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Memphis Minnie's
576 Haight Street/Steiner, SF
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Pretrial hearing at Toronado
9/13/01

McClure

The second time around was a charm. All the items I was looking for were being served up this time, except for the mashed potatoes, but seeing how don't offer them I can't complain too much. I went for the three-way combo, oh yeah, the pork ribs, the brisket, and the tri-tip with sides of macaroni and cheese and baked beans. Wow, throw in a soda and it will run you $18.73, including tax, for all this good fun.

We met the owner, Bob Cantor, this time around, and what a friendly BBQ'er he is. He is very proud about the last year of Q-ing and pointed out the perfected smoke ring in the brisket. I wasn't quite sure what that meant but that brisket was sure full of the tasty smoky flavor you want. We sampled a couple desserts this time and I gotta say that the banana pudding was very nice.

Memphis Minnie's is still cooking in the Haight so if you haven't given it a try, what's up? Get over there and eat, eat, eat 'em up. Everything was just great and I had enough left over for a tasty sandwich the next day.

 

Turner

Well it's been about a year since the Court officially visited Minnie's, and I'm here to tell you that they're still there doing it to it. In fact, I dare say they're doing it better than ever.

This time they had the brisket (hallelujah!) so I teamed that up with the pork ribs for my two-way combo. Mac and cheese and beans on the side. The ribs were as succulently smoky and tender as always, and just damn good. Can't beat 'em. The brisket, too, was very good. Darkly charred on the outside moving through shades of brown and pinkish hues to the juicy smoke-infused center of beefy delight. Oh, the brisket is good. Smoked for some 18 hours, I believe. "The only way to get that is to do it low and slow," Mr. Cantor said. And by God he's right. Perhaps not quite as tender and juicy as the magic they prepare at Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas, but then I think they use a much fattier brisket.

The beans were great as always, spicy and meaty. Mac and cheese: solid. Also this time the cornbread was much fresher and tastier, and I ate my whole slab. We also sampled some of their new desserts, namely banana pudding and pecan pie. The pudding (or, puddin', as they say) was very good, with lots of vanilla wafers (or, 'nilla, as they say) stuck in there. And I don't know if it's just been a while since I had good pecan pie, but this slice was excellent. Chock full of nuts and caramel-y goodness.

Everything has come together there, it's a beautiful thing. Again, if someone is serving better 'cue around this town I don't know who it is. Oh by the way, if anyone is looking for a cashier job, stop in and talk to Bob.

 

Vardigan

I'm not sure if this marks Minnie's longest run at one address, but I'm immensely grateful she's still around a year later. When we reviewed it back then, Bob Cantor and his wood smoke were just getting their footing -- and they still garnered four and five dogs from the judges. By now he's got things going so right that we must all pray for a long, long run on Haight Street for Bob. He is doing something we badly need.

The brisket, nurtured for 18 hours, will leave you burping wood smoke 18 hours later. I recommend it in any two-way you might assemble. The beans are also surefire -- my favorite side offered. The potato salad was nothing spectacular. Doing it over again I'd go with beans and mac and cheese.

Dessert -- which didn't exist (to my knowledge) the first time around -- was an unexpected hit. The banana pudding was a wonderful mush, and a perfect way to pad the stomach after all that meat.

Bob's also added a third sauce to the tables, which we stupidly failed to try. Next time. Here's to many more next times, Minnie.

 

Read about the judges first visit to Memphis Minnie's

Check out Memphis Minnie's neato Web site here.

 

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