Although it might not be brilliantly sunny out today for Memorial Day, barbeque is definitely in the forecast. If a side of ribs or butt of pork didn't make it into an overnight marinade yesterday, not to worry. Several barbeque spots are open today, offering high volume take-out orders to squelch any last-minute party anxiety. Whether or not you reveal who actually made the brisket is your call.
More into farm-fresh than slow-smoked, San Francisco isn't much of a BBQ town. Aiming to change that, a slew of Southern expats in the local restaurant industry will be stepping up to the picnic plate in the coming months. Take Elizabeth Wells, for example. A native of Montgomery, Alabama who's lived in San Francisco for about ten years now, her craving for "the true flavors of the SouthEast" has not abated. In October, Wells will be opening Southpaw, a Memphis-style BBQ restaurant with an on-site brewery and a fun tagline: "Put a little south in your mouth." Around the corner, the restaurant vets behind Hog & Rocks and Maverick will be opening a Hofbrauhaus-style, counter-service spot inspired by the classic "meat and three" restaurants of the South. And the Marina's got something hot in the slow-cooker too. More on what's in store after the hop.