The SF BBQ Rib Throwdown
Where: Coffee Bar, 1890 Bryant (at Mariposa), 551-8100
When: Sunday, July 3, 4-7:30 p.m.
The rundown: It's the 4th of July weekend, when many a young one's fancy turns to thoughts of meat and beer. This Sunday you can skip your buddy's private BBQ with the overcooked meat pucks and Natty Light in favor of a rib throwdown featuring four powerhouse contenders from both sides of the bay. Starting at 4 p.m., Good Foods Catering, Cathead's BBQ, the Jetset Chef, and Gator's Back Porch BBQ will go head-to-head, vying for that sauce-slicked rib crown. Your $20 admission gets you four samples of ribs, four side dishes, one Lagunitas or glass of wine, and a chance to vote. It's practically your patriotic duty.