BBQ Pacific Region

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Q Tips, a new section lists unsolicited BBQ restaurant recommendations that showed up in my email.  Congratulations to my wife Connie for coming up with the name. Q Tips.  

Our neighbors to the north also enjoy BBQ 


 Wawona Hotel (July 2011)

9002 Village Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA
(209) 375-6556

BBQ is offered at this excellent hotel, but only once a week, and only during summers. You can enjoy an old-fashioned summer BBQ on the lawn on Saturday nights. For $25, you get a wrist band and all -you-can-eat ribs, steaks, chicken, fish, and burgers.

The Wawona is an American historic hotel, with lots of memorabilia. The hotel is an excellent venue for guests who are interested in the past. The grounds, hotel lounge, and dining room are beautifully kept. The wraparound porches and Adirondack chairs are great for relaxing with a drink after a long day of hiking.

Each morning the flag is raised by the hotel staff. The morning that I watched, the ranger blew taps on a bugle. Very Americana.

The BBQ: real charcoal grills with real meat! Plenty of sauce, fall-off-the-bone pork BBQ ribs were definitely worth the price.

The steaks were a tad overcooked, but also delicious. Cole slaw, watermelon, potato salad (with fresh dill!), and traditional salad fixings were excellent additions to the BBQ abundance.

Bring your own beer or bottle of wine, and enjoy the BBQ on the beautiful lawn on Saturdays from 5pm to 8pm. Round tables are set up with plenty of seating for all.

Thanks to Barrie Byron for this review. It sounds wonderful…


Vicky’s Filipino Cafe
Hotel St.
Honolulu , HI

Obviously not a BBQ restaurant but too good to pass up. (Besides, it’s my list.)

A Filipino cafeteria in the group of Asian restaurants and noodle shops on Hotel St. in downtown Honolulu . I was the only non-Asian in the place, which took the staff and other diners by surprise. But the cooks were great and gave me a detailed explanation, sometimes more detailed than I wanted, of all the different dishes. I had adobo, some sort of beef with gravy, and rice, all of which, even the rice, were great. They also served balut (hard-boiled duck eggs with the embryo) which I skipped for obvious reasons but took as a sign that this was the real thing.

Overall rating – If you don’t mind being an object of curiosity and some giggling by the staff and the other customers, then the place gets an Excellent.

Molly’s Smokehouse 

23 S Kamehameha Hwy
Wahiawa, Central Oahu
Open Daily 11am – 9pm

Molly’s Smokehouse – Texas-Style BBQ in Wahiawa – My favorite BBQ restaurant on Hawaii (Oahu).

Thanks to Pavel Peroutka for this recommendation