Went to Big Nate's Barbeque on Folsom St in SF for lunch today on a $20 worth of food for $10 coupon. It looks like they have spruced the place up a bit since my last visit many years ago, and the interior smelled of hardwood smoke which was a good sign. Each table now has three large bottles of warm sauce - mild, medium & hot. So far so good, so I ordered the 2-way brisket & links with sides of mac & cheese and mean greens.
The food came with a large plate topped with brisket and links, accompanied by 4-oz sample cups of the mac & cheese and greens. The brisket was chopped rather than sliced, and there was no smoke ring present, but the meat thankfully came un-sauced so I was still pretty optimistic. Unfortunately it should have all came sauced, because both the brisket and the links were dry, and the mac and the greens were bland. The "hot" sauce, which wasn't very hot, wasn't too bad though.
I'm not sure I would go back to try the chicken and ribs, even with another coupon.