Pork ribs and brisket combination – Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous

Pork ribs and brisket combination - Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
World-famous Rendezvous charcoal-broiled pork ribs, beef brisket, served with beans and slaw. $21.95
Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous, Memphis TN

Omg, I think these were my favorite ribs in Memphis. I know that they’re not Memphis style, but they were the most flavorful and juicy of all the ribs I tried. The rub that they use is frickin’ delicious! It was very herbaceous and had so many spices. NOMS! The brisket was good too, but the ribs were the star. I liked the baked beans, but the slaw was too vinegar-y for my taste.

Pork, beans and rice - Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Pork, beans and rice. Complimentary


Texas beef brisket sandwich – Memphis Minnie’s

Texas beef brisket sandwich - Memphis Minnie's
Slow smoked brisket, served with pit-smoked beans. $11.95
Memphis Minnie’s, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love the beef brisket at Mephis Minnie’s! It’s super tender and very flavorful. I will admit that some of the pieces were on the dry side this time around. They certainly put plenty of brisket in this sandwich. Noms!

Mr. Brisket sandwich – Roadside BBQ

Mr. Brisket sandwich - Roadside BBQ
Soaked for up to seventeen hours and topped with coleslaw and bbq sauce. Served with brisket baked beans. $8.95
Roadside BBQ, San Rafael CA

Mmm, this sandwich was delicious! The brisket was tender, flavorful, and had a nice smokey flavor. It was also great with the slaw on top. I think the bun was a little on the thick side – I like less bun for bbq. The baked beans were very tasty.

Lemonade and Diet Coke - Roadside BBQ
Lemonade and Diet Coke. I like the little jars that they came in!

Bbq combo plate – 4505 Meats

Bbq combo plate - 4505 Meats
Brisket, smoked chicken, pork spare ribs, with B&B pickles, coleslaw, potato salad, white bread. $15
4505 Meats, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this combo plate was delicious! It’s a bit pricy for a food stand at lunch, but the meats are certainly quality. I was really surprised at how tender and smoky the chicken was. It almost looked undercooked, but it was so juicy and perfect. The brisket and spare ribs were also super tasty. Noms!

Transamerica Pyramid
Transamerica Pyramid, Financial District.

Certified black angus beef brisket – Baby Blues BBQ

Certified black angus beef brisket - Baby Blues BBQ
1 pound $19.75
Baby Blues BBQ, San Francisco CA

I was SO disappointed when I opened the to-go bag and found this tiny container of meat that cost me twenty bucks! But one pound of beef is actually a lot of food – it just looked deceivingly small in the container. The brisket was good, but I’m still not convinced that it should cost so much.

Holey smokes sandwich – The Cowboy Way BBQ

Holey smokes sandwich - The Cowboy Way BBQ
Brisket slow cooked with red oak and hickory, with Cowboy BBQ sauce, served on a fresh roll, side of Southwest macaroni salad. $11.95
The Cowboy Way BBQ, Palm Springs CA

OMG, I’ve found my go-to BBQ place in Palm Springs! The food here was amazing and very reasonably priced. The brisket was tender and smokey and the BBQ sauce was delicious. The light, spongy roll reminiscent of sliced white bread worked perfectly in this sandwich. The macaroni salad was unique, but I actually liked it. NOMS!

BBQ sauces - The Cowboy Way BBQ

BBQ sauces atop faux cowhide tablecloth (cute!).

Diet Coke - The Cowboy Way BBQ

Diet Coke. $2.50

Beef brisket sandwich – Il Cane Rosso

Beef brisket sandwich - Il Cane Rosso
Marin Sun Farms beef brisket, cherry tomato conserva, lemon aioli. $10
Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I really liked this sandwich. All the ingredients were SO tasty, but I just wish they had used a slightly softer bread. This one was really crispy and dense and it took quite some effort to chew through. But paired with a yummy beer and sitting outside on the water, I really couldn’t complain too much! 🙂

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010

Rayon Vert pale ale - Il Cane Rosso

Rayon Vert Belgian-style pale ale. $5

Lamb's ear flowers
Lamb’s ear flowers (Stachys byzantina, Lamiaceae), Embarcadero with the Bay Bridge in the background.

Braised beef sandwich and hush puppies – Bitterroot BBQ

Braised beef sandwich and hush puppies - Bitterroot BBQ
Happy hour $9
Bitterroot BBQ, Seattle WA

EW, these hush puppies were overcooked and super greasy! They were probably some of the worst hush puppies I’ve ever had. The braised beef sandwich was pretty good though, thankfully. The meat was tender, juicy and flavorful.

White tulip flowers
White tulip flowers (Tulipa sp., Liliaceae), Renton.

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!