"Never has barbecue been so popular in San Francisco — and never has there been so little of it," explained Memphis Minnie's founder Bob Kantor in a recent interview with Haighteration. And he's right. What with the local food sect's sometimes refreshing, often stupid lockjaw on the latest food fad (we hear that Eastern European is the thing that should be passing through your gastrointestinal tract these days), or anything served under the warm glow of an Edison bulb for that matter, this city tends to relish eschewing food trends that really aren't trends at all. Like barbecue.
Tomorrow, September 11, Haight Street barbecue staple Memphis Minnie's celebrates 12 years making the Lower Haight a sweet and savory place where the south rises again on Tuesdays - Sundays from 11 am - 10 pm. Furthermore, they've been serving the community good grub for shockingly reasonable prices. Kantor goes on to explain, "The cost to produce all my food has tripled in the past 12 years, though my prices have not. The vendors and producers control everything, and I would hate to see it get to the point where we have independent restaurants for the wealthy and corporate chains for the rest of us."
True words, Bob — true, haunting words.
Be sure to read the interview with Kantor in its entirety. Then tomorrow, by all means, head over to Haight Street for some sticky meat and a glass of imported sake.
Memphis Minnie's: 576 Haight (between Fillmore), SF, 415-864-7675