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“Great BBQ”

Gracie's Family BBQ
Ranked #2 of 186 Restaurants in Vallejo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
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Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed April 12, 2012

lots of variety: ribs, links, chicken, beef. Choices of sides: slaw (my fave), potato or mac salad, corn bread, beans. Very nice patio area.

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Reviewed February 19, 2012

This place has ok barbecue and don't listen to the home town advertisements about home style barbecue. It's the best in Vallejo but not that's not saying much. The prices are stupidly high for barbecue.

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

I was lied to...if you are looking for brisket- STAY AWAY- there aint' none here!!!!

We have been craving BBQ for a few weeks now. I live in Redwood City and have yet to find a good Texas-type BBQ joint in the Bay Area. One of the problems is that no one in these parts knows how to do a good, slow-smoked brisket. Another problem is that it's difficult to find really authentic BBQ sauce. I guess California BBQ sauce is sweet.

We are visiting in Vallejo and since I have tried Earl's and can't remember it being memorable, I decided to try Gracie's Family BBQ.

Now, one of my criteria is that they have to have brisket. So, I called ahead and asked the person who answered if they had brisket, she replied, "Yes". Great, off we went to Gracie's.

We arrived to a pleasant looking restaurant that was quite busy. Good.

Staff was nice- great!

The restaurant is pretty small so we sat on the patio next to a heat lamp. The waitress explained to me that they only have (1) high chair- so this is a "family" restaurant? The high chair never came to the table.

As I was looking at the menu, I quickly scanned it for the brisket that I was craving....um...where's the brisket? Brisket? Oh where, oh where is it???? They told me on the phone there was brisket, but I don't see it. I'm sure there has to be some mistake, right? NO!

When the waitress came to our table I asked her about the brisket that I was told about, but didn't see on the table. She told me that they have Tri-tip, NOT brisket. What?1? I explained that someone told me on the phone that there was brisket. Her reply: "Well, we have tri-tip and it is basically the same thing, just a different cut of meat." Ok, well, if I ordered filet mignon and received top sirloin, I wouldn't be too happy. Would you? Yet, they are "different cuts of meat" Sheesh!

I was lied to? Come on people. I know my cuts of meat and tri-tip is no brisket. This better be some good food...

So I ordered the tri-tip plate with the green beans and macaroni salad and my husband ordered the spare ribs with the red beans and potato salad.

Let's break it down:

Tri-tip- I admit, it was flavorful- pretty good. Not medium rare, but it was good.

Spare ribs- some of the pieces were dry and tough on the outside, but some of the pieces were pretty tender and good.

Green beans- way too over cooked- soggy.

Macaroni salad- eh

Potato salad- eh

Red Beans & Rice- We were told that the beans weren't "red" but they were actually using pinto beans- I have no idea why my husband decided to order them anyways. The rice was so soggy and is this old leftover spanish rice? What the hell? Are these canned pinto beans??

Corn bread- now, I really wanted to love this. There was honey on the table, butter waiting to melt all over it, but it was pretty oily and bland. *sigh*

Sweet Tea- I was really excited for this! Darn!!!!- it was watered down. It tastes better at McDonalds- what does that tell you??

I gave it two stars- 1 for the decent spare ribs and 1 for the tri-tip.

I am not coming back.

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