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East Bay BBQ thoughts

pm | Jun 8, 200611:25 PM

I think I'm going on hiatus from BBQ for awhile. I've been suffering cravings for awhile and sadly, am not completely satiated, yet feeling so swollen from countless tens of thousands of sodium milligrams.

Flints: I've been twice to the redux on Shattuck. The first time, it was so promising. Eager clerk, the food was good (early in the day, not quite smoked enough). After a few more attempts during hours they originally had posted as open (and weren't), I hit them open again over a week ago. My meal was marginal. My ribs were so chewy to be nearly inedible in parts, and the sliced beef was so fatty to be unpleasant in parts. I actually trimmed big globs of fat out. I'm in no rush to return.

KC: I went for the first time yesterday. A sea of sauce. I never thought about how their sauce came, but since no one asked, I figured it would be in a cup, on the side, no choice of "heat." My ribs and beef came in a sea of red - to the point of really unpleasant. The beef was lean - too lean, but would have been great in a sandwich. The quantity was quite generous. The ribs were respectable. Oh, did I mention how much sauce was glooped over everything? I thought the food was ok, but remained unsatisfied when done eating.

Bo's: 2 visits in the past few months. By far, my favorite. This is not to say it is perfect, but overall, I thought the meat was the best. The only real criticism was on a very late visit, the beef was way too dry.

Lao/Thai Kitchen: It was perfectly not bad. I guess I have high expectations every time I read something that gives me hope of eternal BBQ nirvana.

T-Rex - I haven't yet set foot in there, but smell their smoker every morning. From recent reports, I think I'll check it out soon.

Jones BBQ (El Sobrante) - Why I returned for a second visit, I don't know, except he's a nice guy, and I thought the first visit's food could be attributable to a new location. The ribs reminded me of boiled meat with sauce.

Has anyone been to Doug's recently? I haven't been there for years. I also haven't been to E&J in a long time - was tempted to go in (San Pablo/University) but didn't.

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