In the middle of Woodbridge, a local business is offering a southern specialty.
For more than 25 years, Dixie Bones has been dishing out barbeque, sides, desserts and sweet tea to new friends and regular customers.
Nelson Head, one of the owners and founders, brought his love for the meal to Northern Virginia from his home state of Alabama.
“People ask what makes our barbeque different from others,” Head said. “I’ll tell you what makes it different — ours is the best.”
Decorating the restaurant’s walls are an array of patches worn by law enforcement officers and military members.
Head put his Navy patches up when Dixie Bones opened at 13440 Occoquan Road. Since then, many visitors have added their own to the growing collection.
“A lot of times when they come back and bring their families, the kids [are] running around in here looking for their mother or father’s patches,” Head said.
Serving up meals isn’t Dixie Bones’ sole role in the community.
The business has also taken part in Prince William County and military events.
“We’ve been thoroughly enjoying what we do here,” Head added.