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Nov 26, 2009 02:42 PM

Best BBQ Brisket in the Bay?

I wanted to get your input for the first of hopefully many crawls based on specific dishes I'm setting up with some friends. I would love to hear who you folks think makes the best BBQ brisket in the bay.

My current favorite is by Uncle Frank's in Mountain View, but I'm hopeful that you guys will lead me to something even better!

Uncle Frank's BBQ
2135 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043

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  1. Uncle Willie's.

    Uncle Willie's BBQ and Fish
    614 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I would suggest Memphis Minnies and I have have tasted Willie's and am not prepared to say uncle.

    2. Memphis Minnie's hands down. Their brisket consistently has the right tenderness and smoky flavor. They lose points for their sauces, but you really wont need any.

      Memphis Minnie's BBQ
      576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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      1. re: Civil Bear

        Second for MM's brisket. I really like their South Carolina mustard sauce on pork, but not on brisket. Their Texas red sauce is "quirky" to me and not what I'm used to. The North Carolina vinegar-based sauce I think you have to be brought up with to like :-) But as said, you really don't need sauce on the brisket if you don't like their sauces.

        If you're in that area, you might as well also get some brisket at Da Pitt on Divisadero. It's good enough to be in the running and you'd get to see which you like best.

        Thread about Da Pitt.

        I'd also be curious how you compare the BBQ at MM's and Da Pitt with Uncle Frank's. I found Uncle Frank's quite variable and usually quite mediocre. But the last time was a few years ago.

        1. re: Mick Ruthven

          Third on MM's brisket. I thought their sauces were weird, but when the brisket is smoky I don't want sauce anyway.

            1. re: wolfe

              Until I do a head-to-head comparison, I'm perfectly comfortable saying they're both best.

              Uncle Willie's sauce (hot version) is the best I've ever had.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Best brisket, best sauce is another thread.

        1. re: Cheesy Oysters

          Yes! I forgot about Bo's. Excellent Niman Ranch brisket second only to maybe MM's, IMO.

          Bo's Barbecue
          3422 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA

          1. re: Civil Bear

            Bo's as is all the local briskets including MMs occasionally inconsistent. My wife requests Bo's but the last time she asked "Is this from Bo's". She figured I snuck in one of my low priced don't want to drive to Lafayette alternatives. It was from Bo's and is wasn't good.

            1. re: wolfe

              Memphis Minnie is superb -- approaches some of the best in Texas. Ask for the fatty end. Getting a random end may be the source of the inconsistency mentioned above... I am not sure if this is the explanation, but so far whenever I ask for the fatty end, it's been very good. Somehow at Louis Mueller's (Taylor, TX) it's always the fatty end (the 3 times I've been there). Don't know how they do it. Special cows.

              1. re: Thomas Nash

                Hey Thomas you are preaching to the choir.
                and second reply upthread.^

          2. re: Cheesy Oysters

            Anyone know if Bo's has anything for the vegetarian in my group?


            1. re: efmgdj

              Not unless they consider chicken a vegetable.
              "Each order is accompanied by a piece of baguette, mixed greens, steamed yams, and a scoop of light, eggless potato salad that tastes of pickle relish."
              I don't remember getting mixed greens in the to go pack.

          3. The brisket at the Line Shack in San Jose is better than Uncle Frank's, Sam's, and Andy's. You don't need the sauce (which is Texan, housemade, and terrific, btw).

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            1. re: Claudette

              Yes, the brisket at the Line Shack was delicious - sadly, I just heard from a friend that they are closed... rumor is that bldg owner wants to remodel.

              I wish much luck to David Dang, the Line Shack chef/owner and I hope that if he happens to read this he will let us know if he reopens in another location.

              1. re: RWCFoodie

                Macks BBQ in San Carlos is worth the drive.

                1. re: hackattack1

                  Mack's BBQ is good. They are not as smoky as some other places mentioned here. Being in a business/retail area they are prevented from running a full scale smoker. They use an electric smoker contained in the kitchen and get pretty good flavor, but not the deep smokiness you'll find elsewhere. Do give them a shot if you're in the area. The brisket and ribs are good, so is the smoked tomato dressing they put on the salad. Super nice people running the place too. In an area as Q-challenged as this, it's a solid option.

                  1. re: Shane Greenwood

                    adding link

                    Mack's BBQ
                    1754 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070

                2. re: RWCFoodie

                  Rats! Closed before I could get a chance to try it. Thanks for letting us know - I drove by it on my way back from Sam's and it sure does look closed. If anyone hears about a reopening, please let us know. 2009 was brutal to Silicon Valley barbecue with Uncle Frank's and Line Shack closing...


                  1. re: mdg

                    Didn't know Uncle Frank's was closing. Not surprised since they had a fire and frankly, the place hasn't been the same since Frank left.

                    1. re: Shane Greenwood

                      I hadn't heard that Uncle Frank's had closed either but I wouldn't be surprised.... too bad because when they first moved to the Mt. View location it wasn't bad.

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