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First Bite: Sauced BBQ and Spirits Expands to Walnut Creek

The bustling hot spot is clearly worthy of its success.



Sauced BBQ and Spirits

When Sauced BBQ and Spirits first opened in a cavernous space in my hometown of Livermore, the lines were out the door and the smoked meats were sold out by sundown. This had been a head-scratcher for me, as my first bite—and my next couple visits—were a bit uneven. Not so in Walnut Creek.

My first bite at the new location—brussels sprouts with fried onions and crispy pork belly—was more mind-blowing than head-scratching. The ribs are also great, both tender and tethered to the bone, with as much straightforward smoke as the kitchen’s relatively dainty chicken wings. Our service was fast and friendly, the food almost faultless, and the atmosphere—neighborhood tavern meets industrial sports bar—should please partier and diner alike.

No matter your personality, arrive hungry—and thirsty: With dozens of taps and more whiskies than a sober man can count, even the meek should be prepared for a potentially raucous good time.

1410 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 433-5957, saucedbbqandspirits.com. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun.

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