Monday, November 14, 2011

Double D Saga Continues

By Jesse Hirsch
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Last week I finally got word back on Double D BBQ, adding a new wrinkle to the ongoing saga (yes, it's been upgraded from mystery to saga). If you recall, I’ve made multiple visits to this mythical joint during apparent business hours, only to find the doors locked, the lights on, and the smoker in chains. Writing about it allowed me to vent, but what I really wanted was to smoke the owner out of seclusion.

On Friday, a woman named Wanda Ng e-mailed to say that proprietor Duane Orr has been forced to cut his hours back to Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., due to nearby road construction. She also said that sometimes he sells out due to catering orders, so prospective customers would do well to call ahead. Sounds reasonable, except that my first two visits were a Wednesday and a Thursday at around noon, presumably too early for Double D to have sold out. Also, road construction didn’t stop hordes of hungry dudes from marauding the parking lot.

I was briefly elated when I got Ng’s e-mail and called Double D right away. Alas, I got their voicemail, which I can recite from memory at this point.

More hopeful was an e-mail from community booster Evan Rose on Saturday, a direct report from the front lines. Rose had eaten some Double D chicken that afternoon, and said that if I rushed over I might be able to score my own. By the time I got the e-mail, it was too late.

However, this gives me hope. I might have thought Rose was just pranking me, except (in a display of true heroism) he snagged me a bottle of Double D’s signature sauce. He also provided a few more nuggets of info, like that Orr has stopped making ribs because of skyrocketing wholesale prices, and that a hip-hop group called the Newlyweds just filmed a video in the Double D parking lot.

I feel like I’m honing in on my smoky prey. Stay tuned.

Comments? Tips? Get in touch at Jesse.Hirsch@EastBayExpress.com, or follow me on Twitter @Jesse_Hirsch.

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