At lose ends in downtown Oakland at lunchtime yesterday, I decided to swing by Chef Edwards for some bread pudding, and to try the brisket, and what the heck throw in a Piggly Wiggly. Then I decided what I really wanted -- feeling self-indulgent because of my ongoing but hopefully now resolved root canal problems -- was dim sum.
So I'm sitting at my desk chowing on the Piggly Wiggly for lunch and the brisket became dinner. The brisket was juicy, slightly fatty and falling apart into strings tender (just right for my post-root-canaled mouth), and the sauce and the meat went together perfectly. I ordered the sandwich portion and my choice of sides was the candied yams, which were richly sweet. The little drops of yam syrup trickling into the meat just added to the flavors marrying happily in my mouth.
Maybe it's time we had a SF Area Barbecue tasting like the one they had in LA. We could argue over 'cue and pass the hat for Chowhound. I might even host if people are interested.