YUMMY GOOD BBQ. This is the best pulled-pork BBQ you will find in the City - for all those from the South looking to tantalize their taste buds with BBQ. Their sauces are a little different than what a southern boy like me is used to, but all you have to do is find the Jack Daniel's bottle they pass around (it doesn't have liquour, but the hottest, I mean HOT, BBQ sauce in it) which will make up for what otherwise should be traditional homemade BBQ sauce. Their Brisket is also excellent, as well as the sausage and chicken. I do not care for the ribs though - sorry Memphis Minnies, when it comes to Baby Back Ribs, no one beats Tony Romas!!! But you have Tony Romas!! beat on all the other categories... Minnie's Banana pudding is out of this world also, but the only down side is that the desserts are all a bit pricey. And when you see a Big Good Ole Southern boy walk in wanting a BBQ platter, you should at least give him 2 cornbread muffins, instead of one! The only, and I mean only, downside to this restaurant is that it's small. You may have to stand in line waiting for a seat. Sometimes, you might squeeze in and sit at a table with strangers, but hey, it's worth it. A note for the gay Bear scene, the guys running the place are all WOOFY and cute, which makes the BBQ for us bears taste even better... GGrrrrrr. The servers, in general, are all very nice. I will continue eating BBQ here, especially when I can't afford the more expensive Baby Back ribs at Tony Romas. YUM.
Dry, overcooked barbecue, prepared by inattentive staff.
I'd heard lots of good things about this place too, but the times I've come here, I've been disappointed more often than not.
The barbecue has mostly been overdone, which means it may have been juicy at one point, but by the time they served it to me, it was pretty dry.
There's better barbecue around the corner on Divisadero and Hayes or so-- I think the place is now called Lilly's.
Down right comfort food. So happy to find this place. Such tasty ribs at reasonable price. Cole slaw was really fresh too. Yum!
Down Home Barbecue. Let's start with the good news. Memphis Minnie's prepares terrific barbecue at a reasonable price. They have a good beer selection and surprisingly, a selection of sake. I had the mixed meat platter and greatly enjoyed the brisket and andouille sausage. The banana pudding dessert is a must. On a quiet evening you can have a wonderful, down home dining experience, right down to the checkered tablecloths and flying cow. Now the bad news. If they are busy you may have your food and nowhere to eat it. Seating is limited. You order on a cafeteria style line and hope that a table becomes available. We had a table and only had to suffer the hungry gazes of those waiting for us to leave. Hint to owner: Increase seating capacity!! I heartily recommend Memphis Minnies but check table availability first.
Defining the Art of Barbeque.
Simply the best. This institution would define barbeque in any city. The staff produces the real deal - consistently. All here is done from scratch - including the sides and the desserts - and everything is excellent. But the meats are the show-stoppers. All hand rubbed with seasonings and perfectly smoked. Zowwy!
The meats are served without sauce glopped all over them. Three bottles of homemade sauces sit at every table. You can explore the Carolina flatlands or hill country - or fly over to Texas by simply switching your pour.
The digs are a treasure. A fun house with surprises hidden everywhere you turn. There is nothing fancy about this place. You order and pay. You get your flatware and your own drinks and find a place to sit. The napkins are rolls of paper towels on vertical rollers atop each table. Sit down. Wait a few minutes. And prepare for a feast that you and your friends will be talking about for days to come.
At age 57 - Ive eaten barbeque back East, in the South, St. Louis, Kansas City, and San Antonio. If I could only have one more plate before I die - Id come to Minnies. I limit my visits to about one a month as I dont wish to loose my boyish figure (yeah, right) - and Ive never been disappointed. See ya there.
So-so q, less than so-so sides.
The bbq pork is cooked to mush with the texture of Cream of Wheat. This ain't q, it's a poor substitute. Try some real pulled pork and you'll instantly know the difference. The side dishes aren't much better. One time I had the macaroni and cheese: mediocre at best. Another time (Just to be fair, I tried the place more than once.) I made the mistake of ordering the "southern sweet potatoes." They must've been left over from the week before.
If you want real q, it'd be best to try someplace else.
Bummed. Being from the south and craving barbeque I was hoping this restaurant would do the trick. I liked the interior and the food looked good. I ordered the combo brisket/pork plate with a side of collards and a corn muffin. I can honestly say it was one of the worst meals I have had since I moved here. The beef and pork were extremly dry and didn't have any flavor! The sauces they offered didn't help at all. The corn muffin was dry and also had no flavor. The worst part of the meal was the collards. They tasted like they had been soaked in a pound of sugar. I tried adding a little bit of the vinegary barbeque sauce but it didn't help at all. My friend also didn't like his meal. The guy sitting next to us said he has eaten barbeque all over the country and he thought Memphis Minnie's wasn't very good! He agreed the collards were awful. I will usually give a restaurant a second chance but in this case I'll pass....
SF does ribs. Although the name and decor tries a bit too hard, the food doesn't. Indeed, speaking from experience the barbecue ribs and pulled pork sandwich would definitively win an award at the Memphis annual BBQ cookout. Additionally, the staffs are very pleasant and seem genuinely happy to work in this joint. As for the sides, the slaw is not bad but a bit too exotic for my taste. On the other hand, the cornbread is just like Aunt Bebe used to make.
Best BBQ in the Bay Area!. Whenever I'm really hungry, I go to MM BBQ. In fact this is my favorite restaurant in SF. Words can't describe how good their beef brisket is. You gotta try it.
Very solid Q - certainly worth a trip. I am from South Carolina and was pretty pleased with this place. I had the two-meat combo plate - with pulled pork and beef brisket. Both meats were good enough to be eaten without sauce. I think the brisket may be better. The three sauces are ok - with my favorite being the mustard sauce. I will be back at MM - they had a brunch menu that sounded very good. Good sweet tea!!!
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