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BBQ in PDX

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Okay, it looks like I may have to go down to SF to get a good paella and tapas fix (if you ever make it down to SF, try Zarzuela on Russian Hill- 2000 Hyde St. No reservations taken. Saw Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, and progeny there once).

OK, back to Portland. What is the best BBQ place in your opinion?

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  1. Give Russell Street BBQ a try. Both gals hail from Texas, I believe, and they do an incredible job. Several BBQ sauces to choose from with sides including a great mac 'n' cheese. I am particularly fond of their Saturday special: smothered pork chops.

    1. Ken's Place LOW BBQ is hands down the best. I live near Russell St. BBQ and it'll do, but if you want the best of the best you gotta go to Ken's. They do beef brisket, pork ribs, lamb ribs, pulled pork, salmon, and other specials plus traditional sides (their beans make me swoon). The focus is on impeccably smoked meat, which they don't drown in sauce. In fact, all the meat is served without sauce and you add however much you want. The only drawback is that LOW BBQ happens only once a week, on Tuesdays from 5pm until they run out. Ken's is at 1852 SE Hawthorne.

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      1. re: Pfeenie

        yep, what Pfeenie said. Russell St is good-- pretty much what I thought good barbecue was, before I went to Ken's. it's a whole different, er, animal. And those beans are truly incredible. Thinking about it I realize its' been way too long since we've been to LOW.

        Props to both restaurants for using naturally raised meats. Who knew Portland was the capital of friendly-farmed BBQ.

        For lunchtime, the pulled pork sandwich at New Seasons' deli is dependably delicious.