4505 Burgers & BBQ
I adore barbecue! There is nothing better than devouring succulent smoked meat or a plate of pork ribs that have been licked by fire, kissed by smoke and then hugged by sauce. Plus, there is the added fun of eating with your fingers. “Don’t Play With Your Food!” doesn’t apply when eating barbecue. If you don’t get something on your shirt, you’re not doing it right.
In hope of trying some down home meaty fare, we headed over to 4505 Burgers & BBQ, located at Divisadero Street and Grove, in San Francisco. It’s equipped with one of the area’s last remaining historic wood-fired barbecue pits, which is key because genuine barbecue should always be slow cooked over wood.
As soon as it opened its doors, the restaurant quickly established itself as a Divisidero hotspot. There are usually lines snaking around the block on warm days and weekends, though as we learned the line moves quickly.
It’s a family-friendly, quick-casual eatery, where they served classic favorites, such as their Best Damn Cheeseburger to slow–roasted brisket and smoked whole chickens. When asked what style of barbecue they serve, the chef Ryan Farr said that they prepare their barbecue not in Kansas City, Carolina or Texas style, but in a distinctive 4505 way.
To me their pork ribs tasted like Texas barbecue, with dry rub and sauce on the side. A special shout out to my friend Tina, who knowing how much I loved ribs, use to fly some up for me from Dallas!
As the menu says, you can either “Pig In Or Pig Out”. We chose the former, and sat at one of the communal tables outside. The décor is rustic and minimal with shipping containers serving as shelter out on the outside patio. The service was quick and friendly, and our order was served in no time. As soon as we tucked into our food, our conversation ceased as we enjoyed a symphony of tastes and textures.
Every dish we tried was a triumph! The Pork Spare Ribs, which comes with sliced sweet Vidalia onion and soft and fluffy white bread, were just the right blend of salty, sweet and hot. The Cole Slaw side dish was a tangy mix of crisp, fresh cabbage, that was not overly sweet or drenched in mayonnaise. The baked beans and French fries also held their own against the main fare.
Be sure to pop over for a lazy lunch in the sun or pre-order and pick up all the fixings for a party at home. All around, the food is finger licking good!
Pre-Order for up to 20 by calling 415-231-6993 and then swing by for pick up. They also cater for large groups and private events. Call: 415-255-3094.