In my never-ending quest for places with goofy names (and, of course, good 'cue), I happened on the House of Catfish and Ribs in Daly City a couple of years ago. Since I mentioned it in the barbecue tasting discussion, I thought I'd revisit and reacquaint myself... Just as I remember it, it turns out -- falling-off-the-bone ribs (really, I mean one rib basically de-boned itself as I lifted it off the plate), not too smoky, and slathered in sauce (this is definitely 'cue of the sauce-on variety). I had the medium sauce, which was a tad sweet but had a good spicy aftertaste. The catfish is breaded and deep-fried on order (no heatlamps here...). It was nice and crispy and tasted very fresh. Could benefit from some good fresh tartar sauce rather than the little packets they give you, but c'est la vie... The owners are nice as can be, and emphatically told me that I should come by the first Friday of each month for Louisiana Gumbo. There's no brisket on the menu, but there is barbecued beef -- might be the same thing, might not -- I forgot to ask. The sides were nothing special -- I had slaw and potato salad; but with a half order of ribs and half order of catfish, I had way too much food to deal with anyhow.
Not the best, though certainly not the worst 'cue. On the other hand, probably the only 'cue in Daly City. Atmosphere is typical BBQ joint -- a couple of tables, plastic utensils, styrofoam dishes. But it's nice and clean, which is more than I can say for some places I've been to. Definitely worth trying if you're in the area. I shall return for the Gumbo...
270 San Pedro Rd., sort of near the top-of-the-hill where a bunch of streets come together in a confusing jumble.
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