California' contribution to BBQ (even if its not technically BBQ). Mmmm. I need suggestions for more places.
Where I've found in the East Bay:
Village Market in the Oakland Hills (which is a fine fine grocer) has BBQ out front Thursday-Sunday. Half tri-tip is 7.99, whole is 14.99. Their griller is top-notch, I have had exceedingly fine tri-tip from this guy. I've also tried sausages, roast chicken, and ribs, all of which were good, but the tri-tip was exceptional. Sauce is not bad, but like most california BBQ sauces, is too sweet for my taste. Sliced thin with some cake-box hamburger buns and a little sauce, and I could eat this every day.
Piedmont Grocery also seems to have a similar setup. Prices and menu were nearly identical. Same catering company? Same grocery store chain? Haven't tried them yet. Looking forward to it.
And that's about all I've found. The best tri-tip I've had so far was in front of the supermarket in Gualala above Sea Ranch. Damn fine meat. (If going to gualala for bbq, be sure to check out the bbq place across the street which makes the only good pulled pork I've had in this state).
So I haven't been to SLO or Santa Maria to eat tri-tip yet, but I'm planning a trip. In the meantime, any suggestions for more tri-tip east bay and environs?