Best Hidden Barbecue - 2012
Hyde Away Blues BBQ
Slow-cooked meat is the new sinful speakeasy, and not just because the jambalaya, pulled pork, and other smoked-out tastes that a stalwart like Hyde Away's Lil May whips up are served in a tiny storefront with room for 'cue and not much else. The creators of this New Orleans creole/Cajun flavor care nothing for your fussy Nor Cal foodie peccadillos, and neither will you after a taste of the ribs, the red beans and rice, or the mac and cheese (which may receive a small dose of heat in a — gasp! — microwave). The menu shifts from day-to-day, but May is consistently cooking up something else to enthrall you, like jerk mango chicken or another sweet-and-smoky turkey. Do not eat while operating heavy machinery.