Looking for lunch near Thrift Town. Jones' lunch specials for $5.75 come on a bun with one side and a drink. This is very intriguing to me--when have you seen anything but flabby bread at a BBQ place? So I got the BBQ beef on a bun, not expecting
This baby came sliced in half and each half was wrapped. It was oozing many sauces, but that bun was crisped on the grill, friends, so it was holding up great. I have never had barbecue given the complete sandwich treatment before: lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard (mustard!!!), and utterly tender and smoky slices of beef with a sauce I am obviously in no position to judge. What took this up to a new level of messy greatness was the devilish CRUNCH of the toasted surfaces of the bun, and the bland but chewy heft of the bread, playing against the noise of all those flavors within.
I don't know if I'll think this is the best barbecue overall, but this enters the pantheon of great Bay Area sandwiches. I'm going back for the tri-tip on a roll at $9.95. They also have blackened or grilled garlic shrimp on a bun, as well as links, fried chicken and catfish. And St. Louis ribs, spare ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, fried snapper and catfish and prawn dinners. And what was the magazine on the table ready for my perusal? "Fitness", of course!
Jones' BBQ Fish and Chicken
3550 San Pablo Dam Road (in the Plaza Sobrante)