BBQ 81 (Permanently Closed)
Falling squarely in the category of no-smoker-barbecue, 81 nevertheless has the market cornered on barbecue for North Park, being the only 'cue spot in the neighborhood. The burly mesquite grills sitting behind the restaurant do a great job of imparting a charred smokiness to the excellent tri-tip, but the rest of the meat doesn't measure up against the better barbecue spots in SD, partly because the use of mass-produced sauces and sides lends little character to the meats. The place has a great neighborhood feel, and friendly staff do
their best, but it's tri-tip or bust when all is said and done.