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680 Eats Presents: Best Barbecued Ribs

With the weather getting warmer, we're craving messy, tangy, spicy, drippy, sweet eats.

With the weather so springish lately, we're already starting to crave summertime food like barbecued ribs.

In the second of a series of three posts highlighting restaurants along the I-680/24 area, we asked our local food friends to share a list of their favorite places for ribs. (Related story: Best Food and Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day.)

And, just for fun, we're throwing in a trivia question. The first five commenters who post the correct answer on Patch will win a $25 gift card to Martini Sky.

Here's the list, and if you have other suggestions, tell us in the comments below.

The Original Hick'ry Pit, Walnut Creek. Everyone loves the Hick'ry Pit. With its St. Louis cut ribs, it's an institution. Does anyone remember the pink pigs that were everywhere? And here's our trivia question: What was the name of the manager/hostess with the beehive hair who wore mountains of jewelry? Post your answer in the comments below and you might win a gift card to Martini Sky.

Back Forty Texas Barbecue, Pleasant Hill. This restaurant has won multiple competitions from around the country and is known for its stellar catering service that brings yummy ribs and all the fixin's to your door.

McCoveys, Walnut Creek, has the closest thing out West to Houston-style ribs that fall off the bone, hickory smoked, original rub and topped with an amazing barbecue sauce.

Bo's BBQ, Lafayette. Bo and his wife give this place personality and have turned this restaurant into a landmark in Lafayette. With a lot of meat on the bone and a great beer selection, Bo's is a tasty East Bay option.

Martini Sky, Danville, is the newest place on the block and has received rave reviews for its Asian-style ribs with lemongrass sauce. The dish is the restaurant's No. 1 seller.

Do you agree? Do you have other go-to spots for good ribs? Tell us in the comments below.

tommy tankka March 04, 2013 at 05:39 AM
not enough flavor.
Brett Stewart March 05, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I'm pretty sure her name was Grace.
Just A Mom March 06, 2013 at 04:57 PM
If you live in Pleasant Hill, there is a Dickey's there as well ... in the Oak Creek Center on Pleasant Hill Road. I presume the taste would be the same/similar.
Kari Hulac March 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Thanks for your patience on the contest, readers. Yes, indeed, the well jeweled hostess was Grace! Just a Mom (thanks for your cute story), Tom, Ben, Kimba and Brett, please email your full name and address to kari@patch.com so we can mail you your gift card to Martini Sky.
Stella March 26, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Dickeys should be on here (Pleasant Hil), best ribs!

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