When I'm freezing, I don't venture very far for food. Fortunately, Locavore is two blocks away from my apartment in Bernal Heights. Though the exterior looks a bit like a dance club, the restaurant's chef Jason Moniz and partners Mario Duarte and Cesar Ascarrunz have lovingly crafted a sophisticated and welcoming space that's downright cozy. There's a wooden community table in the center, lots of candlelight, black and white photos of pigs, and chicken-wire light fixtures that could be hokey, only it's not. A gray concrete ceiling and floor adds a touch of modernity.
When I get a craving for something, I become so singularly focused on satisfying it that I can’t let it go. It's recently BBQ that's gotten a hold on me, and until now, I haven't been able to find a spot in SF that compares to Everett & Jones in the East Bay.
I finally tried Smokin’ Warehouse, which opened last October, and am happy to report that I now have a go-to spot this side of the Bay. Smokin' Warehouse is nestled in an uber-industrial, loading-dock infested area of Bayview, but don't let the location dissuade you. Their 10-hour smoking process and melt-in your mouth brisket and pork ribs are well worth the trip.
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