I've seen this place on E Washington a few times so stopped for lunch today. It looks like a (nice) fast food place but this one-off barbecue place cooks brisket, ribs, etc. in a smoker. I had the brisket plate ($9.95) including one side. The platter arrived and I immediately smelled the smoke from the three generous slices (not chopped, thank goodness) of brisket. It was very good. Was it up to Memphis Minnie's brisket? Maybe lacked a bit of MM's brisket character, but I'm now being picky. This is "the real thing" barbecue and I look forward to trying their ribs the next time I'm in Petaluma at meal time. I asked for the sauce (mild and hot) on the side and thought both were fine, if not the best I've had. The hot isn't super hot; I liked to mix them. The cole slaw I had was very tasty, with a dressing made by the very friendly owner's grandmother. I thought there was too much dressing on it, and the owner agreed with me so maybe they'll fix that. Try this place for yourself and report back. Oh, don't be put off by the "Fresh Off The Grill" sign above the barbecue menu. I immediately mentioned that and the owner said not to worry, the bbq is cooked in a smoker. They really should change that sign :-)
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The BBQ Pit
600 E Washington St.
Petaluma, CA 94952