MG Review: HiLo BBQ

I have high standards when it comes to BBQ. My family on both sides is full of grillmasters, and our preferred way to celebrate almost any occasion involves firing up a grill! Since moving to the Bay Area we've made it a point to check out as many local spots as we can, so when I heard about HiLo we had to add it to the list of locations to take M.When I heard about HiLo we had to add it to the list of locations to take M., so we joined up with another family and their little one to check it out. 

The team behind HiLo are the same folks that manage Hogs & Rocks--I've only been there once on a tipsy night in the Mission (pre-baby of course), so I don't remember what I ate, but I remember it was perfect for that occasion. So the team here has already established their chops

The dining room is up a short flight of stairs (with a wheelchair ramp), so we just broke our strollers down, stashed them in a corner and carried the baby seats to our table. Right away I noticed a number of families having dinner--our babies were the smallest, but there were several kids with their parents at the communal tables that fill the center of the dining room. The whole space felt open and inviting, and of course it smelled magical.

Hubby and I are brisket fans so we immediately settled on that and the animal of the day, a combo plate that changes daily. Ours had a healthy pork chop with a peach compote, and we added a side of beans and their bread.

True to the name the menu is divided into high and low sections--the former might feature thai spice rubbed ribs, while the latter is where you'll find the more traditional BBQ meats: ribs, pulled pork, brisket, etc. They also have a serious cocktail program-I had the bajan rum punch (delicious) hubby had the wild cherry bourbon rickey, which I totally wanted to steal. Back to the food, all four of us were members of the clean plate club, mostly because everything was good, but also because the portions were a tad on the small side. The brisket came with two healthy slices, but I was hoping for 3 at $22. I know, I know, its San Francisco... but still. The beans were incredibly flavorful--I'm all about the sides with my meat and theirs did not disappoint. But the bread was weird. We all skipped it!

Hubby said HiLo's was some of the best brisket he'd ever had, incredibly high praise. I wasn't quite as sold. The food was definitely among the best BBQ I've had on the West Coast. But as I said before, I have high BBQ standards! I'll just have to go back for further convincing.

HiLo's menu changes daily and online ordering and takeout is available if the little ones aren't up for a meal out!




3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-9921

Stroller Friendly? Yes
Takes reservations? No
Changing Tables? No