When Pit Master and owner of Whitey’s BBQ told me, “It’s just the way I love to cook,” I knew I was in store for some darn good BBQ. A mechanic by trade, Tim Mallory followed his BBQ dream ten years ago and started a BBQ catering company. In October 2016, Tim and his wife Lisa opened up Whitey’s BBQ Restaurant in La Conner, WA.
Their menu has all the things lovers of BBQ crave.
- Pulled pork, beef brisket, rubbed slow cooked ribs, which are all smoked on site.
- Tasty sides like sweet corn bread, fried okra, and slaw.
- They even make their own mustard and three different BBQ sauces – Original, Orange Blossom, and Spicey Apple.
The dining area is cozy with wood furniture, street and patio views, and a fireplace. Guests can sit at the bar, booth, high and low table seating. And, in the summer, the patio will be open. Each table has the three BBQ sauces so you can try each one to find your favorite.
On Fridays, they serve Tim’s award-winning clam chowder, and during the week they have sandwich specials. In the summer, the patio will be open, and they plan to have hog roasts. They are active on Facebook, so check there for specials and updates.
Whitey’s BBA is a one-minute walk from La Conner Marina’s south basin guest moorage, and a ten-minute walk from the north basin. And, adjacent to La Conner Channel Lodge.
Where: 110 N. 1st St., La Conner, WA 98257
What: Lunch and Dinner (Same menu)
Specials: Sandwich and soup specials. On Fridays clam chowder.
Catering: They cater for weddings, parties and corporate BBQ’s.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Whitey’s BBQ in La Conner, WA
Whitey’s BBQ – The Sampler Platter
I wanted to try everything on the menu like Wonton BBQ Nachos ($12) with deep-fried wontons, pulled pork, black beans, tomatoes, cheese, jalapenos, and a chipotle cream sauce, a rack of St. Louis Style Ribs ($18) rubbed and slow cooked, and the Beef Brisket Chili ($8).
I decided on the Sampler Platter ($22) with beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis Style ribs, sweet corn bread, and three side choices. I chose fried okra, kickin’ slaw, and zesty potato salad.
My favorite item on the platter was the St. Louis Style ribs. They were meatier and more tender than baby back ribs, and so flavorful I didn’t want a BBQ sauce. The pulled pork and brisket were also very good, and my BBQ sauces of choice for them was the original and orange blossom. For sides, the sweet corn bread and fried okra were fantastic. The slaw was a bit too spicy for me, and the potato salad wasn’t to my liking. On my next trip, the sides I want to try are Cheesy Mac N Cheese, Gourmet Baked Beans, and a Green Salad.
Tip: If you order the Sampler Platter too, be prepared to share or take some home with you as it is huge.
Afterward, they gave me a dessert they’ve been testing – fried apple fritters with apples and orange pieces inside, and a dipping caramel sauce. They were crazy good!
All of these items I would order again.
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary meals for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.
Lara Dunning is a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team and has made one trip up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK. She is enthusiastic about small town living, and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington. She has been published in Bainbridge Island Magazine, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, Wander With Wonder, and Whidbey Life Magazine.