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May 15, 2009 01:01 PM

Any serious BBQ to recommend in SF/Bay Area? Hosting a Texas native - and need to impress.

Hi - am hosting a Texan native and recent Louisiana transplant who is convinced that - while SF has good eats - there will be no decent BBQ in town. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. I don't usually agree with Texans on many thing but based on the briskets I have imported from Texas he may be right. Best start at Memphis Minnies and hope it's a good day.

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    1. re: wolfe

      +1 on memphis minnie's -- the one guy i know from texas says it's the only bbq worth trying in SF ;) there are some down south -- one in mountain view -- called Uncle Frank's. I love them both.

    2. Your friend is probably right. The best Bay Area BBQ is likely mediocre compared to what is available in Texas. Do a "Search this board" search from prior discussions on Bay Area BBQ.

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        1. re: DavidT

          There's no "probably" about it - nothing in the Bay Area comes close to the best Texas barbecue, though the mediocrities in both places can be pretty similar. And even mediocre barbecue can be pretty enjoyable.

          But we have so many other foods better than what you can get in Texas, why worry about it? Local specialties make things more interesting!


        2. As a Texan transplanted to the Bay Area who has searched high and low for good BBQ, i'd say your probably best not even trying. Memphis Minnie's has passable brisket, but mediocre (at best) everything else. Uncle Frank's in Mountain View can be decent, but has been seriously falling off in my last couple of visits.

          NOTHING here compares to Luling City Market, Kreuz Market, Snow's, or any of the other legendary Texas joints.

          Sorry, that's just the way it is. Instead of trying to compete with Texas on food the state does well, try taking your friend to places serving stuff they don't do in Texas.

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          1. re: texanfoodie

            I've got to agree with the last sentiment, no texan would ever admit that non-texas barbecue was any good so why bother? Take him out for Korean BBQ, Japanese Robata yaki, Hong Kong style roast pork or any other style of food done well here.

          2. I guess it depends on his attitude. Clearly we hear that nothing available locally can be held up to and critically compared with the best Texas BBQ. I believe that. But maybe your friend just likes BBQ. Period. And might enjoy some decent BBQ, without feeling the need to judge the finer details of this or that style.

            As I spend more time on this board I have to say that I love geting tips and ideas from people here. But the competitive need to pass judgement and find the 'best' gets tiresome. If he just wants good Q cuz he prefers Q to anything else -- check that other thread and you'll find plenty of places to have a good time. If he is an afficianado who prides himeself on knowing why Texas Q beats all -- steer clear of the local venues.

            1. I agree with the others that you might have to give up the competition with regard to texas BBQ. You could try taking your friend to a Chinese deli for a different take on roasted meats. You could get roast duck, roast pork, roast goose, chinese bbq spareribs, etc. Or a Middle Eastern kabab place. Or a huge hunk of al pastor...