Where is the Best Barbecue Food in Oakland, California?

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K C Bar-B-Q
2613 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 548-1140
This resturant (rib joint) is very unique. The setting is antique photos, radios, stoves, and furniture. The recipe for the links is handed down through the family and is made from fresh meat versus, what I call, the standard "Hot Dog" link you get at the other places. I've been eating at this place for over 30 years and I still love it. Occasionally, you get some links that have been smoked too long and are a little dry but they are still the best. I've eaten at most of the rib places in Berkeley, Oakland & Richmond and I rank this one as the best. Their ribs are smoked and along with their chicken are moist and delicious. Pros + Great links & ribs Cons - Parking is limited more
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Everett & Jones Barbeque
1955 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 548-8261
A fixture in the East Bay Everett and Jones is a great place to go to get some good honest barbecue. They have 4 locations in the East Bay. Ive only been to this one and the one on Fruitvale. Both are geared towards take-out so there arent many tables for eating there. If you want a more sit-down restaurant atmosphere youll have to go to the one in Jack London Square.But enough about the ambiance lets talk about the food. The focus is the meat. The sides are pretty much afterthoughts which is fine by me. With long smoke times all the meats definitely have a good smoky flavor. Their bbq sauce is above average but not spectacular. Their brisket is definitely the highlight slow cooked and full of flavor. Chicken and ribs are better than most but nothing to write home about. I will say that Im not a huge fan of their hot links.But all in all this is the place I go when Im hankerin for some good cue. more
Great American Barbecue Co
2009 High St
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 865-3133
I just had my first excursion to Great American Barbecue Co. today. Being hungry and eager to try a variety of dishes, I got the three-way combo -- St. Louis style pork ribs, brisket, and chicken, with sides of cole slaw and collard greens. The ribs were good, with traces of a dry spice rub, but not exceptionally tender; the brisket was mostly tender, but somewhat dry; and the chicken was moderately smoky and was not as dry as some chicken that is cooked by long and slow smoking. All sauces are on the table in plastic squeeze bottles. I realized as I was eating my meal how much better I like it when the sauce is served warm on the side. It seems to make the meat seem more tender and flavorful, and actually melds with the meat instead of tasting like a separate component. The sauce is a tomato and vinegar base, tangy and sweet, with smoke flavoring added -- at least that's what I think I tasted. I really prefer to steer clear of these sorts of flavorings, and have the smokiness c more
Le Bateau Ivre
2629 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 849-1100
This charming European restaurant provided the perfect setting for my son and daughter-in-laws wedding rehearsal dinner. The owners we very helpful and available to me in planning this event. The list of food options for the individualized event menu were extensive providing something for all diners. The wait staff was pleasant and interactive. My only suggestion would be that waiters be a bit more attentive to the tables between courses to be sure guest requests, drink orders etc. are readily addressed. The food was delicious and presented well. Many positive comments about the food by all in attendance. I would recommend Le Bateau Iver to anyone planning a dinner or banquet event.
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Asqew Grill
5614 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 595-7471
I made the long trek to Emeryville to buy some Guns N Roses tickets from a guy off craigslist. I know GNR is without Slash but I never got to see them back in the day. It was either now or never and I was getting a good deal on these floor tickets. I arrived early and figured I would squeeze a lunch before the ticket deal went down. Asqew Grill has been on my personal list for some time now and it was my luck they had one at the mall. They open at 11 and I was probably the 2nd customer of the afternoon. Yes, it appears to be chain but as of right now, it's a bay area chain which is fine in my books. I doubt this is a mom and pop operation as it's apparent there's some serious dough backing this place. Everything is new, nice, clean, and modern, all the touches of venture capitalists just eager to earn more money. From what I'm told, the thing to get is the skewers, a side, and something to wash it all down. I ordered the full order of 2 shrimp skewers, cilantro jasmine rice, and a wa more
Doug's Bar-B-Q
3600 San Pablo Ave
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 655-9048
Doug's rocks the BBQ Texas-style. It ain't real 'Q' unless you can smell the smoke blocks away - Doug's stinks up San Pablo all the way to Flint's when the breeze blows the right way. Sauce is sweeter than it is hot, jukebox is smokin, sides aren't the best, tho coleslaw and beans fill the bill. Desserts are syrupy sweet. Try the goat or turkey for a special treat. Take-out only. It's a dive, like all good BBQ joints are. Right beneath the freeway overpass, don't mind the streetwalkers and broken glass. more
Brick Pig's House
5973 Shattuck Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 923-1789
Brick Pig’s House is undoubtedly the best BBQ in the East Bay. The owners, Carolyn and Alex, are not only the sweetest couple I have ever ... more

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