Big Jim?s BBQ entrances diners with a menu of tempting contemporary and barbecue cuisine arranged by chef Jim Modesitt. Like the annual westward migration of wood-smoking grills, the sauce-slathered bill of fare unites gourmet California treats with rustic southern cooking traditions, pairing juicy pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and brisket with hearty risottos, traditional cornbreads and beans, assorted cheeses, and crostinis. As clients sup on the tasty bounty or enroll in courses to learn the dark arts of cookcraft from the kitchen?s professional chefs and caterers, rich flavors and aromas lavish the nose and palate with a sensory celebration of fine food.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Roadside BBQ, a down-home barbecue joint in San Rafael.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Roadside BBQ has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at Roadside BBQ, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Roadside BBQ.
Whether you have a large or small group, Roadside BBQ can accommodate both.
Roadside BBQ doesn't take reservations, so on busy nights you may have to wait a bit.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Roadside BBQ in jeans and a hoodie.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Roadside BBQ to your next party or event.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Cyclists are in luck. Roadside BBQ provides bike parking.
Meals at Roadside BBQ are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ, a down-home barbecue joint in San Rafael.
Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ is making food that everyone loves. Taking it back to the high-calorie basics.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ's menu.
Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ is great for families with kids.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Or, take your grub to go.
You can also have Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ cater your next event.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ.
Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Affordable food or tasty food? Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ doesn't make you choose.
An electrical warehouse isn't the first place you might look for good barbecue. But for Smokin' Warehouse Barbecue owner Bill Lee, his warehouse was the perfect mix of expansive size and industrial chic. Since 2010, that's where he and his staff of 10 have spent their days slow-cooking cuts of meat, from barbecue-slathered chicken quarters to their specialty beef brisket. They spend up to 10 hours smoking and cooking each slab of brisket, helping to infuse the meat with zesty flavors without requiring cows to graze in fields of jalape?os. But the warehouse's chefs don't just follow classic barbecue recipes. They also play with ingredients to create unique hybrids such as chicken-tender sandwiches topped with barbecue sauce and burgers piled high with tender pulled pork and crispy onion rings. The fruits of their labor are sold from the warehouse as well as a food truck; follow the food truck's whereabouts here.
Paragon Restaurant and Bar
Craft Beers | Specialty Cocktails | Eclectic-Industrial Decor | Casual Cuisine With a Twist
Cocktail: white-peach sazerac
Appetizer: rosemary-laced Paragon mac ‘n’ cheese
Salad: the little gem lettuce salad, with pomegranates and shallots
Entree: flat-iron steak with escarole, bacon, root vegetable hash, and Bordelaise
Dessert: chocolate mousse cake with salted caramel and chocolate salt
When to Visit: On hump day, if you like barbeque. Baby back ribs, chickens, and pulled pork star in BBQ Wednesday meals, along with sides such as ham hock collard greens, beer baked beans with bacon, and brown butter cornbread.
Where to Sit
If you're feeling nosy: pop a squat near a window and people-watch
If you're feeling social: have a seat at the long, communal table
If you're feeling outdoorsy: step through the roll-up garage door and take a seat on the patio, or sit next to the door to enjoy the breeze while inside.
If you're feeling shy: Book a private event in one of the cordoned-off dining rooms.
“The mac ‘n’ cheese’s crust is crunchy and salty, the sauce tangy and fragrant with rosemary. This small ramekin . . . is big on flavor and is rich enough that it's actually the perfect serving size.” — 7x7
“Paragon Restaurant serves bar food near San Francisco's AT&T Park, but don't expect to find it offering the standard soft pretzel with mustard. Instead, Paragon chef Spencer O'Meara serves a house-made soft rye-flour pretzel with caraway seeds with a Mt. Tam cheese and pale-ale dipping sauce. . . . [It’s] high-quality pub food.” — Wall Street Journal
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite by bowling at the lounge-style Lucky Strike (200 King Street), located a block down Townsend St.
After: Walk one block to catch a Giants game at AT&T Park. On home-game days, Paragon opens half an hour early.
Juban Yakiniku House Restaurant: A User’s Guide
Japanese Barbecue | Grill-Your-Own Meals | Sake and Cocktails | Three Locations
Proteins: filet mignon and sea scallops
Vegetables: satsuma potatoes and oyster mushrooms
Starch: brown rice
Accompaniment: assorted kimchi
Drink: Kuheiji, a sake that’s usually only sold at the Ritz Hotel in Paris
How it Works: Servers bring meats and veggies directly to diners, who use smokeless tabletop grills to cook their meals. Once each savory component is grilled to your preferred level of doneness, it’s customary to dip it into one of the restaurant’s signature sauces.
The Vibe: Copper awnings and pillars welcome diners into a tranquil space surrounded by cherry-wood walls and artwork.
Portions are small for a reason. Juban encourages diners to order multiple items (2–3 per person) so they can experiment with different ingredient combinations and try new flavors.
The food cooks fast, so keep an eye on it. Most items only need to be grilled two or three minutes per side.
Yakiniku: a Japanese term referring to grilled meats; at a traditional yakiniku restaurant, diners cook these meats tableside.