There’s nothing quite like gathering on 4505’s patio to enjoy a huge plate of meat, especially when that smoked meat is 4505’s pulled pork shoulder or three-quarters of a pound of ribs. And while barbecue is where it’s at, 4505 also has one of the best burgers in town (aptly named “Best Damn Grass-Fed Cheeseburger”) and a beloved frankaroni (a fried chunk of hot dog-studded mac and cheese), both of which, much liked the famed chicharrones, are hard to resist. All the more reason to make this a regular spot in your dining-out rotation.
This is the spot to go if one of you prefers North Carolina barbecue and the other is ride-or-die Texas-style and you decide you want to “meat” in the middle. This mini barbecue chain (with two LA locations plus a spot in Philly) doesn’t play favorites and instead focuses on a hybrid-style of the four main BBQ food groups: North Carolina, Texas, Kansas City, and Memphis. It also puts out a damn good mac and cheese. You can still order for delivery, but everything tastes better when you’re fully immersed in the smell of smoke from meat that’s been cooked to perfection.
If your idea of barbecue is less smoky brisket and more saucy, baked goodness, this duo of Southern comfort eateries will hit the spot with their old-school chicken or spare ribs. The famous fried chicken is equally solid (pair it with a buttermilk Belgium waffle for a true taste of heaven), as are sides like collard greens and black-eyed peas.
Family-owned Hing Lung has been dishing out some of the city’s best Chinese barbecue for decades, and now it’s offering delivery for the first time under the moniker “Go Duck Yourself.” Want to pick it up in person? The shop is also open. For dinner, opt for a plate of roast duck or honey-glazed pork, served over rice, veggies, and plum sauce. Or cater an afternoon picnic or binge-watch session with duck fat-fried chicharrones and salt-and-pepper jalapeño wings.
Steph Curry may dominate on the court, but it’s his wife Ayesha Curry who’s a baller in the kitchen. Her collab with Michael Mina is inspired by their global travels, so be prepared for international twists on barbecue staples. Order your ribs cooked in one of four styles: St. Louis, American barbecue, Korean sesame-gochujang, or Mexican chipotle. There are a few new post-pandemic items on the menu and we could tell you about the whole roasted cauliflower, but why would we do that when we could tell you about the Peking pork belly bao buns instead? Exactly.
How to enjoy: Open for indoor dining from 5 pm to 9 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday. Make a reservation here. You can also order for takeout and delivery via BBot from 11 am to 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 9 pm, seven days a week.
An SF barbecue icon before barbecue was really a thing in SF, Minnie’s continues to dish up some of the city’s best ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, with an especially solid sauce game (try the Carolina mustard). It’s also one of the few local barbecue places to bring it on the dessert front, with some seriously good pecan and peach pie.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only from 11 am to 10 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 am to 9 pm on Sunday. Outdoor seating available. Order for pickup or cash-only delivery within a limited zone by calling 415-864-7675; delivery to outlying neighborhoods and all credit-card orders go through Caviar.