4505 Burgers & BBQ: All the Brisket!

Thursday night Hulk and I went to a new-to-me barbecue place just a couple blocks from Alamo Square called 4505 Burgers and BBQ. I had heard through the foodie grapevine that this place is the place to go for some serious barbecue. Spoiler alert: they did not disappoint.


There is always a line out the door, so it took us about 20-30 minutes to place our order at the counter. Long lines are always a good sign.


They were pretty busy, but I have no idea if it was just a busy night or if it was normal. Fortunately, they weren’t sold out yet, so maybe it was the normal crowd.



I couldn’t decide what I wanted, so I went with the 2-meat plate with brisket and chicken with cole slaw and potato salad as sides.


Oh yeah, it was dark by the time we sat down on the patio.

That chicken was easily the best barbecue chicken I’ve ever had. It was so juicy and completely the opposite of dry (I say that only because I know folks can get squeamish about the word “moist.” It was moist). The brisket lived way up to expectations. It was so flavorful, and I didn’t need to add any sauce to it to go to town on it. Honestly, the only thing I was disappointed about was the cole slaw. I did not like it at all. I took maybe two bites and decided my appetite was needed elsewhere. I guess I’m just used to the sweet, mayo-based cole slaw. This slaw was mayo based, but had a bunch of herbs instead of the sweet. I tried to accept it for what it was, but I guess I was really looking forward to a classic cole slaw flavor. But who goes to a barbecue place for the cole slaw? I’m told that the baked beans are a home run, so next time I’ll do that instead.

I’ve also heard good things about the 4505 Meats butcher shop. They specialize in “happy” animals from local farms. They work with the farmers directly and make sure the animals are humanely raised, which is really awesome. Once I have a barbecue again I’m totally getting some of their meat for a grillin’ party.

What cool new-to-you places have you discovered recently?