I happened to chance try a visit to the new Uncle Frank House of Barbecue and Catering in Mountain View as I was passing by the vicinty after hearing about their impending opening - finally! Actually, Uncle Franks official grand opening is really not intended to be until next week. It is slightly west of the intersection of Middlefield Way and Rengstroff and on the south side of Middlefield. If you are going east along Middlefield Way from Palo Alto into Mountain View, it is the next to last entrance before reaching the corner of the intersection. You will find a structure adressed 2135. You will see that it is Francesas Bar. Never mind, do not fear, walk straight into Francescas bar and into the back of the bar and you will discover another little room. Herein presently resides/or hides Uncle Frank! You would not have able to know by any outward appearances of any kind! Finding Franks is the first step!
I wanted a variety of Uncle Franks barbecue goodies, so I asked if he had a sampler, - meaning if he had a combination plate, thats what Im looking for. Uncle Franks reply was do you want to sample? Huh? After a moment of hesitation, I said yes immediately to see if my wildest binge of imagination would ring true. Uncle Frank departed into the kitchen. I was left with the only one other person in the room. He noticed my somewhat puzzled look, smiled at me as to say dont worry went on to and explain that Uncle Frank is the only person he knew who would let you sample his food before buying! Sure enough! Uncle Frank reappeared from the kitchen bringing forth before me a sizable free helping sampling of barbecue pork ribs and beef brisket smothered in BBQ sauce. Wow! What a deal and good eating too!
Uncle Frankss pre-grand opening menu:
HOUSE SPECIALS consist of half orders of beek links (2), chicken (1/4 cut) pork ribs (3 bones), and beef brisket from 7.00 to 9.00 with potato salad or cole slaw.
FULL MEAL SPECIALS consist of beef links (50, chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, two way combo (two items), supreme combo (3 items), and a whole chicken (no sides) from 13.00 to 19.50 with potato salad and cole slaw, except as noted. There is a rib slab (w/sauce, no sides) for 25.00.
FRIED FOOD consist of wings and fries and catfish and fries for 5.00 and 8.00 respectively.
After devouring my delicious sample offering, I departed for home happily with a takeout supreme combo of ribs, beef brisket, and links. There is no guarantees as to Uncle Franks future sampling policies. I and others before me were just truly amazingly lucky!