And with that, brothers Brett (a classically trained chef) and Nate (“front of the house”) Neibergall closed up their San Francisco restaurant, Frisee, and set up culinary shop in a food truck. It’s less glamorous, yes, but the food is damn tasty and reaching much more of the masses.
These Texas born, Carolinas-raised boys know their BBQ. But getting Southern Sandwich Co. up and running, as all food truck vendors know, has been a challenge. The permits, repairs, and inspections to get their business going in San Francisco has been never-ending. Which is why they decided to drive down to Redwood City to give their business a test run.
Their BBQ is distinctive in that the preparation and ingredients are gourmet, indeed. The quality is evident and the flavors are very specific to their background.
The Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich is tangy, vinegary and distinctively spiced. I LOVE a tangy BBQ much more than a sweet sauce, so I was loving this. And just like they do in the Carolinas, they threw some coleslaw onto the sandwich. The added tang, freshness and crunch was perfect for this gourmet BBQ.
The Texas-style Beef Brisket had a lot going for it too. The meat was tender, juicy, perfectly pink and had a nice smoky blackened crust and melt in your mouth buttery fat. The meat-lover in me was in heaven. Smoky caramelized onions rounded out the sandwich perfectly.
Add to that some spicy, peppery macaroni salad and some pork and beans (serious meat is in these beans and they’re fantastic), and you’ve got a sandwich and two sides for 8 bucks. And trust me, you won’t be left hungry.
I know these guys have their sights set on San Francisco (they’re already at Off the Grid in Fort Mason every Friday), but I REALLY hope they stay true to Redwood City at least once a week. This is going to become an addiction, I can tell.
And by the way, the pork and beans are Brett’s favorite. “They’re made with love,” he says, and you can taste it.
Southern Sandwich Co. – @southrnsandwich for daily location updates – www.southernsandwich.com