And did I order fried chicken? Nooooooo !!!. Person after person came in for their orders of fried chicken. It was pouring down Noahs Ark type of rain and people kept coming
for the chicken.
One woman said she never tried anything else there except the fried chicken and the baked beans.
OK, heres my BBQ judging qualifications, I am as knowledgeable about BBQ as I am about Korean food very, very little experience. I am from New England so I know baked beans.
The beans in the soupy sauce werent looking good. Too much sauce I thought. However the smoky brown sugar taste was addictive. There seemed to be little pieces of some sort of greens in the beans too. The sweet potatoes had the perfect balance of sugar, butter and spice. Lovely faint cinnamon smell. Mmmm, let me take another whiff. Nice potato salad with little bits of egg, celery and olive(?). There were a few other finely chopped ingredients in there. A little on the mashed potato texture, but the flavor was fine. The sides were the most successful sides Ive had at a BBQ joint in the Bay Area.
The four way combo had hot links, sliced beef cubes, pork ribs and chicken. This is the only BBQ chicken that was not dry, but moist and juicy. There were meaty wings and white skinless fall apart tender pieces of breast. The links were hot and good. Ribs were ok. At first I didnt care for the beef because it wasnt Memphis Minnies brisket. However, there was a deep smoke to the beef. I dont know. Right now I just cant think of the words that adequately describe the beef. I would definitely order all the sides again as well as the chicken. The ribs seemed to be the least successful meat. Not bad, just average.
Oh the sauce tomato based, nicely balanced, not too hot and not too sweet. I liked it but forgot to order it on the side. Even so, it didnt overwhelm the meat like some sauces do.
They had a big pan of house made banana pudding topped with gently browned meringue. They gave me a free container. It was very good, not too sweet and full of bananas with a vegetable oil based crust.
The other desserts, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, cheesecake and chocolate cake are made elsewhere.
Jones makes quite a few items:
Chicken and sausage gumbo
Fried fish: snapper, catfish, prawns and oysters
Other sides: mixed greens, cole slaw, beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, green salad, rice and gravy, French fries, corn on the cob
Sandwiches (on Colombo rolls): blackened grilled chicken, grilled spiced chicken, blackened shrimp, grilled garlic shrimp, rib, sliced beef, beef hot links, chicken, fried chicken, fried snapper, fried catfish
Salads: smoked chicken, fried crispy chicken and shrimp louie.
Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am 3pm there are lunch specials for $5.75 that include one side and a drink.
Jones has a wide free delivery area. The will deliver as far as Carquinez. More importantly, they confirmed they will deliver to my home. This is one restaurant menu that does not get tossed. $15 minimum order for delivery.
3550 San Pablo Dam Rd #B3
El Sobrante, CA 94803
Sunday 11 am 8 pm
Tuesday Saturday 11 am 9 pm
Theres a little business profile and a picture of the owner Steve Jones in the kitchen. In this link
Cant tell you if this was Texas, North Carolina or whatever type of BBQ. I liked the food and will return. I just cant eat fried food for a while. This is one of the few times I wish someone really would stop by a place. Hey Gordon are you out there? Do you like fried chicken? Any chance you would stop by and report back? Anyone?