Anyone know anything about Southpaw BBQ? [San Francisco]
Can't believe gentrification is happening on that stretch of Mission Street... although i guess Gracias Madre started it, followed by Commonwealth.... I'm not against it (more good food for me, and that part of Mission is pretty grody) per se.....
2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
We went Friday night--it was, predictably for a Friday in the Mission--a scene. Huge bar (both many seats and tons of space behind the bar, I guess for ADA compliance), lots of tables, maybe 15 people waiting. We tried house-smoked pork shoulder and ribs. The shoulder was dry, and the ribs chewy; the portion of shoulder was particularly skimpy, though none of the servings of meat or side were the gargantuan portions usually seen at barbecue restaurants. After asking for sauce, we got a six pack of squeeze bottles, with some types I hadn't tried before (Alabama White) which helped a bit with the dryness.
You get two sides per order of meat--we tried grits, mac and cheese, and two types of vegetables I can't remember--they were all fine, but unremarkable. I think Southpaw brews their own beer but didn't try any; the cocktail list was well-chosen, and the most successful part of the enterprise so far.
Maybe they're still getting their sea legs, and a visit in a couple weeks would be a different and better experience. In the meantime, the BBQ pop-up at Rebel serves tastier 'cue.
I went last night for the second time, this time accompanied by a big group of friends (17 people maybe?) so we got to eat a significant percentage of the restaurant's offerings. Because it was split so many ways the price was reasonable for the huge quantity of food ($32 pp for food only).
What we got for that money (#s are number of orders of that dish):
(2) natchez: warm potato chips, pulled pork, black-eyed peas, pimento bechamel, hot sauce
(3) smoked pulled goat with salsa verde, house pickles & fry bread
(3) fried green tomatoes & burrata mozzarella w/pickled pepper salad & remoulade
(4) deviled eggs, chow chow coulis, piment d’esplette, chive (+crispy chicken skin)
(3) dry rubbed & smoked Hampshire pork ribs
with black pepper brie mac & cheese & golden beets w/brown sugar gastrique
(3) smoked & pulled pork shoulder
with brussel sprouts w/bacon cream & cilantro creme fraiche coleslaw
(3) smoked beef brisket - mix
match stick okra w/ remoulade & braised southern greens
(3) smoked & smothered turkey leg
fried pickles / ham hock & cheddar grit cake
The only big disappointment for me was the hush puppies, which were dry and flavorless. The brisket was the tastiest of the mains, with a pleasing texture. I found the pulled pork a little dry. The appetizers were most successful. I particularly liked the warm potato chip dish and the smoked pulled goat. Eggs were a nice opener, and I don't think I tried any fried tomatoes.
Service was efficient considering the size of our group (and that we had four or five little kids). They sat us at two tables, one giant table in the front window with high stools and a shorter table nearby that worked best for people with very young children.
I made a trip to SouthPaw BBQ as part of the Epic Beer Crawl (50 beers, 11 miles, 10 hours). SouthPaw has one beer brewing vessel in the corner, and thus has one beer on tap of their own. This beer was perhaps the best balanced and over-all good of all the beers tried that day. Sure, SpeakEasy is just plain better for the style, but that style is extreme west coast hops. Southern Pacific is somewhat blah. Thirsty Bear, 21st Amendment, Magnolia you probably have your own opinions. Social Kitchen's brews were pretty good --- but SouthPaw was the sleeper surprise in the beer category.
That was early summer 2013.
The dish I remember best from that day was the pulled goat. Very strong dish - the goaty accents of the meat were balanced by the sweetness of the sauce. Worth eating, if it's on.