St. Louis pork spare ribs – The Dancing Pig

St. Louis pork spare ribs - The Dancing Pig
Pork spare ribs smoked in-house, dry rub served with a light barbecue sauce, and two sides. Half slab $14.95
The Dancing Pig, San Francisco CA

You definitely get A LOT of food! So if you’re looking for a great value, perhaps The Dancing Pig is for you. I’m a lover of bbq pork ribs and I’ll enjoy most preparations, but I wasn’t a fan of these. They had a weird grainy texture that did scream bbq to me! I was disappointed!

Collard greens and mac 'n' cheese - The Dancing Pig
Sides of collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Noms, I loved the mac and cheese! They’re of that creamy, loose variety that always reminds me of those I had growing up. And as you can see the sides are huge!

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street. I don’t like the fake greenery around the urn, but I love the wall mounted succulent – super cool!

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Sliders menage a trois – The Dancing Pig

Sliders menage a trois - The Dancing Pig
Three little sandwiches: barbeque pulled pork and cole slaw, beef brisket with chimichurri sauce and caramelized onions, and smoked chicken with lettuce tomato and aioli. $7.95
The Dancing Pig, San Francisco CA

The overal theme of these sliders was that the proteins were dry. The flavor combinations should work beautifully but the execution needs to improve. I will say that the price point is very good at The Dancing Pig! The food just needs a little refinement.

Pink and orange Lantana camara (Verbenaceae)
Pink and orange Lantana camara (Verbenaceae), 17th Street. I love that the lantana is still covered in morning dew. Simply beautiful!

House-made fried pickles – The Dancing Pig

House-made fried pickles - The Dancing Pig
Pickle chips and a jalapeno aioli, made right here. $4.95
The Dancing Pig, San Francisco CA

House-made fried pickles - The Dancing Pig
I really wanted to like this place because there are no other true bbq joints in The Castro. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre and the service was HORRENDOUS! It took forever to put in our order and another lifetime to finally get our drinks. Another table was seated next to us 10 minutes after we had been seated and they were able to order and get their drinks before us. That’s unacceptable! As far as these pickles go, they were good but I wasn’t amazed. They were a little greasy, but not too bad. The jalapeno aioli could have used a little more heat.

Historic Castro Theatre
The historic Castro Theatre. I love this old movie theater. They still keep the tradition of having the organ player before shows. They play some pretty cool old movies and participate in most of the citywide Film Festivals. The interior is beautiful with amazing light fixtures and artwork.