First Look: 4505 Burgers & BBQ Opened Saturday to Huge Lines
Ryan Farr's 4505 Burgers & BBQ opened Saturday in the former Da Pitt/Brother-in-Law's space on Divisadero Street, and we've been a couple of times to get an early taste of what's on offer. Just as they have for years, smokers waft tempting smells down the block. But now there are regular lines stretched out the building. Staff works hard slicing meats to order, and occasionally they bring a free draft pour to those waiting in line. With the long-held cult following for Farr's meats and butcher shop in the Mission and for his drool-worthy dishes at the Ferry Building Farmers Market - including that aptly named Best Damn Cheeseburger - we'd frankly go anywhere he opens up a place, especially one open all day (and until 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays).
Lines persisted throughout opening week, despite the fact that orders come out quicker than one would expect - usually no more than 10-15 minutes. The biggest disappointment? Brisket was sold out every time we popped in, and even pulled pork shoulder sold out while we waited in line one time. What's left? For barbecue fanatics, brisket and pulled pork are the two most painful cuts to see sell out. The pulled chicken is tender and good but not a fair compromise. More gratifying are meaty pork spare ribs (half rack $19.75/full rack $36.25), or plump hot or mild sausages. The best sides ($3-$6, or two with each smoked-plate dish) include frankaroni, a crispy rectangle of mac 'n' cheese dotted with 4505's gourmet hot dog and smoky baked beans. And the Best Damn Cheeseburger returns - with "grass-fed" added to its title.
The take-out window is rumored to open this Friday, May 9. We haven't yet had luck calling ahead for take-out orders and to inquire whether brisket and pulled pork are in-house before trekking over. But that will hopefully change as Farr and company staff up. One thing is clear from day one: 4505 Burgers & BBQ looks primed to be another beloved Farr institution. Now check out the slide show below for a fascinating vegetarian burger alternative, along with other highlights from the opening days.
705 Divisadero St.; 415-231-6993