Passing through Hopland (on 101 about 100 miles north of
SF) for the first time in a few years, I was saddened to find the
Phoenix Bakery gone.
Kept driving north and arrived hungry in Willits, never a good
place to be hungry. Right next to the Safeway at the main intersection
near the railroad tracks I spotted a small sign with the word "bbq"
and an arrow pointing in to the Safeway parking lot.
There's a bit of a strip mall there, and one of the shops, displaying a
big sign reading "BBQ" was the Phoenix Bakery! Yay!
The same hippy, crude, insanely delicious cookies as the old place.
And barbequed brisket and tri-tip roasted in the ovens. A "sandwich"
seemed a bit pricy at $9, but it was more than a pound of perfectly-
cooked brisket piled on a roll with potato salad and beans.
Technically, the only "barbeque" in this barbeque was the mildly
spicy sauce; the meat is roasted, not smoaked (and roasted with
onions, adding some extra action).
This was a very, very good meat sandwich that fed two of us. Meat
is available to take out by the pound ($12) but it may be cheaper to
buy it on a sandwich. The sauce could have been a tad spicier for
my taste, but it was a fine example of the sweet/sour style.
At last! A lunch in Willits that's not the 101 Drive-In!
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