The barbecue here is tangy, even the mild version of its barbecue sauce has a pleasingly assertive bite, though it is nothing compared to the ... More
The barbecue here is tangy, even the mild version of its barbecue sauce has a pleasingly assertive bite, though it is nothing compared to the five-alarm hot version. This bare-bones place has been around for years in the East Bay and its Bay Area-wide fans keep the place hopping. Your choice of meats here includes beef, chicken, ribs, and sausage links smothered in your choice of sauce. There is not much else on the menu save a few sides of cornbread, coleslaw and such. The wait staff can be a bit brusque, just remember that the barbecue is divine. Payment is in cash only.
fine folks, excellent eats, good value. high quality meats, which are never overcooked and the usual choice of sauces and sides.
word about the sauces, they are the typical "mild", "medium" and "hot". I find many (most?) BBQ places come up with one excellent sauce, then reduce or increase the pepper to make the above-mentioned usual trio. However, at Flint's, each sauce recipe has been finessed and the seasoning caressed to a uniquely fine and tasty balance for your smoky, yummy meat selection.
N.B., depending on the location you choose, no seating or just a couple crowded tiny tables.
"Old School" barbecue -- there's nothing like it.
After so much pleasure in the '80s I was bummed out when I got back to the Bay Area in '05 and Flints was closed. Fortunately they re-opened (Spring '06?).
This place is still the best -- same family, same quality and the value is unbelievable, especially for barbecue which is frequently expensive.
First and foremost, there's the sauce -- dark, rich, strong evidence of Oklahoma hickory, offered in mild medium and hot.
Second, there are the meats -- beef ribs, pork ribs, links, chicken and sliced beef. All are tender and delicious. The links have a special flavor and texture.
Third, there are the prices. A four-way sampler for just under $20 is a great deal, particularly for a couple or an office lunch. Beans and potato salad are included, along with 2 slices of bread.
Fourth is the family. Nice folks. Lots of warmth. When I go someplace, I want to feel an honest welcome. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to a friend with sheltered suburban-itis who might never have had "real" barbecue before. This place is authentic AND safe for beginners.
Flint's is an East Bay tradition. If you have a weakness for "old school" barbecue, you won't want to miss out.
This resturant has been closed for quite some time. Try going to Memphis Minnie's in San Francisco for good food. Evertt & Jones is better for lunch than dinner. The food is okay, but not worth waiting for.