1665 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
I've wanted to go to Memphis Minnie's in San Francisco for years, but something has always come up. Finally I was going to San Francisco for the Emeral Bowld and I made a point of getting in early so that I could finally eat there. And they were closed for the week. The whole restaurant was closed for the week. ("The whole store got the flu.") So I went to Big Nate's.
I never saw Nate Thurmond play - he retired the year before I was born - but I certainly have heard my dad say what a great player he was, and that Kareen always called Nate the toughest defender he ever faced. So I wanted to like the place. But it just wasn't good.
The frustrating this is, it seems like the place could be good, with only a little effort. They got the hard stuff right - I ordered a "Memphis Pork Sandwich" and it came on a perfect soft bun. The pork had smoke ring on it and was moist. But scattered througout the pork were large pieces of fat. I probably picked out 7 of them, each the size of a dime. And, most unforgiveably, the sandwich was drenched in one of the worst barbecue sauces I have ever tasted. It tasted like thick terriyaki sauce with honey. I have never been served a sauce like that with barbecue.
"Authentic Southern BBQ is hard to find on the West Coast" it says on Big Nate's website. That is definitely true.