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Tank House BBQ and Bar

1925 J St. (19th St.) Send to Phone
916-431-7199 | Menu
Authentic, slow-smoked barbecue in an eclectic midtown setting.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Tank House BBQ and Bar Restaurant Review

: In a cramped corner spot in the heart of midtown, Tank House --- named for the historic water tank that backs up to its patio --- is the last place one would expect to find decent barbecue. At first glance it looks like any other hipster bar, with an odd mix of décor: crystal chandeliers paired with mounted antlers, a chalkboard menu and gaudy floral wallpaper. The bar pours trendy craft brews, the servers are mustachioed and tattooed, but for some reason the place just works. The ribs were some of the best we’ve had, dry smoked with the right balance of salt and spice, the tender meat falling off the bone; the slow-smoked brisket was juicy and decadent. The “dirty tots” side --- tater tots covered in cheese sauce and smoked pork butt --- was everything one could hope for in American comfort food, and the “dirty mac,” mac ‘n’ cheese topped with smoked chicken, had just the right amount of tang. One would be remiss not to pair such a spread with one of the many locally-produced beers, or a bucket-o-Hamms for novelty's sake.

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