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Best Vegetarian Barbecue: Staff Pick

Best Vegetarian Barbecue

Pendleton’s Lucius Q barbecue joint is undeniably known for its slow-smoked meat-laden dishes, from the pulled pork and brisket to the St. Louis-style ribs. With the majority of their meats, sans chicken wings, provided by local butcher shop Avril-Bleh, this laid-back joint is a carnivore’s paradise. But vegetarians aren’t an afterthought here, and dinner isn’t just relegated to an amalgamation of sides. Lucius has a special “veggie Q,” made with trumpet mushrooms, cabbage and onions, doused in their signature Kansas City sweet and smoky sauce. This faux veggie pork is sure to satisfy omnivores with a craving for some finger-licking barbecue and comes by the pound (with pickles, onions and white bread) or quarter pound, in a breakfast burrito or on a breakfast sandwich during brunch. If you do want sides, vegetarians have options there as well in the queso corn, grits and mac and cheese. Lucius Q, 1131 Broadway St., Pendleton, luciusq.com.