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- $28 for $40 worth of slow-smoked barbecue and drinks for two or more
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The Cats Restaurant & Tavern
In the 1920s, decades before it became The Cats Restaurant & Tavern, the Cats Roadhouse was known around town as a notorious speakeasy and bordello. The identity of the 19th-century building changed several times afterward, from realty office to gun shop to sporting-goods store, before reemerging as a tavern in 1967. These days, the renovated space pays homage to old-timey saloons—in the Wild West days of shot sheriffs and not-shot deputies—with touches such as stagecoach wheels and a curved mahogany railing from San Jose's oldest courthousek.
When it comes to food, however, the tavern adheres to a different tradition. The Cats stick to BBQ made by pitmasters who have all been certified by barbecue legend Paul Kirk. Cooks slow-smoke pulled pork and St. Louis ribs for at least six hours, plus sear chops and steaks—including a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye—over oak fire at up to 1,200 degrees. Local wine and craft beer complement succulent feasts, which unfold amid nightly live music; view the upcoming music calendar here.