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Alameda Taqueria to become Bonnie's BBQ

Ruth Lafler Sep 7, 2010 04:47 PM

The mediocre Alameda Taqueria has closed and according to a sign on the window, Bonnie's Southern BBQ is coming soon. Anyone have any info on Bonnie's?

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Alameda Taqueria
1513 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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    Martin Strell RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 13, 2010 09:38 AM

    Looked like it had opened as Bonnie's when I drove by yesterday. Anyone been yet?

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      Ruth Lafler RE: Martin Strell Dec 14, 2010 12:18 PM

      So I finally stopped in last night for take-out. I got the two-meat combo dinner, which comes with your choice of two sides. I ordered the brisket and the pulled pork, with the sauce on the side (which they were happy to do) and candied yams and "red slaw" (a red cabbage coleslaw with a vinegar-based dressing). It also came with two corn muffins.

      I had very mixed feelings about it. Although I didn't see a smoke ring on the brisket, it had a distinct but not overpowering smoky flavor. It wasn't too lean, it was a bit chewy but not overly so, it wasn't dry, soggy or steamed, but it just didn't "sing." Pretty much the same with the pulled pork. She gave me containers of the "regular" and the "spicy" sauces (I passed on the "sweet"). I think she may have given me sweet and regular because the regular was too sweet for my taste and the spicy had a small kick but didn't have the red pepper flakes I saw in the jars of sauce they had. The corn muffins had a good corn flavor but were tough. The yams and the red slaw were decent.

      I wanted to like it more than I did. I did like it better than Great American BBQ on High Street. Breakfast looks like it might be good: pecan waffles, biscuits and gravy, etc. Smart of them to aim for the overflow breakfast crowd from Ole's two doors down.

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      Bonnie's Southern Style BBQ
      1513 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

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        Pius Avocado III RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 14, 2010 03:45 PM

        Haven't tried Bonnie's but from your description I'm surprised you liked it better than Great American.

        I get takeout from Great American regularly, often just a pound of brisket (sides just aren't up to par with the meat, as is so often the case, alas) but last time I got the ribs and pulled pork as well. The ribs were particularly good, BBQ'ed as I do at home- lightly seasoned with rub, not falling off the bone but just pulling away with a bite, and a good balance between smokiness and sweet porkiness. One of the fattier ribs was underdone, but the rest were quite good.

        Haven't noticed a consistency problem, maybe I'm just lucky.

        They might give you sauce on the meat if you asked, but on the side is the default choice. As BBQ sauce goes, the hot and medium are both pretty good for the ribs and brisket.

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        Great American Barbecue
        2009 High St, Alameda, CA

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          Ruth Lafler RE: Pius Avocado III Dec 14, 2010 04:07 PM

          Really? Maybe I've just been unlucky, but all the BBQ I've gotten from Great American has been swimming in sauce.

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            Pius Avocado III RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 15, 2010 08:30 AM

            Yes- the first time I went I asked for it on the side and the person taking orders smiled and told me that's how it's served.

            It is also mentioned on their website.

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              myst RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 15, 2010 01:58 PM

              That is curious. I too order takeout and have always been served the sauce on the side..... I like their brisket. Not as much as some other places, but its on the way home and pretty decent. Sounds better than Bonnie's to me....

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        vulber RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 15, 2010 09:51 AM

        there was a pretty unfavorable "review" of bonnie's bbq in the guardian today.

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          Martin Strell RE: Ruth Lafler May 8, 2011 03:27 PM

          Bonnie's is gone. Sign says "Island Taqueria Coming Soon".

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            shanghaikid RE: Martin Strell May 8, 2011 07:10 PM

            note on storefront:
            "new name
            new owner
            same cooks
            mexican food"

            for real, check it out!

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