecue doesn't need sauce to help it along, however the in-house sauce gave it the extra flavour it needed. The barbecue is better than Dunn's, but by no means the best pulled pork I've ever had.

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    Extra Billy's on west Broad...

    by rocknchaz Written Aug 24, 2002

    Extra Billy's on west Broad street. They have the BEST Bar-B-Q on the east coast!
    Reasonable prices, great atmosphere and dress is from casual to suit and tie.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite was either pulled pork or ribs. To tell you the truth though, it's all great...and at a very reasonable cost.

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