We don't know if Mission Beach Cafe
's Bill Clarke and Alan Carter hold to the no-white-shoes-before-Memorial-Day rule, but they do believe the holiday marks the beginning of barbecue season. For the second year, the Mission cafe and restaurant is holding Barbecue Tuesdays
: Dinner on that day is devoted to the smoked and the grilled ― smoked pork ribs ($20), smoked and grilled tofu ($17), pulled pork ($16). Clarke and his chefs use plum, fig, and apple woods for the smoker, black tea for smoking tuna, and mesquite charcoal for their pulled pork. Given San Francisco summers, Barbecue Tuesdays run well past Labor Day through the end of October.Mission Beach Cafe
198 Guerrero (at 14th St.), 861-0198, Tues. 5:30-10 p.m.
While permanent pits like Da Pitt, Memphis Minnie's, Baby Blue's, and Big Nate's are going strong, Mission Beach is part of a larger wave of pop-up upscale barbecue in San Francisco:
Town Hall BBQ (weekday lunch)
Where: Plaza behind Town Hall restaurant, 342 Howard (at Fremont)
Good Foods Catering
Where: Alemany Farmers' Market (Saturdays) and Stonestown Market (Sundays), U.C. Berkeley basketball games, occasional events
Web: www.goodfoodsonthego.blogspot.com; Twitter: @goodfoodscaters
Where: By delivery, rumored occasional appearances; check website for times and delivery information
Web: sneakysbbq.blogspot.com/; Twitter: @sneakysbbq
Chef Ryan Ostler's permanent stint in the kitchen at Bruno's hardly qualifies as a popup, but since his roster of barbecue dishes changes so frequently (including meats and woods), we're mentioning it here:
Where: 2389 Mission (at 20th St.), 643-5200; dinner Wed.-Sat.
Web: www.brunossf.com; Twitter: @gypsy_kitchen