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.

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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.

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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.

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COOK ALL THE MEAT.

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.

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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?

Weekend Recap: Not Bad

Hello and good morning! I trust your weekend was an appropriate blend of refreshing and productive. I enjoyed some family time being back at home for a change.

We started Saturday out with lunch at La Boulange. I grabbed my latte to go so we could let Squish run around Yerba Buena Gardens for a bit.

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It’s impossible to get a good picture of Squish these days.

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RUNANDJUMPANDDESTROYALLTHINGS

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This was what I got when I asked him to “smile!”

Then we lounged around all afternoon. I was feeling really out of it. I had trouble sleeping Friday night, so I decided to pop a Unisom. Then I woke up with the biggest “Unisom hangover,” where I’m done sleeping but my brain is incredibly foggy and all my muscles are noodle-y. So I was pretty much useless. Fortunately, Amanda came over to visit and put the new window markers Squish received as a gift to good use.

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We had a super early dinner at Super Duper Burger.

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And then we watched Disney movies. This is how we roll in the big city, I tell you.

Sunday I went to the San Francisco Women’s Expo with my friend Katie, and scored a skincare assessment and massage at the Massage Envy booth! More on that in another post, I’m still putting together my review! But spoiler alert: it was awesome and I absolutely want to go back next year!

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Chaos at the Expo!

Then we went house hunting all afternoon. We saw six houses (!!) and even found a couple of winners! We might put an offer on one this week, but there’s another showing Tuesday for another house that we are interested in. Hulk’s going to catch that one while I’m at work, and we’ll see what comes of that. House hunting = a roller coaster of excitement.

After all that excitement, we checked out a new-to-me restaurant in Bernal Heights, Precia Park Cafe.

I ordered some appetizer I can’t remember the name of. Brosecca? It was layers of mozzarella, pesto, figs, some other really good stuff, and arugula that you spread on dark, crusty bread. Mmm.

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I also had a small mixed greens salad.

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And the main point of awesomeness, margarita pizza!

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Not a bad weekend.

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That’s all for now. I’ll be back later with my review of the San Francisco Women’s Expo. Go make it a great day!

Over the Weekend

Good morning!

I prepared a baby update over the weekend, but I haven’t finished it yet. I hope I can knock it off before the baby comes. Ha.

Over the weekend, Squish learned how to steam milk with the frother. We now have another latte addict in the family.

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Bringing back the milk ‘stache.

Over the weekend Hulk and I went to some open houses to start getting a feel for the housing market in SF. We saw a couple of cute ones, but none that won us over. I remember that house hunting took nearly a year the first time we bought a house, so I’m just enjoying the process of looking and dreaming. Our lease is up in December, so we’ll probably move to a cheaper apartment in the city while we continue to house hunt. Of course, the lease is up AFTER my due date. You know, because nothing is more practical or fun than moving with an infant.

Over the weekend we went to a cool new brunch spot that just opened in SOMA called The Pink Elephant. Their deal is a do-it-yourself bottomless mimosa bar. They had an assortment of freshly squeezed juices like watermelon, mango, honeydew, and raspberry lemonade. The food was pretty good and the service really friendly and accommodating. The best part was the ambiance and vibe. It had a real hipster-y, alternative feel with great music and decor, fitting to start off some Sunday Funday action. The pricing was a bit more than I would be comfortable with to go there as a habit ($15 for entrees, $19 for the mimosa bar) but I can see us going back with friends visiting from out of town or special occasions that require more than one mimosa.

Over the weekend, I also took naps. All the naps #bringingnapback. Hulk would bring Squish down to the pool and I would pass out in the sweet relief of having the apartment to myself for a couple hours. Pregnancy + full time job with commute + toddler mommy is exhausting.

What did you do over the weekend?