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Gorilla Barbecue in Pacifica

Gorilla Barbecue finely opened up on saturday on Cabrillo Hwy. Heard it is the best barbecue in Pacifica. Have any hounds tried it yet?

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  1. Bump.
    I'm curious, surely someone tried it over the weekend, a penny for your thoughts?

    1. Isn't it the ONLY barbecue in Pacifica? Haven't tried yet--started to think it was never going to open. Will report soon.

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      1. re: Atomica

        Yes, it is the only bbq in Pacifica. Yesterday about 6pm, the line was coming well out the door. I'll give it a week or so and then give it a try.

      2. We went there tonight and what a place. I hit there about 4:45. There were about a dozen cars and one firetruck in their parking lot. We ordered the 1 Meat Combo. That is 1 Meat, 2 Sides, Cornbread, BBQ Sauce and a nice piece of watermelon. You can see the smoke rings on the cut ribs. You get 3 huge but tender ribs with the dinner. The Sauce is on the side and is very good. Don't be a smart ass like me and order the Sauce "HOT".

        They have Pork Ribs, Chicken BBQ Beef, Pulled Pork Hot or Mild Links and a Philly Chese Steak Sandwich.

        In summary, we can't wait to go back but as word gets out, we'll just have a longer wait. Oh, they are closed on Tuesdays and are open all other days 'till 8 or until they run out of food.

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        1. re: Fog City Kid

          Did you happen to notice what time they OPEN? Are they open for lunch?

          1. re: Atomica

            I just checked and they open at noon. Don't try to go tonight as the lady said all they have left is the links. And this is at 6:00. The word is spreading.

          2. re: Fog City Kid

            Thanks for the update. Do you know what time they open? Do they take credit cards?

            Gorilla Barbecue
            2145 Cabrillo Hwy, Pacifica, CA 94044

            1. re: rworange

              They open at noon and I don't think so on the cards. Remember that they are closed on Tuesdays.

          3. Tried it last month, passing thru town. Went for the jugular. Pork ribs and beef ribs. Bout 4 sides (mac, mash, greens, yams), cornbread too. Damn good eatin'. Sauce is on the side. Close to the South as you can get for 'cues. Rib size ain't as big as Rib Shack, but taste better.

            1. (Sorry to bump such an old thread, but it seemed not needed to do a new thread)
              OK, you know that orange railroad boxcar on Hwy 1 just before you get to Rockaway Beach in Pacifica? I have passed by it many times. This time, however, we were going to the grocery store near it, and checked it out. Dang if it wasn’t a BBQ joint that had the best Q I have had in a long time. I cannot say for sure if it is great, inasmuch as I probably have never had great Q and have no basis for comparison. They were out of ribs, but I did have pulled pork and beef brisket. Both were tender and moist, and soft enough for you to eat it with a plastic fork (which is a good thing, since that is what they give you), just like good Q is suppose to be (it should be good enough for you to wolf down even w/o sauce, and this stuff sure was). They had good, meaty flavor, but the smoky flavor was rather subdued, but that did bother me all that much. The sauce was also quite good. It has a medium amount of heat; best of all, was not sweet, but more vinegary and peppery and spicy, that does a nice job of complementing the meat rather than hiding the flavor. They also served the sauce in a separate container, which is a nice touch; the meat was so good, I did not use much sauce, so I had a teeny bit leftover to take home. I think I will go back really soon, and this time I hope that they have some ribs left.

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              1. re: jerry i h

                thanks for the update; here is another recent discussion:


                when you go back, home you get the links and can report back on the texture, ie whether they are coarse ground (since I couldn't )

                1. re: jerry i h

                  Hot links were very good too. Sides I had were also good but pretty straight forward. I found the beans and rice to be a little boring, could use some spice. Potato salad was classic American style. Mac and cheese was the best. Cornbread muffins have excellent flavor and real kernels, they were served cool (well below room temp, but not quite cold).

                  Note, this place has exploded in popularity since it was featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives. So get there early and expect a line. Also, they have no seating inside, just a few picnic tables up a hill behind the parking lot (dress warm if you plan to sit outside).

                  1. re: Shane Greenwood

                    I tried it today on my way to Half Moon Bay. The sauce was my favorite thing about it, like no BBQ sauce I've ever tasted. As for the meat itself (pulled pork), it was very good, a step up from what you get at KC BBQ, several steps up from Looney's. The potato salad was good too, nicely seasoned.

                    They give you more than enough food for $8 (sandwich combo), and likely even more for the $11 dinner combo. This presents a dilemma if you're heading to the beach...order for lunch and have the leftovers sit in your car, or order on the way back for dinner and risk them selling out?

                    I should also add I loved the vibe of the place. Nothing pretentious about it. Do yourself a favor and chat up Rich, the owner, if he's behind the counter. Apparently he's the place's namesake too.

                    I would definitely go back for hot links and cornbread. Thank you Chowhound for the tip!