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need recs for BBq spareribs--NO babyback ribs, please

craving for bbq, but the other half does not care for babyback...
does anyone know of a good bbq place that serves pork and/or beef spareribs and not babyback?

thanks so much!

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  1. Memphis Minnie's in SF (pork spare ribs); You'll find many messages here about MM's. Doug's BBQ in downtown Half Moon Bay (pork spare ribs). Jerome’s Mesquite Bar-B-Que in Petaluma (I liked the pork spare ribs and didn't like their beef ribs; others love the beef ribs). Black Bean BBQ in Santa Rosa (Texans swear by it).

    1. Being a Texan, I would second Black Bean BBQ in Santa Rosa. It's as close as you can get to what we use to get in Texas.

      1. Black Bean info:


        I do like the beef ribs at Jerome's in Petaluma.

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        1. re: RCK

          I also like the Beef Ribs at Jeromes....!

        2. The best Beef ribs in the Bay Area have to be at Bo's in Lafayette...if you don't mind your BBQ in the 'burbs. Loony's in Berkeley also does good beef ribs, and their spareribs are consistently better than Memphis Minnie’s, IMO (and I am a huge MM fan). Unfortunately, the best spareribs in SF were at the recently retired Cliff’s BBQ & Seafood :(

            1. Bo's in Lafayette if you are willing to make the drive. Niman Ranch meats, acme baguettes, huge beer selection and a outstanding wine list.....

              And live blues on the weekend after around 7.

              Gotta go.

              1. Try the spareribs at Lombardi's Deli up in Petaluma. Not sure if they cook them during the winter months but I do know for certain during teh summer months. THey are prepared outside over mesquite charcoal in their parking lot. Just a nice dry rub with no nasty sauce. Sauce is optional do be put on at the discretion of the diner. Hands down the best around here, in my opinion of course.

                1. They were still BBQing in October. There are two Lomardi's locations. You would want the one that is not downtown.

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                  1. re: rworange

                    Correct, you want the one closest to the Petaluma outlet - I generally take the north Petaluma exit and head west.