BBQ Restaurants in San Francisco


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  • Smokin' Warehouse Barbecue
    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.
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    1465 Carroll Avenue
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Paragon Restaurant and Bar
    Paragon Restaurant and Bar Craft Beers | Specialty Cocktails | Eclectic-Industrial Decor | Casual Cuisine With a Twist Sample Menu: 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. Press Box “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.
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    701 2nd St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • 4505 Burgers & BBQ
    4505 Burgers & BBQ: A User’s Guide Wood-Fired Barbecue | Humanely Raised Meats | Sunny Patio Sample Menu Smoked meat plate: up to three meats, including pulled pork shoulder, pulled smoked chicken, beef brisket, and sausage, plus two sides and a house roll Spicy fries: a plate full of french fries topped with chimichurri and lemon-parsley aioli Dessert: root-beer float Where to Sit: As Max Child of The Infatuation puts it, “This place is best enjoyed in daytime, in sunlight, with a beer, on the patio. Lean back and smell the smoke.” When to Go: Earlier is better at this line-inviting spot, though the small eatery also encourages takeout orders. A burgers-only window is open late. In the Press Featured on the Food Network show “Best. BBQ. Ever.” SF Weekly called the brisket “perfectly tender and smoky,” saying that the meat effectively “stole the show.” The Infatuation raved about the ribs, calling them “by far our favorite thing we ordered. Great smoky bark, good spice, nice and tender without being overcooked.” While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Browse the expertly curated jewelry, textiles, and stationery at home-decor shop Rare Device (600 Divisadero Street). After: Pick up a loaf of freshly baked sourdough for tomorrow’s french toast at Josey Baker Bread (736 Divisadero Street.)
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    705 Divisadero Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Memphis Minnies BBQ Joint
    Chances are, the chefs at Memphis Minnie’s have begun preparing your food long before you order it. That’s not because they’re clairvoyant. Rather, the St. Louis style smoked ribs, Memphis sweet-smoked pork, and Cajun Andouille sausages—to name just a few—are slow cooked for up to 18 hours before they ever touch a plate. Purists to the core, the barbecue masters here forego all gas and electrical contraptions in favor of white oak logs, which give each slab of meat a smoky flavor and succulent tenderness that led the Los Angeles Times to call it “some of the best barbecue on the West Coast.” Memphis Minnie’s supplements their meaty offerings with a large selection of made-from-scratch sides that stay true to their Southern allegiances better than a broken compass. Macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and cornbread muffins add starchy decadence to the hearty plates of barbecue. The desserts—which are also made from scratch—include fried peach pie and smoked-pecan bacon brittle, ideal for those who are craving something sweet but not yet ready to veer away from the smoker.
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    576 Haight Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • The Rib Whip
    Four Things to Know About The Rib Whip The Rib Whip travels all over San Francisco serving up Midwest-style barbecue from the side of a big red truck. Read on to discover more about this mobile barbecue joint. It changes locations daily… The Rib Whip brings its barbecue to various locations around the city throughout the week. Its daily locale is no secret: the crew give frequent updates on Facebook, Twitter, and its website. ...but The Rib Whip can also come to you. They staff provides catering for private events like birthdays and corporate parties. There’s an on-board smoker. A meat smoker, that is, meaning that your St. Louis–style ribs are fresh and smoked to perfection. There’s more to the menu than just ribs. Other Midwest-style favorites include the pulled-pork sandwich topped with coleslaw, a barbecue-seasoned burger topped with mac & cheese, and buttermilk pie for dessert.
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    246 Ritch Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
    Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, a down-home barbecue joint in San Francisco. No need to miss out on L&L Hawaiian Barbecue just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — L&L Hawaiian Barbecue does not accept reservations. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue — casually-dressed diners are the norm here. For the tastes of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's Kearny St business. Prices are downright affordable at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, with most items well under the $15 mark.
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    312 Kearny St
    San Francisco, CA US

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