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5 San Francisco BBQ Joints to Enjoy on the Rare Warm Day

Updated on October 9, 2010
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A markerRoadside BBQ -
3751 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
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B markerMemphis Minnie's -
576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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C markerSpeakeasy Ales and Lagers -
1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
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D markerLa Rocca's -
957 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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E markerLucky 13 -
2140 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
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When the weather is warm, BBQ is on the brain but vey few people in San Francisco have an apartment that includes a yard big enough to host a barbecue. Luckily there are some spots in San Francisco where you can enjoy a really casual BBQ experience that someone else hosts for you and you just pay to enjoy. Here are five different local bars and restaurants that have BBQ for you on warm days of the year:

1.Roadside BBQ, 3751 Geary Blvd. (@2nd Ave.) Laurel Heights 415.221.7427

This is BBQ like they make it back home … well, if your home is anywhere near Texas anyway. The plates overflow with sauced-up BBQ and even the salad is a BBQ salad. But, this IS California so there are some vegetarian options for those of you who are faint of tongue. Check this place out if you’re looking for basic BBQ.

2. Memphis Minnie’s BBQ, 576 Haight St. (@ Fillmore St.) Lower Haight 415.864-7675

This isn’t quite BBQ like they make it home; it’s BBQ with some Northern California flair. Rib tip appetizers and BBQ pork rolls start you off, Texas brisket and pork and beans keeps you licking your chops and “by the pound” barbecue lets you be a pig again tomorrow. Swish it down with sake; yes, only in San Francisco do you get your BBQ with sake.

3. Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, 1195 Evans Ave. (@ Jennings) 415.642.3371 Bayview

So, here’s the San Francisco secret spot. Why’s it a secret? Because if you check out the website for this place, it’s going to tell you that all you’ll find here is a warehouse brewery where you can buy beer on the cheap. True. Except that if you actually head out there, you’ll find that there’s a guy in the back doing the barbecue thing so the fact that they advertise that they don’t do food is a bit of sneakiness on their part. Sh. Only the locals know the truth.

4. La Rocca’s Corner Tavern, 957 Columbus Ave. (@ Taylor St.) North Beach 415.674.1266

Actually, San Francisco is better with the secret BBQ spots than the advertised ones. This famous North Beach locale may be “where the tourists meet the locals” but only the insiders from the neighborhood know that the guys who work there are often out back (on the Taylor side of the street) making up BBQ on a tiny outdoor grill. If you’re looking to sneak away from the city’s activities and have your own small BBQ plate while watching the game, this is your refuge.

5. Lucky 13, 2140 Market St. (@ 14th St.) The Castro 415.487.1313 

The aforementioned sake and BBQ may be a snazzy SF treat, sometimes you’re not looking for something especially snazzy. Make this dive bar your spot for getting lucky and getting your grub on at the same time. The bad news: BBQ is only on Sundays from 4 pm – 7 pm and it’s only during the summer.  The good news: It’s free. Enjoy! Oh and it has a photo booth that you can have fun taking pictures in.


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  • TinaQynn profile image

    TinaQynn 7 years ago from Northern California

    Wow! your making me hungry. I will try next time i'm in S.F.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Great hub and I am sure many will be very interested.

  • Paul Edmondson profile image

    Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

    As a huge BBQ fan and working at hp hq in san francisco I'll have to try these.