So Eater posted about Hi-Lo's new menu, that new bbq spot that is suppose to open whenever the fuck on 19th. Now I haven't had this food yet so I don't want to shit on them but fuck it, I'm shitting on them. You can peep the menu below. Look I'm about my bbq for reals and I'm not really sweating them for $18/lbs brisket. Franklin's is 16/lb and that's in Austin, so for SF the meat price isn't that bad. My issue is all the other bullshit on this menu. Dog I don't care about smoked almonds, duck wings, mussles, ten dollar fucking potato salads, fucking beets by dre, goddamn warm kale, fucking baby carrots and parsnips?!?! WTF kind of bbq is this dog? I mean I get it, you're trying to fancy it the fuck up for some hee hawing ass cubicle warrior, but come on fool you're doing counter service. I'm not trying to fuck with some Zynga-ass cafeteria lunch special of the fucking month. There are two things worth calling bbq on this list and that's brisket and the ribs. I don't even want to holler at the loin if you aren't fucking with some pulled pork. All this shit is just a big red flag telling me that if you're doing all that shit chances are you're gonna fuck up the main meats.

I'm still probably gonna try this spot but goddamn can't someone just stop giving us bullshit ass bbq in this town. Stop fucking around and smoke some meat proper like already.

Smoked Marcona Almonds $4.5

Assorted Seasonal Pickle Jar $6

Pull Apart Potato Rolls $1

Duck Wings $11 Bourbon-Sriracha Glaze, Crisp Apple, Fennel Slaw

Penn Cove Mussels $12 Bone Marrow Broth, Fresno Chilies, Diced Apple

Cedar Plank Grilled Arctic Char $13

Smoked Fish Plate $15 Steelhead Trout Brandade, Smoked Sturgeon, Scallops, Oysters, Pickles, Sea Beans, Grilled Levain

Coal Roasted Baby Beets $10 Rocket, Blood Orange, Blue Cheese

Warm Dino Kale and Sweet Potato Salad $10 Ricotta Salata, Chili Spiced Pecans, Citrus amd Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Meatloaf Sandwich $10 Texas Toast, Butter Lettuce, Green Tomato Chow Chow

Grilled Eggplant Wrapped Oyster Mushroom Medallions $13 Anson Mills Grit Cakes, Ginger Tamari Sauce, Charred Scallion Oil

St. Louis Cut Spare Ribs $13/half $23/whole

Smoked and Sake-Braised Pork Belly $15/lb.

Hard Cider Brined Pork Loin $18/lb.

Grilled Flanken Cut Beef Short Ribs $20/lb.

Beef Brisket $18/lb. Iocopi Farms BBQ Baked Beans and Burnt Ends $6

24 hr. Confit Sunchokes $6 Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts

Roasted Baby Carrots and Parsnips $6 Salsa Verde

Shaved Brussels Sprout $6 Bacon Vinaigrette Crispy Shallots

Seasonal Pie and Cobbler $7

Comments (38)

Burnt ends is where it’s at.


I had some good burnt ends at Honey Bear BBQ in Phoenix a month ago….

T-dubs doesn’t play around

Disagree strongly that BBQ is only about brisket and ribs. But yeah these prices are dumb.

I’m not saying bbq is only those two, I’m just saying in regards to their menu. you can bbq a lot of shit but I don’t give a fuck about how fancy the potato salad is if you can’t focus on the meat.

I’m sticking with Da Pitt on Divis. Only legit BBQ in the whole goddamn city. Meat and sauce both fine, proper brick smoker, etc. Only complaint is that their sides are somewhat lacking.

+1 Ghetto proper. Get it while it last,heard they wanted to put a Farina there once the Bi rite goes in down the street…

That’s tragic, but not surprising. That place is the real deal in a neighborhood that is rapidly morphing into another yupster playground. Such is life.

Correction - there are no legit BBQ places in SF.

Incorrect. See above.

All right, then you are in no position to talk about BBQ.

Suuure. Whatever you say, sparky.

Da Pitt is alright- like strip mall bbq in the south. Memphis Minnies is a lot better. But really, all the BBQ in this town ranges from mediocre or okay to only fit for consumption by dogs.

Are you kidding? Memphis Minnies is terrible. Dry meat, terrible sauces, bland sides. Blech.

This. MM is terrible. The two times I’ve bothered to go there in the past four years, all the food tasted like it was a day old. Or more.

During my two visits there were a lot of drunk people in there, so I guess quality doesn’t matter.

Sauce and sides? WTF does that have to do with BBQ.

You. don’t. know. what. you’re. on. about. son.

You have no idea what you’re talking about. Sauce and sides are absolutely part of the BBQ experience. Claiming otherwise is utter nonsense, son.

Arguing about BBQ in this town is like arguing about capital punishment or abortion with a right-winger. Everybody thinks they’re right and you can never change anyone’s mind. I have opted for BBQ detente - I like what I like, you like what you like, and we go on with life, even though you’re wrong.

(For the record, I think Southpaw does some great pulled pork. Their ribs are no good, though. And I haven’t been to MM in years, so I couldn’t opine.)

Probably a wise strategy.

As much as I think your breath smells like syphilis, I totally agree with you on this.

No, no. I’ve switched to a more tubercular toothpaste.

so when are you opening up YOUR bbq place? ‘Cause you know that’s the only way you’ll get one that matches your every specification.

after I put in my time at my day job actually, then it’s on. Got a lexington bastardized shoulder that is on smash. Still dialing in the brisket but it shits on what I can get in this town. Need to get my mustard game proper too though but that’s the dream, get my ends right so I can just listen to rap music and serve meat on newspapers.

Serg, I’d patronize that place. The best BBQ in the city comes from my back yard.

If I walk into a BBQ joint and it has cloth napkins, I leave immediately. This place sounds like they’d have cloth napkins, for sure.

I agree with the sentiment of the post but the writing is atrocious. Serg is probably an OK guy but he sounds in his printed word like an asshole.

I got no skin in this game, but use some goddamn commas if you’re going to hate.

This is why I read this blog.

Rap and old school electro?

Smothered in a rich smokey sauce.

¿Why you crying mijo?

I like good sides. I have a wife. If there is only over cooked macaroni and greens, she will opt for other takeout. This is why we like CatHead’s.

I would like somebody to sell good beef ribs, please.

Second and third Da Pitt. They’re not always ‘on’ but when they are, damn. 40+ years worth of soot in that brick smoker. Nothing like it.

Smokin’ Warehouse is legit, too. They don’t even have tables, you have to sit on the curb.

I just want a fucking Big Mac!


and confit sunchokes too!

Try Cathead’s BBQ. It’s easily the best I’ve had in SF


Have you tried the Rib Whip truck, pretty good if you’re into that kinda thing (BBQ).