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Johnson's BBQ-value meal

Cynthia | Sep 27, 2004 01:11 PM

Taking a lunch break from the SF Gravity Festival at McLaren Park on Sunday, we wandered over to San Bruno Ave. at Bacon to Johnson's BBQ. This was a good value meal: $6.25 for a chopped pork sandwich piled high on a soft hamburger bun with two scoops of cole slaw. The chopped pork was moist, tender, and a huge portion with the requested "snappy" level of the thermal nuclear bbq sauce. Snappy is chipotle/spicy but mild enough not to override the flavor of the tender pork and the sauce is a richly blended mahogany, not-tomatoey and not-sweet. The cole slaw is freshly chopped cabbage and heavy on the mayo but a fresh counterpoint to the spicy sauce. Potato salad, greens, and baked beans are the other offered sides. Canned sodas are still $1. The $8.50 combo is two pork ribs and a hot link with choice of one side order, but the 1/2 slab for $8.50 might be the better value. I guess it depends on how many ribs are on the 1/2 slab order. While it probably wouldn't meet the Memphis Minnie or Flint's standards, it did fill the plate - styrofoam, that is.
A stop at the Lido bakery near the corner for donut holes (7/$1) and slices of Danish pastry ($1 each) made the sweet tooth happy. A whole quiche for $16 looked like it would qualify for a good value.
Then, it was a walk down the street past the busy Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant, the USA Thai Noodle, the Hong Kong BBQ take-out, Breakfast at Tiffanys... does anyone know this neighborhood?

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