| “ I've been going to E&J for a long time, even before they had their Jack London Square outlet. The Berkeley branch has never been particularly good compared to their competitors. But the Oakland branch was promising and years ago it was quite good, and the decor (random furniture, bell jars for drinks, etc.) was funky and fun. A few years ago they had some major problems with slow service and bad food (BBQ was undercooked and rubbery). It seemed they had turned things around, but my family and I just had our last meal there. The service has gotten terrible again, slow and unapologetic, and the ribs are back to undercooked and rubbery. It's a shame. because they used to be really good. I suppose their popularity has made them complacent. If you want good BBQ you can try Doug's in Oakland or KC's in Berkeley.
But avoid E&J unless you really love the decor and don't mind mediocre food and slow, indifferent service.