The Everett & Jones restaurant in Hayward has become more and more erratic in their opening hours, so we are looking for a new BBQ joint to call our own. Last week we gave Saleh Smokehouse a try. It gets a B+, in my book.
We ordered a plate of links, another of beef, and another of beef and ribs. Alas, instead of ribs the last plate had links and we didn’t realize it until we came home. We’re going to have to go back and try the ribs.
I was personally happy with both the beef and the links. The beef was tender, juicy enough and not overly fatty. The links were coarse, gritty and homemade. My husband wasn’t as happy with the links, however, finding them too dry and inferior to E&J’s. He also didn’t think the BBQ sauce was as great, but I actually thought it was pretty similar to E&J’s. He was reasonably happy with the baked beans and potato salad.
Saleh Smokehouse is located inside a mini-market in East Oakland. In addition to barbecue they sell fried chicken and fish & chips, which we didn’t try. We did pick up a couple of slices of homemade cakes. I thought the German chocolate cake one was fine, but it needed more coconut flavor in the frosting. On the plus side, it wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet.
I anticipate we’ll be back
679 98th Ave
M-Sa 8 AM – 9 PM, Su 8 AM – 7 PM