I have a visitor coming from Texas this week who wants to sample the best barbeque in the East Bay. I have read a few older posts about Bo's , Smoke Berkeley, and Smokey J's and would appreciate any recent opinions on which of these is currently serving the best and most authentic brisket and ribs.
I was a fan of the old Flint's and have since bought a Fatboy and become pretty serious about my home-made que. As a result, I don't eat restaurant que that often and almost never in our area. On a trip to St. Helena last week, I probably had the best ribs outside of Texas that I have ever tasted at Farmstead. The Chef is from Kansas and was one of the founder's of BarBerQ in Napa. He left because he had no place to install his dream smoker which they allowed him to do at Farmstead (an Oyler Barbeque pit from Mesquite,TX). St. Louis ribs with just the right amount of hickory, perfectly rubbed, tender and juicy without being mushy, generous portions and a mild blue-cheese coldslaw that I found to be a good complement (the 'Napa Valley' touch :-). Overall, it was an impressive que experience and I will certainly be back.
Unfortunately, making the drive up to St. Helena is not an option for my dinner with the Texan this week, which is why I have posted this question.