Best Barbecue

Everett & Jones

We suffer an embarrassment of riches in the East Bay when it comes to barbecue. There’s Flint’s, Doug’s, and the local Everett & Jones chain. All have their charcoal-flavored charms, but for the most reliably delicious dishes, we recommend Everett & Jones. They’ve got six different locations throughout Oakland and Berkeley, but the best one is at the corner of San Pablo and University avenues. If you have trouble finding it, just take a good whiff and let the inviting aroma of smoked animal flesh guide you. Once there, don’t let the wall of bad bumper stickers scare you away (example: “Back off — I’m gonna fart!”). And when the siren behind the cashier beseeches of you, “What you havin’, baby?” be armed with the knowledge of whether you want mild, medium, or hot sauce (warning: hot is tongue-scalding) on your chicken, sliced beef brisket, pork ribs, or links. Single meat plates come in two different sizes — “sandwich” (lunch size) or “order” (dinner size), ranging from $6 for a chicken sandwich to $9.80 for a beef order. Both sizes come with a scoop of potato salad. Two- and three-way combos are also available. Not much room to sit, though, so be ready to take it on home.

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