Finally, real bbq has come to town (Oakland, to be precise) I'm more than thrilled to say that this is, in my humble opinion (I grew up in the south) the only thing that even approximates real bbq in northern CA. Yes, I've eaten at Memphis Minnies and E&J etc. And yes, I stood on line at Flints and Dougs.
And yes, I still say, this is the only thing that approximates . . . well, you know. Basically, here's what I have to say: even during the soft open, where they had a limited menu, this place so far surpasses any other bbq I've had in northern CA that I spent the rest of the day irritating my spouse with exclamations like, "Dude, I've been waiting 20 years for this" and "Did we just have real bbq or am I having that dream again?"
Go. Go now. Soon there will be lines out the door. It's cheap, it's fabulous, it's well run, they have a huge menu, and it's the real, smokier than hell itself, sauce-slathered, meat falling off the bone, Memphis deal (they are connected to a famous and well-loved bbq house in Memphis).
Ask for Tony, tell him South Carolina sent you, and breath a huge sigh of relief. Thank the food gods; thank Tomm's (yes, two Ts, not one). Finally, for the first time in my CA tenure (going on 25 years), we have real bbq.
Tomm's BBQ & Deli
3446 Market St, Oakland, CA 94608