Cheap Eats: Rubs BBQ Bistro
Build your own tasty BBQ sliders, wrap, salad or bowl!
Danville resident Hans van Oosterwijk’s first foray into restaurants combines down-home barbecue with a Chipotle-esque ordering system. You choose the dish (slider, wrap, salad, or bowl), the meat (pulled pork, chopped chicken, mesquite-java chicken, or Texas beef), the toppings (pickles, onion, black beans, corn, or lettuce), and finally the sauce (four types of BBQ sauce, plus ranch dressing).
The Best Part: The price never goes north of $7.50.
Our Fave: The pulled pork sliders with bread-and-butter pickles, with just a light dollop of tangy mustard BBQ sauce ($6.50).
To Sauce Or Not To Sauce: The emphasis at Rubs, as the name suggests, is on the dry rubs used to season meats that are slow cooked over coals. We suggest getting the sauce on the side in order to better taste that rub flavor.
Serious Sides: Sides are cheap ($1.65) but filling, including über-rich baked beans and bacon, and fried corn on the cob.
164 Marketplace, San Ramon, (925) 244-1727, rubsbbq.com. Lunch and dinner daily.