Memphis Minnie’s Restaurant Review, San Francisco


Memphis Minnie's

576 Haight St (Between Fillmore and Steiner)

San Francisco, CA 94117


Memphis Minnie's Website

Memphis Minnie San Francisco Exterior decor

Memphis Minnie’s is one of the best barbecue places in San Francisco. It is located in the colorful lower Haight district. They specialize in slowly smoking meats from 4 to 18 hours over white oak logs. Memphis Minnie’s prides themselves in cooking items from scratch. They have BBQ plates, sandwiches, burgers, and even catfish. Our last visit was in April 2013.

Memphis Minnie San Francisco Interior 1

Memphis Minnie San Francisco Interior 4

All things Pig

Memphis Minnie San Francisco Interior 2

Lard is good

Decor, Vibe – Memphis Minnie’s has lots of pig paraphernalia on the walls, pretty basic tables with spools of paper towels and jugs of barbecue sauce. Mostly locals in their 20’s and 30’s were eating.

Memphis Minnie’s Menu

Memphis Minnie San Francisco Menu 1

Memphis Minnie’s has all your traditional pit smoked meat plates, along with sandwiches, a couple starters, classic side dishes, and a couple desserts. They also serve imported Sake. They also sell meat by the pound and do catering.

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Memphis Minnie’s Picks:

Memphis Minnie San Francisco BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce

Memphis Minnie has four types of barbecue sauce; Texas red sauce, a strong North Carolina vinegar sauce, South Carolina mustard sauce, and Bee lzabob’s breath spicy sauce. Their sauces are Very Good but on the watery side and not very thick. Red BBQ Sauce was very good, tangy and zesty. The mustard sauce was well done, very strong but not spicy.

Memphis Minnie San Francisco beef brisket
Beef brisket

Memphis Minnie San Francisco tri tip
Tri tip

Minne’s Taster Three way Combo ($22.95) with Memphis sweet smoked pork, Texas beef brisket (smoked 18 hours), and Santa Maria tri-tip steak. The pulled pork was tender, pulling easily as part, and full of fat, but very delectable. The medium rare thinly cut tri tip was perfect with lots of smoke flavor. The beef brisket stood out with its dark smoky flavor, Beautiful colored edge, perfectly accented with the Texas red sauce.

On our last visit we got the St Louis Style Smoked Pork ribs with this combo.  They also stood out for a nice crust and smokey flavor.

Memphis Minnie San Francisco mac and cheese

Our sides included a top-notch Minne’s macaroni and cheese which included top-notch pasta and thick cheese. Memphis Minnie’s corn muffin is very good and features a lot of honey flavor.

Memphis Minnie San Francisco BBQ Ribs

Two way Combo ($14.95) with St. Louis style smoked pork ribs and Texas Big Beef Ribs. We preferred the pork ribs, they were tender and flavorful even without sauce. The beef ribs were big but a little dry.

Our 2 sides were Deep South Sweet Potatoes and Pit Smoked Beans. The Sweet Potatoes were not too sweet and very smooth, which was just fine. The smoked beans have two types of beans and some chunks of meat, making this a rich delicious side.



We ordered food to go one-time, and it came pretty quickly. Memphis Minnie’s food is a cut above places like Armadillo Willy’s. This is a great place to go for BBQ in San Francisco. Also check out Bo’s barbecue and Everett and Jones in the East Bay, and Mack’s Smoked barbecue on the Peninsula. Be sure to check out Legendary Sausage Palace Rosamunde Sausage Grill across the street from Memphis Minnie’s.

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Memphis Minnie's Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Tu-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm. Closed Mon
Prices:$7.95 - $21.95

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