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Good brisket, if you can get it, at Oakland's Double D BBQ


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Good brisket, if you can get it, at Oakland's Double D BBQ

abstractpoet | Aug 12, 2010 02:31 PM

I figured I'd start a new thread, to avoid confusion, since the only other one on Double D I've seen ( ) is listed under the restaurant's old International Ave. location.

Anyway, I finally stopped in at the new location (on 1st Ave., very close to International) for lunch today after a couple of unsuccessful attempts--their hours (12-6 only, and closed on Wednesdays and Sundays) aren't the most customer-friendly. But a little past noon today the restaurant was open and doing fairly brisk business. Apparently, a lot of cops frequent the place during their lunch break. It's a small space, all counter seating plus a few picnic tables outside.

I found the menu a little bit off-putting, since it only offers the various meats by the pound--the sides are separate (and also sold by weight), so you have to pay $2 for a tiny tub of potato salad. From what I can gather, you used to be able to get a $5 lunch plate (or a $10 dinner) that came with sides. No more. Seems like now they've basically taken their catering menu and made it the menu for the restaurant, too. I think there may have also been a couple of sandwich options, but not for the brisket, which is what I had come to try.

At $15 a pound, the brisket (untrimmed) is the most expensive item on the menu, and the smallest amount they'll sell you is a half a pound. That's more 'cue than I'd wanted for lunch, but I figured I'd let my waistline take the hit for the sake of journalistic accuracy. Got a side order of potato salad, which was actually pretty good, but I don't know if I'd bother with it next time--I took a few bites and packed the rest to bring home.

The brisket itself was very good, though--definitely not just boiled and dumped in sauce ( ) or previously frozen ( ) as had been reported about the old location. I forgot to order the sauce on the side, so the meat came drenched in it--but even still, I could definitely taste the smokiness of the meat. I'm no expert, but I thought it was as smoky as any I've had in the Bay Area. The brisket was quite tender, but not falling apart, with some nice burnt edges and a good amount of fat. The tomato-based BBQ sauce was tasty but didn't have much (if any) heat to it.

The meat also came with two slices of what I would describe as above average supermarket sandwich bread--above average in the sense that it was fresh, wasn't plain white Wonder bread, and didn't seem like it had been refrigerated. It was good for soaking up the sauce, and I suppose you could build yourself a little sandwich if you wanted.

Just as a point of reference, I thought that while the sauce at Double D (which I'll definitely get on the side next time) wasn't nearly as good as the hot sauce at Uncle Willie's, the brisket itself was just as good as, if not better.

I'd go back and give their ribs a try, maybe their links too.

Multiple reports on Yelp mention them running out of the brisket (along with various other menu items) by later in the afternoon, so if you want to try the brisket--which I recommend--you probably need to come by at lunch time.

Double D BBQ
1240 1st Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

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