Golden Gate Park Golf Course
Cross: Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
House plates $12
4, 2007 | SAN FRANCISCO I am so not a golfer. But I can definitely appreciate the charms
of having a Memphis-style BBQ lunch outside, overlooking a nice
green in the middle of Golden Gate Park. With an ice-cold Anchor
Steam beer. Yeah, not too shabby.
next time it’s a sunny day and you’re craving
a little in-city escape, ~IRONWOOD BBQ~ is a
fun little adventure—just pull off 47th Street into Golden
Gate Park and soon enough you’ll see it. Order inside,
and then grab a table on the outdoor patio and watch the golfers
whack away while you get messy with some ribs. It’s a downright
peaceful setting, with lots of fresh air.
BBQ smoker they use here is pretty serious: there are only
three John Willingham Wham Turbo BBQ Pits on the West Coast,
and Bill Gates owns of ‘em. (There’s more about
the pit on the site
for you BBQ-phreeks.) At Ironwood, they dry rub pork roast, beef
brisket, ribs, and chicken, then refrigerate the meat overnight
so the seasoning can permeate, and then slow cook everything
with pure oak wood the next day.
can get baby back ribs (1/2 rack for $13/full rack for $22),
or there are the house plates ($12), with your choice of a
1/2 pound of either pulled pork, chicken, or beef brisket with
two sides, like scalloped potatoes, baked beans, or cole slaw.
My friend and I particularly liked the tasty BBQ sauce they
make with Anchor Steam beer. All the sides are made fresh daily,
and while they weren’t the best scalloped potatoes I’ve
ever had, I appreciated the home-cooked touch. There are also
some house-baked goods, like muffins and dessert for those of
you with a sweet tooth.
Bruce Olsen is a really friendly guy, in fact everyone here
is. Bruce mentioned they will be enclosing the patio in the
winter, so even on a chilly day, if the mood for some ‘cue
strikes, you’ll be able to eat outside comfortably. And
kudos to them for using biodegradable silverware and recycled
plates. Get those napkins ready!