Today’s post is brought to you by one of my good friends, Stephanie Schlegel. Being from the South where there is a lot of great BBQ, I am constantly on the lookout for new places to try in the Bay Area. So, when Stephanie shared her latest discovery — Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life in San Jose — I knew I needed to make a trip ASAP and that she needed to share her experience here. What made this even more exciting is that this place was featured on one of my favorite shows – Man v. Food.
Take it away, Steph!
A month or so ago, I was lucky enough to take a trip to Austin, Texas for work. It was a fantastic work trip but left me with a unique craving, BBQ’d meat. I’m a San Franciscan by birth and haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying real BBQ before that Texas trip. I’m happy to say I found an amazing BBQ experience in the Bay Area.
My sister and I drove out to San Jose for a concert and decided to leave a little early so we could grab a quick dinner. A friend gave me a few recommendations near San Jose’s HP Pavilion, and I knew instantly that Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life was going to be a winner.
When we arrived, we grabbed a number and a few minutes later our order was taken while we hung out by the bar. With limited menu time, we both went with the obvious choice — the ribs and chicken combo. Why have one when you can have both?
My sister commented that $16 seemed pricey, but I don’t think she understood the volume of food we were going to receive. We were seated and instantly presented with a small salad and a plate of bread with BBQ dipping sauce. The bread was dripping with butter, and the sweet and tangy BBQ dipping sauce complemented it perfectly. To be honest, I was full just from the bread and salad, but the main course was still to come.
A huge plate of meat and a baked potato arrived shortly after we finished our salad. Someone in Texas told me that good BBQ stands alone and doesn’t need sauce, and the second I tasted the chicken I knew this was good BBQ. It was perfectly cooked, as were the ribs.
But the shining star of the meal was definitely the baked potato. It came with butter that was mixed with chives and perhaps just a hint of BBQ sauce, and it was the most amazing baked potato I’ve ever had. The waiter brought sour cream, but it really wasn’t necessary with butter like that.
One order would have been enough for the both of us, but we each walked away with a box of leftovers that weighed a good ten pounds or so, which happened to be a delicious lunch the next day.
We also noticed a sign reading “As Seen on Man v. Food” and had to ask about it. The host of Man v. Food, Adam Richman, visited the Hi-Life to eat the baby back ribs, you can check out a clip from that episode below.
Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life isn’t fancy, and from what I could tell didn’t have a dessert menu or offer any unique cocktails, but they have delicious food and the team working there is fast and friendly. I highly recommend checking it out if you find yourself in San Jose, just make sure to allow a little extra time if you’re attending an event at HP Pavilion — the place gets pretty packed.[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNyI8RU5cks" title="Henry%27s%20Hi%20Life"]