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Best lil Porkhouse -- open in Alameda

Ruth Lafler | Feb 1, 201501:49 PM

So, it seems this place has been open a couple of months in the South Shore shopping center (back-to-back with Applebee's facing the inner concourse). It's the third branch of a local chain with two locations in Marin. I couldn't find any posts on the Marin locations. The San Rafael location appears to be counter service, while the Corte Madera and Alameda locations are full service will full bars.

It's a nice space with a bar area, regular tables and outdoor seating. There are three huge TVs over the bar that can be seen both inside and outside, so it can also act as a sports bar. They have a good selection of beers on tap and by the bottle, and a decent looking wine selection. All wine and beer $2 off for happy hour.

No one will ever mistake me for a BBQ maven. I thought the food was good. I ordered the trio of sliders, with one each of the pulled pork, brisket and chicken. They came sauced but not overly so. Each was distinct. The beef was sliced, not chopped; it was tender and moist (may have been sitting it a steam bath, but if so, it managed not to be overcooked). The chicken was chopped but not shredded. The brioche buns were nicely toasted and were well proportioned. It came with a choice of sides (I got the onion rings, which were only okay, but came with horseradish sauce). I wish I'd noticed they had fried pickles!

The server brought me a caddy of sauces. I only sampled the hot, but I liked it: it wasn't particularly sweet and it had a burn that kind of snuck up on me. It's not Flint's, but then, what is? Meats are natural (Snake River Farms) and organic (Mary's chicken). Prices seemed on the high end of reasonable for the quality.

BBQ purists are going to be disappointed, but I'll probably go back.


Applebee's Grill + Bar,
Mary's Pizza Shack
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