Just finished a pretty tasty lunch at Riedel's, a relatively new barbecue joint right by Van Ness metro. First, it is nice to see a decent restaurant open up in this almost chow-barren neighborhood.
As for the review: I had their Texas "Cheesesteak" Brisket sandwich with fries(albiet without the cheese) - it is slice of their beef brisket sauced with their texas bbq sauce and grilled onions and bell pepper on Texas toast (thick cut piece of grilled white bread). Overall it was pretty good, especially for $7. There regular smoke pit bbq dinner entrees are more expensive in the range of $13-22+
The best thing about this place is the bbq sauces. I made sure to sample all four:
Texas - dark brown, ketchup base with a hint of chilli, and strong worchesthire tase. My rating: 7.
Memphis - orangy color from its tomato sauce base with a definite fiery, poblano chili kick (probably considered only mild for you hot sauce lovers though). It was good but not really my like on bbq sauce - rating: 5.
Kansas City - deeper orange brown, ketchup base with molasses and more sugary sweet flavor. Still very complex taste though. My favorite - rating: 9.
Carolina Mustard - deep yellow, a strong mustard with a chili kick. Great stuff if you like mustard sauce - was wonderful on the fries or mixed with the Kansas City for a super Heinz 57 kind of blend. Rating - 8.
Now the condiments are good news, the bad news is that the beef brisket itself was only so so. Definitely better than most home chefs, but it was too fatty and should have been cooked longer for my taste. I like it falling apart.
The staff was very friendly and helpful and the space is nice. Kind of an upscale, casual feel with a nice bar in the back end.
Give it a try and let us know what you think as well.