Summer is all about backyard parties, cornhole and grilling. Cooking out is an official summer pastime. But for those in the city without a 4-foot smoker, we curated a list of the best BBQ places in the Bayview that do the cooking for you. From pop-up dining experiences and restaurants to catering and delivery, there are many ways to enjoy barbequed meats and veggies! So if you’re looking to gather your friends around some slow cookin’ this summer, this is a good place to start:
Catering for events, parties and corporate gatherings
What’s the best part about Goldie’s Oakwood BBQ? It comes to you! Goldie’s, a catering business established in the early 1980s, quickly became infamous for its down-home cooking. Goldie’s son Azar carries on the tradition with some of the best barbecue in San Francisco. Request a quote and place your order online, and Azar will deliver it to your home, work or gathering place. The food is well-reviewed—customers rave about everything from the ribs to the mac n cheese. And for our vegetarian friends, Goldie’s offers a dish of sautéed seasonal vegetables with smoked mushrooms.
1465 Carroll Ave.
Those in the know about real barbecue will find a taste of home at Smokin’ Warehouse. Its beef brisket sandwich and baked beans are spot on, and customers note that the beef is so tender it falls off the bone. The restaurant is still run by founder Bill Lee in his electrical warehouse, and it now serves barbecue and sides between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays. If you can’t make it for lunch, contact Smokin’ Warehouse at least 48 hours in advance for catering pick-up or delivery. Or host your next event at the Warehouse—the restaurant serves gatherings of all sizes.
Native Sons BBQ describes itself as “Texas-Style BBQ made in San Francisco,” as well as a fusion “between American and Chinese-style smoked meat cooked in a Texas barbecue pit.” Intrigued yet? We were, too. Customers have noted that the turkey breast and pork ribs are especially good, and they can be enjoyed with sides such as cheese grits and beans. Native Sons BBQ is a pop-up restaurant, so be sure to keep up with their Facebook events page to know where they’ll serve next. Expect a line—and a lot of conversation about barbecue with fellow aficionados—when you find them.
5130 3rd St.
Let’s Eat takes the flavors of barbecue one step further, by allowing customers to customize the spice level (mild, medium or hot) for their sauce, which comes slathered on ribs, brisket or wings. The waffle fries are super seasoned and flavorful. The spicy wings will bring you to tears. Be prepared to sweat! The mac n cheese is elevated by a unique blend of spices. Let’s Eat offers dine-in, take-out or delivery.
Brisket never sounded so good. We’re ready for that next dinner party.