Sauced: A Place to Get Boozed & Porked [TGLRC #23]

SaucedSauced BBQ & Spirits
2300 First St Suite #120
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 961-1300
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Let’s say it’s a Thursday evening and you’re hungry. Like really hungry. You’re in Livermore, want to go somewhere lively, have a drink or two, maybe catch a baseball game, but most of all fulfill that animalistic hunger in your gut.

That was our situation as my wife Andrea and I drove downtown wondering where we should eat. After parking in the “garage,” it didn’t take long until a wonderful sweet smell of BBQ caught our attention. Yep, Sauced lured us in.

At #23 of The Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge, Sauced is located right smack downtown on First Street next to the Bankhead Theater. As you can see from their sign, pork and booze are their highlights – there is no arguing with that, innuendos aside.

Checking reviews on Yelp & Urbanspoon, they have what I’ll call a good “B+” rating overall. Complaints seem to be about the loud/busy atmosphere or inadequate service that appears to be to from being, well, too busy. I’ve been to Sauced several times and always enjoyed eating here. This time was no exception as we were seated right away and served quickly by a friendly and attentive waitress who took our order with an iPad on a strap.

We started with drinks. Andrea had the Mango Lemonade ($8.50) and I went for their very own Sauced Brewing Co. Dirty Little Pig IPA (24oz $8.25). Andrea’s lemonade was awesome (she was kind enough to let me taste). My IPA on the other hand left me unimpressed. After one sip I wished I had ordered something else like one of the Altamont brews they had on their 19 taps. If you’re up for the hard stuff, they also have a huge selection of whiskey (or whisky?) and southern cocktails to choose from.

Enhance

This potater is huge!

Knowing that our main course was going to be more than enough, we skipped the tempting appetizers. Andrea went for the “limited” Burnt Ends ($14.99) with Sweet Potato Casserole and Baked Beans as sides. Since I had the huge appetite, I went for the Loaded Sweet Potater with Pork ($17.99).

Andrea enjoyed her Burnt Ends which were extremely tender and had a nice sweet smoky flavor. She also noted how much she really liked the Baked Beans.

My Loaded Sweet Potater was absolutely huge and delicious. It came loaded with bacon, peppers, beans, green onions, sour cream, cheese and of course pork. The bacon was awesome, especially with its contrasting crispy crunch. My only gripe is that it was too much on the luke warm side rather than being served steaming hot like I would have expected.

I talked about large portions. Andrea couldn’t finish her meal and me, well, I could barely get through half of the potato. I was absolutely stuffed! We had enough left over to feed the both of us for lunch the next day.

If you’re thinking about dessert, you’ll want to plan ahead. When ordering I eyed the Fried Oreos for dessert. Yeah, right. There’s no room! If you tried them, let me know how they are in the comments below. They sound so good!

Sauced isn’t a cheap place to eat as you can see from the prices up above. Two drinks and two plates including tax ran us over $50. That’s not including tip. However with the quality of food, large portions and fun atmosphere we left quite satisfied with our purchase.

If you’re planning on heading to Sauced, here is my recommendation – skip breakfast, skip lunch, then head over in the early evening and start with a drink or two. Once your plate arrives you’ll have a nice buzz and enjoy one of the most scrumptious meals you’ve had in a long time. You’ll be stuffed, ready for a nap, and everyone will understand when you have to reach your hands under the table to loosen your belt a notch or two.

Have you been to Sauced? They have quite a menu and we’d love to hear about your Sauced meal experience. Tell us about it in the comments section below..

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