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Having grown up in Oakland, I’ve always had a fondness for good barbecue. Flint’s was just a stones throw away from my home and I still remember people lining up down the block for ribs, links or brisket. The meats were served on a heaping scoop of potato salad with a slice of white bread to mop up the mild, medium or, if you dared, spicy barbecue sauce.

So when MaggieRay’s opened in Alamo, I was skeptical. But after months of hemming and hawing about whether I wanted to put any place up against my standard, I decided to go ahead and try MaggieRay’s.

I went with a couple of friends to the casual (and small) restaurant for dinner. The front of the restaurant is take-out only, so we were instructed to walk around the back to get to the dining room. Not the best customer service, especially since the servers of the Mediterranean restaurant that used to be in the spot would escort patrons to the back. But I knew the way, so I didn’t say anything.

Watching as other diners receive their plates, we noticed that the serving sizes were generous, so we skipped appetizers (crab cakes, onion rings, prawns) and went right to the entrees. I decided on MaggieRay’s sliced beef brisket ($13.95), which the menu says is smoked for 12 hours. The large serving was tender and delicious and bathed in what I would call a mild barbecue sauce.

Our server brought out their spicy sauce when our entrees were served, which was good, but in the medium range. If you prefer a knock-you-over spicy sauce, sneak your own in.

Entrees come with and individually sized country corn cake, which was good, but a bit on the dry side, and two sides. I chose cole slaw, which was good, and the cooked carrots, which were sautéed with lots of garlic – just the way I like them.

My friends selected the half chicken ($12.95) and the grilled beef brisket salad ($12).  MaggieRay’s special rub not only keeps the chicken tender and juicy, it also adds amazing flavor. The salad was also good, with lots of brisket on a bed of romaine lettuce.

MaggieRay’s features a small list of very reasonable priced wines by the glass or the bottle. We shared a bottle of zinfandel for $19.

Despite a couple of service glitches, MaggieRay’s was an enjoyable experience and a good place to go when you need that barbecue fix.

Other menu items include baby back ribs, pulled pork and a fresh fish selection. Slider style sandwiches are also available and lunch-size portions are served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Find MaggieRay’s at 3206 Danville Blvd. in Alamo. Open Tuesday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 5 – 9 p.m. Take out and catering are available. For more information, visit www.maggieraysbbq.com.

Last Updated (Monday, 21 March 2011 23:36)


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