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Jan 22, 2002 10:26 PM

Flint's in Oakland - Best bbq in the bay area?

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is this the best in the Sf/Oakland area? i don't know much about the place. is it very good for beef ribs (i'm beef ribs and brisket type of guy) or for the pork ribs? is it wet or dry typ sauce (or seasonings)? alos, is the place a certified shack type takeout place or a full on sit down restaurant? what are the prices at this joint for beef ribs dinner or brisket dinner or slabs of beef or pork ribs? and do they serve any down home desserts?

last, i forget what is the addrress or phone #?
and is it BART adjancent, what stop would you take off.

thanks. this might some real good research for the BBQ TASTE OFF.

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    9 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Shep aka 2 Cheap Hungry Guys

      Location, location, location. The Flint's at San Pablo and Market is much superior in service, and in quality of the cuts of meat, to the one on Shattuck. The Shattuck store has a careless attitude, perhaps from serving a more academic crowd ;-)
      The 66th and Bancroft location is an unknown; in the past, when they had a place in San Leandro, Flint's had the bad habit of cooking the meats at other locations, and transporting them to the 'Dro store to be kept in warming ovens. Caveat gustator.


      1. re: Shep aka 2 Cheap Hungry Guys

        I went to the 66th and Bancroft last week...they are the largest Flint's with 2 smokers! I had a 3 way because I hadn't been to Flint's before. Everything was WONDERFUL! I had pork ribs, beef ribs and brisket. Succulent is the word to use. Next time however, I think I'll have the medium sauce, I can take it!

        1. re: derek

          Flints is a joke ,It is probably the most inconsistent
          restaurant on the planet. Sometimes you will receive a very good platter of BBQ and the very next visit you will receive a drippy paper plate of nasty mystery meat served up with the ever present
          " nasty tude".I have thrown away half of the bbq purchased at Flints. The "cooks" have no culinary skills or training and could care less about what they dish out.
          Flints has become some sort of urban myth of great BBQ and just about any other place is better.

          If you still insist on going there, always get the sandwich plate ,Its much cheaper than the dinner and they put the exact amount of slop on the plate.

          1. re: Mission

            Negativity is cheap ... why don't you nominate your favorite Bay Area BBQ and we'll make sure it gets included in the upcoming tasting.

            1. re: Mission
              Shep aka 2 Cheap Hungry Guys

              Dude! What is your favorite BBQ, or three favorites, I hope in the East Bay, and why? I'm always lookin for a new taste sensation, so give it up.

          2. re: Shep aka 2 Cheap Hungry Guys

            Yes, the 66th/International branch of Flint's is an undiscovered jem. IIRC, this branch is actually the Flint's "mother house."

            During the great Flint's hiatus, that location was being operated under a different name ... I wasn't aware until Derek brought it up last night at the Chowdown that it was a Flint's again -- they must have subleased it and/or it was being run by a different faction of the (reportedly contentious) Flint's clan.

            I'm glad to know it's back -- it was my favorite Flint's (among other things, it was the only branch that offers a two-way in the "sandwich" size), but the neighborhood doesn't have much to recommend it. It is a great place to stop on the way to the Coliseum, though. Much better than buying reheated Everett and Jones at the ballpark. Mmmm ... how much more American does it get than baseball and bbq?

            To answer the original poster's question, Flint's is exclusively take out and definitely a hole in the wall. Also, as someone put it last night "they're open when they're open and not when they're not."

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              besides the sandwiches are the beef ribs any good?
              how much per dinner and how much per slab? also, i've tried Chef Edward's bbq before, is it better than there? and boy do i know those erratic as hell BBq shack operating hours. thanks.

              1. re: Earl Spitz

                I'm glad someone said the Market/San Pablo store is better because the two times I've been to Flint's on Shattuck (pork ribs) both times the meat was far too tough to chew, let alone swallow and digest.

                I've liked Everett & Jones (the one on Jack London Square), but I've yet to find a BBQ place as good as the place I used to go to in Seattle.

                1. re: Earl Spitz
                  Zach Georgopoulos

                  Earl, man, you gotta get off this "better" thing! There's lots of good 'cue out there, and there are lots of different styles of 'cue, so it's really, really hard to say that one place is "better" than another. Gotta try them all!

          3. r
            Recovering Chef

            Flint's is good, but you'll also find some strong votes for Memphis Minnies in SF (Haight at Steiner).

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            1. re: Recovering Chef
              Shep aka 2 Cheap Hungry Guys

              Yeah, but that really seems like a difference in styles, regional, that is. They are both good, but different. I'd really like to do the comparison between several Memphis-style places, several Texas-style, a couple Carolina-style, like that. In fact, I'd love to see the definitive listing of regional BBQ styles; the available literature seems to always focus on one or another.