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Vallejo - Gracie's Family Bar-B Que

rworange | Apr 14, 200601:05 AM

FINALLY !!!. I was in Vallejo, I had not eaten and Gracie’s was open. It was like planets aligning.

Gracie’s opened a second location on Sonoma Blvd. When you walk in the door you are embraced by the smoky aroma. The air is thick with it.

I ordered Texas Brisket lunch Plate - $8.50.

I did my usual after-thought and ran up to the counter asking for sauce on the side. “Oh, sauce is always on the side” I was told. Major points for them.

They didn’t want to hide the pretty slices of brisket with the nice pink smoke ring. The menu says it is smoked all night long. It did have a deep smoke flavor. It was the leanest brisket I’ve ever had though. Almost with the texture of a pastrami. Every bit of fat was trimmed off. Don’t know if you can request fatty pieces if that is your pleasure.

Anyway the smoke flavor was very deep. The sweet brown sauce actually upped the smoke flavor. I do like sweet sauces though.

The plate comes with a corn muffin, red beans and rice and a choice of cole slaw, macaroni salad, potato salad or seasoned green beans.

I chose the cole slaw, which is made in-house. The potato salad is not. Not sure about the other two sides. I liked the slaw, but I bought it at lunch and didn’t eat it until dinner. The rice and beans shifted on top of it in the voyage, so it was a little wilted due to handling. Still good though..

I liked the corn bread muffin. It was light and had only a hint of sweetness, maybe honey. But the sweetness was just an after taste.

Speaking of aftertaste. One of the criteria for judging chocolate is finish … how long the flavor lasts in your mouth. I ate one piece of brisket when I bought it and the smoky flavor stayed with me for about a half an hour. I’m sure when I go into my car tomorrow it will still smell of BBQ smoke.

The red beans and mahogany colored rice were good and had tiny little bits of the brisket mixed in.

Pretty simple menu. The meats can be ordered as sandwiches, plates, as family meals or by the pound.

Ordering meat alone:

Louisiana Hot Link - $3 per link
Chicken leg - $3
Chicken breast - $10 per pound
Spareribs - $22 per rack
Brisket - $15 per pound

The links are not made in house, just smoked at the restaurant.

They also had a smoked bacon BLT and a club sandwich with the smoked bacon and chicken. They had a hot pastrami sandwich too. All their sandwiches, however, come with Romaine lettuce, tomato, red onions, mustard, mayo and a side of sauce for dipping.

There are a few tables and booths inside and a number of tables on the outdoor patio. On a warm sunny day like today, Gracie’s almost had a picnic feel to it. A nice tree shades the dining room There’s a parking lot in back of the restaurant.

I’m just a Connecticut Yankee with no BBQ creds, but in the link below the won an award for the best BBQ of 2005 in Sonoma. Vallejo today with flowers blooming, the trees well on their way to full foliage with other covered in pink and white blossoms was like a day in June in Connecticut. Good food, nice day.

Gracie's Family Bar-B Que
1801 Sonoma Boulevard
Vallejo, CA 94590-6013
Phone: (707) 552-2254


Closed Sunday (when I’m usually in that area)
Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 8:30 pm

AllPages had a website address which was not working, so maybe a website is on the way.

Website: www.graciesbbg.com

Link: http://www.vallejoads.com/Best_of.../...

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