Where to eat Barbecue food in Salinas: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 13, 2019 Leonarda Pillsbury

Reviews on Barbecue food in Salinas, California, United States. Salinas /səˈliːnəs/ is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Salinas is an urban area located just outside the southern portion of the Greater Bay Area and 10 miles (16 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Salinas River. The population was 157,218 as of 2016. The city is located at the mouth of the Salinas Valley roughly eight miles from the Pacific Ocean and has a climate more influenced by the ocean than the hot-summer interior. The majority of residents live in single-unit detached homes, built between 1950 and 2000, while one third of the housing stock has three or more units per structure. Salinas serves as the main business, governmental and industrial center of the region. The marine climate is ideal for the floral industry, grape vineyards, and vegetable growers. Salinas is known for its vibrant and large agriculture industry and being "The Salad Bowl of the World" as the hometown of writer and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate John Steinbeck, who based several of his novels there.
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1. Salinas City BBQ

700 W Market St, Salinas, CA 93901-1460 American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +1 831-758-2227 http://www.salinascitybbq.com
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4 based on 221 reviews

Salinas City BBQ

Reviewed By Artay

After other family members had gone here and on our way back from SoCal we stopped for dinner at 7:35. The board listed that chicken and ribs were out so we tried pulled pork and brisket because they were also out of tri-tip. The pulled pork was mushy and almost all fat When we mentioned this to the server she said ”it is all like that now” Still debating about going back and currently the inclination is no. The parking is a bit of a challenge also and that should have tipped me off. I rarely write negative reviews but I need to advise my fellow diners.

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2. Prunedale Market & Deli

17515 Orchard Ln, Salinas, CA 93907-1536 Barbecue Lunch Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating +1 831-663-2083 https://www.facebook.com/PrunedaleMarketDeli/
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5 based on 21 reviews

Prunedale Market & Deli

Reviewed By Yosemitek

I have been living in Prunedale for seven years now and have seen the market from Hwy 101. After seeing it on KSBW weekend sunrise I decided I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did. First off, you walk in and get a nice cup of soup. Mine was corn chowder on a Tuesday. I asked what was good and decided on a rack of ribs and a TriTip sandwich to go. Both were excellent. The TriTip was tender and seasoned well. The ribs tender and smoky. The rack held together well but when eating the meat comes off the bone cleanly and easily. This is more evidence that the l little hole in the wall, "the dive" is where some of the best food around is found.Free soup while you wait. Very good prices, about 37.00 for a huge sandwich and a rack of ribs.We will be back!! So happy to live 3 miles away!!!

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3. Smalley's Roundup Restaurant

1190 S Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-2204 American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +1 831-758-0511 http://www.smalleysroundup.com
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3 based on 70 reviews

Smalley's Roundup Restaurant

Reviewed By RustyWater

Smalley's is good, but not as good as it use to be. The portion sizes are large, the Tri tip meal had 14 ounces, but the meat lacked a smokey flavor. The steak fries were ok, but you would expect more at a barbecue restaurant. The best item on the plate was the chili beans, but the portion is really small in a little plastic container that you would put dressing in. The salad with the meal is a basic salad with iceberg lettuce, carrots and dressing of your choice. 1/2 rack of pork ribs was a lot of food, but half the rack was cold and one end was super hot. Not sure why. I recommend getting the ribs and meat without the barbecue sauce, so you can better put on how much you like. The pork ribs lacked the smoke ring and flavor that you would expect at a good barbecue joint. The garlic bread was a disappointment, no garlic flavor. The glasses for the sofa are huge. I think so the wait staff doesn't worry about refilling them. The sherbet ice cream was a great way to end the meal. Expect to go home with food. The service tends to be fast, but we finished our soup and salad and had to wait for the entree. Then had to wait for dessert. OverallIt's a good barbecue restaurant but far from the best.

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