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What ever happened to Brick Pig BBQ?

jmarek Sep 25, 2006 06:30 PM

On Shattuck in Oakland... Is it open yet? Does anyone know when it will be?

  1. Robert Lauriston Sep 7, 2007 12:09 PM

    Adding a link:

    Brick Pig's House
    5973 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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      teela brown Aug 13, 2007 09:42 AM

      I misread the thread title and transposed the first letters of the restaurant name, and thought "this place will never do well".

      Then I took the time to read it properly.

      [emily lutella]Never mind![/emily lutella]

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      1. re: teela brown
        Agent 510 Aug 13, 2007 03:43 PM

        I hope these guys can hang in there and do well...good sauce, good meat, and very nice service.

        As for the misread thread title, well, that would have been a great name but not as good as this one...

        1. re: Agent 510
          Robert Lauriston Aug 13, 2007 03:53 PM

          You liked the sauce? Way too sweet for me.

      2. Robert Lauriston Aug 12, 2007 11:06 AM

        Finally got around to trying this. They close at 8 and we tend to think of BBQ after 9.

        Ribs had a nice dry rub, meat was moist and still a little chewy (not too much). Not even a hint of smoke. Seemed like home-made ribs cooked on the grill than traditional BBQ. Serving was smaller than I'd expect for a full slab but the price is lower than most places ($20.45).

        Didn't try the brisket as my friend who picked it up thought it looked dry.

        Sauce was sweet, so were the beans.

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          lintygmom Dec 2, 2006 10:49 PM

          Open. Ribs pretty good with good bbq taste, though I would ask for sauce on the side (sauce isn't cooked on). Potato salad a little on the "mashed potato" side. Cole slaw quite tasty if a little sweet but definitely homemade. They were out of peach cobbler so got blackberry. VERY (as in too) sweet with a cookie-ish crust I didn't like. But then I like cobbler the way my mother made it, with a slightly sweet biscuit topping at least 1" high.

          Place exceedingly pleasant with very nice people. Clean. As in less bbq atmosphere than Flynts and that's a good thing.

          In my preference I'd still rank Looney's tops (though maybe I liked these ribs as much and they are a different style), then Brick Pig, then Flynt's, then KC. Hate Everett and Jones.

          Give them a try!

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          1. re: lintygmom
            rworange Dec 3, 2006 12:21 AM

            I'm with you on everything. The brisket is pretty good too. Interesting about the blackberry cobbler. I wasn't crazy about the peach because it had a little clove in it. Thought the macaroni salad was better than the potato. They were out of cole slaw on the day I stopped by. Pretty good brisket.

            What did you think of the rolls?

            1. re: rworange
              lintygmom Dec 3, 2006 12:40 AM

              It was yummy with the sauce, better than the traditional Wonderbread. But too much sauce. We got six ribs and two two-oz sides cole slaw and potato salad. Husband and I ate and have about two ribs left over.

              I'd stil like to find a good sauce-cooked-on rib other than Flynt's. It's too hard to get into sometimes. Wish Looney's would make a choice of rib: dry rub or open-pit cooked on. But bet that would be impossible in Berkeley because of smoke and odor.

              I think Looney's is the best deal because the sides are so nice, if not the best ever: mac and cheese traditional with an extra spice kick (not like T-Rex's horrible-to-me shells swimming in cream), mashed sweets, garlic mashed without being overwhelmingly garlicky so you can tell they're real potatoes, good greens. So I feel as if I'm getting a meal rather than an eat on the run bad for you rib snack that fills you up so much it ruins a meal.

              The guy at Brick Pig was a real sweetheart.

              Maybe I'll make some cobbler (peach) and email it to you. I don't much like clove either.

          2. Robert Lauriston Nov 21, 2006 07:06 PM

            Saw the door open so I looked in--they asked if I was the health inspector. Said if he gives the OK they'll be open Monday. Hours will be noon to 8pm Monday through Saturday.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Robert Lauriston Nov 24, 2006 07:11 PM

              They must have passed, sign in the window today says grand opening 11/27.

            2. Robert Lauriston Sep 25, 2006 06:33 PM

              It's actually called The Brick Pig's House. Their Web site says they were to have an inspection last Wednesday.


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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                rworange Sep 25, 2006 06:42 PM

                That's good to hear I drove by about a week ago and it was looking very dead and given they said they had to make major repairs I wasn't expecting anything this quick. Nice that they are giving updates on the website. You would think Ici could have done that.

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