Armadillo Willy’s Restaurant Review
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2260 Bridgepoint Parkway
Foster City, CA 94404
Armadillo Willys is a local BBQ restaurant with 8 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was started in 1988 and offers ‘real Texas barbecue’ cooked over a wood fire. We were in the shopping center and decided to give it another try so we could more fairly gauge other BBQ restaurants. We visited the Foster City location.
Decor, Vibe – Big colorful murals on the wall, along with flat screen TVs showing sports. Lots of families and groups eating here.
Famous BBQ Sauce
Their barbecue sauce taste like tomato sauce with a bit of sugar, vinegar, and a little zesty in it. Pretty marginal stuff.
They have a pretty extensive menu with salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and BBQ. There are combination and special deals on most days.
OK: (Order only if you really like this dish)
2 way combo with Sweet Willy’s Wet Ribs and Memphis pulled pork ($15.95) included a good portion of meaty ribs cooked in their sauce. The ribs were average, utilized normal meat, and not very tender. Pulled pork was very smoky and dry. BBQ Sauce is now warmed up for folks. Beans had meat bits yet were still bland. Toast was not very crunchy or buttery.
The 3-Way Combo (Texas BBQ Ribs, 1/4 Chicken, & Brisket) ($18.95) came with Beef Brisket and 2 sides (Green Salad and Willy’s Chili Beans) It was a good sized platter with a fair amount of each item. The ribs were fine but did not taste like high quality beef. Had to eat them with BBQ sauce to make them acceptable.
The brisket and chicken were pretty dry, necessitating drowning them in BBQ sauce. The salad was average, but the pinto beans tasted lukewarm and not very good. The Texas toast was good, wish there was more.
Kids BBQ Texas Ribs ($4.95) comes with 3 ribs, fries, and a soda. Pretty good deal. Same ribs the adults get. On our last visit we only got 2 ribs.
Not much service, you have to get your silverware, drinks, and you get your food yourself, when the buzzer rings. The food is average at best. It wouldn’t be hard to find a better BBQ place, try Mack’s smoked barbecue in San Carlos, Memphis Mini’s in San Francisco or Everett and Jones in Oakland.
As we emerged from Armadillo Willys, we realized that our clothes now smelled like we’d been to a BBQ joint. AAA members get a discount, so flash your card.
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