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Apr 5, 2013 11:55 AM

East Bay BBQ

All the threads on the topic were a little old, so I was wondering what the current consensus is for good BBQ in the East Bay? This will be for corporate catering, so they have to be able to accommodate like 60 people and deliver.

The two that I am curious about, from reading past threads, are Uncle Willie's in Oakland and Bo's in Lafayette. Are these both still excellent?

thanks in advance.

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  1. You might try Perry's Catering. Her web site is offline so maybe she's out of business, but the phone number is (925) 435-9867.

    1. It's really sad. In the last few years the old-school BBQ joints have disappeared. Flint's appears to be permanently defunct. Doug's is gone. Chef Edward's is gone. The newer BBQ places doesn't seem to capture the soul of Oakland in the same way.

      1. Flint's is so defunct it looks like they're tearing the Shattuck branch down. At least they gutted it and took out all the smoker ventilation.

        Uncle Willie's caters:!ca...

        I've heard good things about Double D but never managed to get there when they were open. Supposedly they cater.

        1. Fat Daddy's BBQ caters. It's good, not great. I was disappointed with Smoke the last time I got takeout. That was a couple of weeks ago.

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          1. re: Glencora

            I don't think Smoke is set up to cater for that many people.

          2. Uncle Willie's started out great, went downhill and have come part of the way back. They chop their brisket now, which I'm not a fan of, but the meat tastes smoked again. They hack ribs into odd pieces (almost unrecognizable as ribs).

            Smoke is good but the biggest package they mention on their site is for 16.

            Bart's Blazin' Q is a catering and competition outfit based in Livermore:


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            1. re: Pius Avocado III

              I picked up trays of Uncle Willey's food for my 60th and they gladly prepared chicken, hot links and sides for 50 people.