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3416 19th St San Francisco, CA 94110
3416 19th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94110
Barbecue RestaurantToday 5–10PM
Saturday 5–10PMSunday ClosedMonday ClosedTuesday 5–10PMWednesday 5–10PMThursday 5–10PMFriday 5–10PM
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Asian-influenced flavors like miso accompany classic smokehouse meats in a sleek, bi-level space.- Google
"We had the Smoked Trout and Asparagus Salad ($13), it was very good."
"The side of Brussels sprouts was particularly good."
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Ben Lobenstein
a year ago
I recently had my second opportunity to visit this establishment in about a year. The first time was in it's original "order at the counter style" and now more normal dining experience. We were a group each time. This most recent visit we had the pickles, the beet salad, the chopped salad, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, sausage, Brisket, Mac & cheese, asparagus (daily special), the beans, as well as the tres leches and smores desserts. I was fortunate enough to have sampled all of these. The atmosphere and decor are hip and modern, our service was outstanding. The food however fell flat, and the portions seemed to have gotten smaller. Out of all of the items I had on this visit the Pulled Pork, Sausage, and Pork Ribs along with the beans, were the stand out favorites, not just my opinion but the entire group concurred. I felt the experience was far overpriced for what it was.
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Max Davis
2 years ago
The brisket and the Korean-style short rib were both fantastic -- some of the best BBQ I've had in SF. And the Savory Collins (gin, lemon, pickling liquid, tarragon) was an excellent cocktail and great complement to the meat. On the other hand, I though the pork belly was good but not exceptional, the side of beans was somewhat bland, and the duck wings were disappointingly "just spicy" (I love hot food, but they didn't have much other flavor). I'll definitely be back.
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Charles Noling
2 years ago
My endless search for good BBQ in the Bay Area has lead me to Hi Lo. Didn't have the highest expectations but was pleasantly surprised on their quality and uniqueness. Is it traditional Texas BBQ, no. Is it good, yes. It's fancier than Rudy's and not as stuffy as Lamberts. Brisket: My favorite in the city at this moment (Protip: ask for only extra moist brisket) Ribs: Fantastic dry rub with a nice kick Sausages: Good but nothing special BBQ Sauce: Very good
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Janel Henderson
2 years ago
i tried this place out once, it was trendy and busy. i was greeted immediately and the staff is very friendly knowledgeable and attentive. i ordered the brussel sprouts which were excellent and the trout asparagus salad. i was very happy with how fast i was seated and thequality of food. the food was light and gourmet actually. not what i expected from a bbq spot but still awesome! I thought the menu was a little limited in the way of traditional bbq options. The staff made good recommendations, was friendly, and was very knowledgeable about the menu which i appreciated since it was my first time and all. i was dismayed they didnt have macaroni and cheese and did not include a their signature biscuits in the order like most bbq spots offer some bread. They offer three for three dollars which is a bit much. Who needs that much bread? The decor was impeccable, immaculate and all very sheek and posh. However the tvs were not installed so i missed march madness but once they get that resolved I'll probably come back to see if they heeded my recommendations.
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Matt Frantz
2 years ago
Starts with the food: brisket was tender and juicy, and the sauce (though not necessary to enjoy the meet) was tangy and piquant. Pork bellies were scrumptious ... melt in your mouth, with just enough muscle for balance. Brussels sprouts were great. Can't wait to try the rest of the menu. Drink menu was thoughtful, and my old fashioned was quite tasty. Beautifully finished interior, with large community seating downstairs, small tables upstairs. Something for everyone. On a Monday night, the staff was unusually friendly and helpful, given the tendency to overdo the "cool" factor in the new Mission spots. I brought my eight-year-old, and he also commented on how friendly everyone was. The format of the restaurant is order your food, sit down, and they will bring it to you. Then, they check on you, and you can order more food from your table. It works.
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Andy Wong
2 years ago
So this is how it works. You order at the counter (ask them to keep your tab open), they give you a number, you go find a table and place the number on your table. Someone will come serve you and bring you your food and drinks. If you don't keep your tab open, it will be a mess to order more drinks or food later. We had the Smoked Trout and Asparagus Salad ($13), it was very good. The asparagus had a really nice smokey flavor paired with the sweetness of the mustard seeds and richness from the poached egg. Great dish. BBQ Sampler for two ($45). It comes with two rolls that were great. Brisket that was really dry, even the fatty pieces. The hot links were too hot for me to tell you if they were good or not. The only meat that was good were the ribs. The sampler also came with 2 sides and some cookies at the end. We had the grits and artichokes for our sides, both were good. The grits was bland to start with, but as you keep eating it, there is something addictive about it. The artichokes had an amazing smokey flavor like the asparagus did. The cookies at the end was the best part of the meal. If you like sweet and salty flavors together, you will love these. I had a sweet tea, I liked it a lot. Free refills too. They don't give refills for soda. The staff was nice but we had to flag down someone constantly for things, like butter for the rolls, plates, etc. Few minuses overall but I see a lot of potential for a great meal.
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donna Woish
2 years ago
the best barbeque i have had in san francisco, where bbq has started to become somewhat trendy . . . this is not trendy food and they really know their barbeque, you won't forget the korean short ribs and the brisket, both are amazing and still affordable in a city where food prices are escalating
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Andy Martone
2 years ago
When I think of pulled pork, I think of Carolina-style vinegary goodness. The pulled pork sandwich at Hi Lo is totally unlike this - however once I got past my initial expectations, I was blown away by the awesome flavors they infused into the perfectly tender pork. The chicken salad was also amazing, served over charred lettuce. The only downsides are that the place is a bit spendy and there's a weird hybrid of counter/table service. How much are you supposed to tip at a place like this?
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