Darnell Ashley has been doing barbecue professionally for 14 years. His ribs, shoulder, chicken, catfish and more are known to patrons of Ashley’s Bar-B-Que (1501 W. Center St.), whose origins date to the 1960s. Darnell’s father, Thomas Ashley Sr., got this 'que joint off the ground in the 1960s. Thomas sold it in ’82. Ashley’s resurfaced under Darnell’s tutelage, and now he’s extended his reach well beyond Center Street. Since last week, Darnell has been cooking up his claim to fame at Ashley’s Que (124 W. National Ave., Walker's Point), formerly Lo-Cash Live. It’s “not a re-invention of Lo-Cash,” says owner Jay Carter, but a venue for Darnell to offer his barbecue in a full-service capacity. You might recall that Lo-Cash was doing barbecue. Darnell convinced Carter that his style of Que – using a wet and a dry rub – is the way to go. Darnell is also cooking up soul food daily. Look for mac and cheese, greens, shrimp and grits, even shepherd’s pie. Kitchen hours: Tues-Fri 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. To check out menu items you will likely see on National Avenue, click here.
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