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Dec 13, 2002 01:25 PM

Good BBQ in the Bay Area

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Hey all,

I recently moved to the Bay Area and would like to know where I can get some GOOD BBQ. Armadillo Willy's is OK, but I figure there has to be something better.


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    In Search of the Best

    This one is a easy one!

    Go to Everett & Jones Barbecue in Oakland at 126 Broadway. Telephone is 510.663-2350. This is as good as it gets in the bay area.

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    1. re: In Search of the Best

      I think the E & J's on San Pablo just north of University in Berkeely is better tasting, although you cannot sit down there.

    2. There are a lot of places to try. I recommend searching the messageboard for more info--there was a taste off reported on this board about 9 months ago.

      And now for my own opinion. In San Francisco I can heartily recommend the ribs at Cliff's on the Bayshore and the brisket (and the ribs) at Memphis Minnies on Haight. They are interchangeably my two favourites on the west side of the Bay Bridge. Big Nate's south of Market and Johnson's on San Bruno Ave are worthwhile as well. I found Brother In Laws wanting and Leon's out in the Sunset not good. Keep in mind that I'm thinking in terms of the BBQed meat as opposed to the sauces. I'm more of a smoked meat person, the sauces just aren't as important to me. Anyway those are the ones I recommend that you try when you are in town. I'm sure one will catch your fancy. And that's only in the city!

      I've attached a link to a previous post I made on Memphis Minnies below:


      1. Hi.
        Earlier this year a bunch of the hounds got together and had a bbq tasting and here is alink to their findings:


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        1. re: Jupiter

          Personally, I think that Memphis Minnies ahs phenomenal brisket. the ribs are ok, not the best i have had, but certainly not the worst, just that next to the brisket, they are not as good.

          Brother in laws sucks and the cooks are totally unhygenic and dirty and they smoke in the kitchen and hock up loogies and spit on the floor.
          nasty. they all look and sound likt they have the plague.

          Big nate's is probably my second favorite bbq in the city.

          1. re: jupiter

            Thanks for that "vision" about Brother in Laws BBQ...I literally just returned from having lunch there!!! (I was buying my dog's food nearby) They actually have cleaned it up somewhat and painted it white. (We'll see how long it stays that way.).. Anyway the meat was very good and smokey today, and didn't need any sauce. You never know...sometimes it is old, dry and dreary! ah consistency!
            I second the brisket at Memphis is terrific!
            In the East Bay there are..Flints,(3 of them) Everett and Jones (at least 4 of them) Chef Edwards, and Dougs...if you get to Petaluma try Jerome's.

        2. Ive always been partial to this place on the border fo San Leandro and Hayward.(E 14th) I never see it mentioned though. Anyone else had any experiences they wish to share.

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          1. re: tomritza

            Can you tell us more about it? What are your favorite items, style of sauce, sides...? Inquiring minds need to know!

            Old South Bar-B-Que
            (510) 317-0100
            16680 E 14th St
            San Leandro, CA 94578

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              They used to be located further south in Hayward, I THINK on Winton, in a little strip mall with no parking. There was an older woman there who would take the orders and then come to your table and chat. Im guessing she was the mother of one the "younger" ones there. I dont know if they are family members that still run the location they are at now (although it has been waaaaay too long since Ive been there)but, aside from the older woman whom Ive not seen for years, they are the same, friendly folks.

              Ive only had one thing there, pork ribs. Three sauces, hot, medium and mild.....and medium has a nice bite to it. Hot is indeed HOT. Dark smoky sauce.Leaves your lips feeling it as you eat the meat and sop up the sauce. Tender, tender ribs, slow smoked. The proverbial fall off the bone.
              As for the side dishes......well they are a diversion while you rest up for your next attack on the ribs. Actually the beans arent bad. Im hungry for them.

              1. re: tomritza

                Thanks for the info, hope 'hounds will check it out.

                Weirdest thing happened - I started to make a note of it in my PDA for future reference and discovered that it had already been entered! I haven't been there yet and don't remember where I got this info, but here it is.

                Old South Barbecue, 16680 E. 14th St., at 167th Ave., San Leandro.
                (510) 317-0100.
                Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
                7 tables and ~ 20 seats.
                Ribs - $5.75 to $16.95. Note the smoked turkey.

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            Bryan Harrell

            Memphis Minnie's gets my vote. The brisket is outstanding, but if you visit in the summer you may be able to get some of their barbecue smoked salmon which is very nicely firm yet moist and keeps in your refrigerator about a week. My favorite thing to do is get take out, and walk it across the street and have it with one of the Very Great beers at Toronado. If they have any smoked beer on tap, the brisket is the perfect companion. Owner Bob tells me he smokes it about 18 hours. Chow Heaven.