Meaty Events: Rib-Off at CatHead's BBQ, Korean Barbecue at Namu Gaji, Bollito Misto Returns to Poggio


The cart for bollito misto at Poggio. Photo courtesy of Poggio via Facebook.

~CATHEAD’S BBQ~ is celebrating their third anniversary on Saturday January 24th with a big party for rib lovers everywhere: the Second Annual Rib-Off from 12pm to 6pm. The event brings together competitors from all over San Francisco, including 4505 Burgers & BBQ, Southpaw, Smokestack, and Baby Blues.

You’ll get to vote on whose ribs are the best (it’s hard work but someone has to do it), and there will also be live music from the The Soft-Offs (CatHead’s house band), Toshio Hirano, and The Pot House Shindies. Plus, there will be a biscuit eating contest and raffle, beer from Fort Point Beer Co., and a portion of the proceeds will go to Saving Grace cat rescue. Tickets are $12 for general admission, which includes a beer and a raffle ticket, or $25 for all-access, which includes a rib and side from each competitor, a beer, and a raffle ticket. 1665 Mission St. at Plum, 415-861-4242.

This sounds like a special night not to miss: ~NAMU GAJI~ is hosting a night of all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue on Monday January 26th. They’ll be setting up one large communal table in the middle of the restaurant, with lots of side dishes, kimchi, and meat. You’ll find galbi, pork belly, pork ribs, and more, made with Devil’s Gulch pork and Masami beef, along with all the Hite beer you need (until they run out). There are seatings at 5:30pm and 8pm (only one ticket left for the later one, get on it!). Tickets are $74 per person, including all food, beer, and tip (tax not included).

It’s winter, and that means it’s time for the return of the bollito misto cart at ~POGGIO~. The annual tradition is based on a classic Northern Italian meat stew, and the presentation at Poggio is fun. They bring a special cart (imported from Italy) around to your table, and serve different cuts of meat tableside with a selection of sauces and condiments. Meats include brisket, oxtail, and cotechino sausage, all perfect for chilly weather. The bollito misto is available every evening at dinner from Wednesday January 21st through Monday February 2nd and costs $19 per person.