The Other Critics

Smokehouse Takes Two Stars; CODA Brings the Bop

Photo: Courtesy BBQ Smokehouse

• Guest writer Carey Sweet files a two-star review of Sabastopol’s BBQ Smokehouse, the parking-lot stand from Stanford Court vet Larry Vito. “At his Sebastopol venture, the workhorse is an enormous industrial smoker parked outside a tiny kitchen” cranking out chicken, ribs, andouille, brisket, and pulled pork. [SF Chronicle]

• Paul Reidinger has a report on the new-ish Jannah in the Western Addition, with its unique falafel: “The batter is worked into a small disk ($5) and, like a pizza, topped with a tasty Mediterranean mélange of eggplant, roasted red-bell pepper, scallions, red onions, shiitake mushrooms, diced tomatoes, and feta and goat cheeses.” [SFBG]

• Matthew Stafford pinch-hits for Meredith Brody, visiting the new CODA jazz club, in the Mission. “Six nights a week, this friendly and attractive hangout features live bop, bossa nova, Afro-Cuban, and modern jazz with an occasional hint of tango, funk, R&B;, and hip-hop — not to mention food, drink, and that irresistibly Copa Room “dinner and a show” ambience.” [SF Weekly]

Smokehouse Takes Two Stars; CODA Brings the Bop