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Jul 19, 2006 07:08 PM

Lucilles BBQ? not that great.

with the urging of my brother on his bday, he said we had to go to Lucilles BBQ in torrance. went there and it wasnt all that in my it just me or do you guys think this place is overrated? the ribs were "OK". the tri tip was horrible. although the bbq pork chops were good. but who goes to a rib joint for pork chops?? haha. anyways i just wanted to see if others agreed that this place is overrated. i personally would rather go to WoodRanch BBQ ( there is one at the grove).

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  1. Lucille's is too clean to have good BBQ. this will come across as far too insulting, but this is sort of the TGI Friday's version of BBQ. I say that because the restaurant has clearly been designed by a restaurant consultant, the kitchen is clearly working with formulas, and Lucille hasn't stepped foot in the place in years. That's never a good sign for BBQ.

    Check out Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln Blvd in Venice. Much better and cheaper BBQ. of course, it is still nothing like the bbq that you can find in South Carolina and other places like that, but we have to make the most with what we've got.

    1. Baby Blues is terrible BBQ. Rude service, high prices, and terrible food.

      To say they are cheaper than Lucille's is wrong. They are about the same price and Lucille's gives you more food.

      1. I won't even start with Baby Blues, they might ban me for life !
        Try J&J Burger shack & BBQ on Adams, 2 blocks east of Fairfax or
        Woody's on Slauson near Crenshaw or
        Phillips in Leimert Park or
        Dr. Hogly Wogly for brisket, on Sepulveda near Roscoe in the Valley

        1. I went to the Lucille's ONCE in Brea, and never returned (and I love BBQ). The sides were bad (biggest clue), and so were the ribs. Of course, there was a line...

          1. Lucille's and Baby Blues are both overated . I won't go back
            to either . There is much better around .

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            1. re: nyneal

              just tried the baby back ribs at lucille's bbq for the first time over the weekend.

              * smoky, moist, fall off the bone ribs
              * option of sweet or spicy bbq sauce
              * clean tables, floors & bathrooms

              * cost - $25 for a full rack is the most i've ever paid for bbq

              1. re: summerteeth

                Sheesh! I thought I was the only one that thought this place was WAY over priced for pretty bad food. Not to mention I hate waiting an hour for bad food..grrrr!

                1. re: summerteeth

                  My fiancee and I tried Lucille's about 8 months ago when a friend of ours wanted to have his birthday dinner there. At least on that night, the ribs were anything but "fall off the bone", they were really more "wrestle off the bone". They tasted pretty good, but as my fiancee described it after our dinner, "My mouth tastes like I just ate a stick of salted butter."

                  On top of that, the service we had was abysmal, with a number of orders being wrong and the wait staff appearing to become increasingly angry with us when someone would point out that what they got was not what they ordered. They also didn't seem to happy when we asked where one of the orders was when one of the people at our table hadn't gotten his food a good 20 minutes after the rest of us did. This was at the Torrance location.

                2. re: nyneal

                  Are we reviving a year old thread?

                  I personally like Lucille's food. I go to the one in Brea & have always had good-great service and really good food.

                  Never had the pork chops--always the ribs and/or chicken which have been tender and flavourful. The sides have been good too--though the greens can be a bit salty.

                  1. re: OCAnn

                    Though we've never been to any of the restaurants, we've been to three parties catered by the Brea one, and while I wouldn't call any of the food stunning it was pretty good. We'd probably not go there unless we happened to be in the neighborhood, but we do have them on our shortlist of possible caterers.

                    1. re: OCAnn

                      I'm in the minority too as I like Lucille's. I usually get the beef ribs and tri tip. I've never had a bad mean there. Yes, a little overpriced compared to other places but the amount of food that they give you seems to make up for it. One of the things I like is that their sauce is not cloyingly sweet. I also go to the one in Brea.

                      1. re: OCAnn

                        I like Lucille's. I almost always go for the combo with pulled pork and baby ribs dry. I use the spicy bbq sauce at the table to dip the meat in. That works for me, so I've never really tried anything else there.

                        1. re: OCAnn

                          No, I like it too, though we've never been to the one in Brea -- we usually end up meeting people from the Valley "halfway" at Torrance.

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                            I agree we enjoy Lucille's we frequent the one in Brea.
                            Sometimes when I meet the family 1/2 way we go to the Long Beach location the one off the 605 & Carson. That one is our half way point for the RB people & us.

                            We've been going to Lucile's since 2000. Never had a bad meal. We usually get the family style meals with the pork ribs, tri tips & the BBQ chicken. IMHO all the sides have been great! The only down side is the wait

                            1. re: Cinnabon

                              I like it too. DH and I go the one in Long Beach, and there I have had the only BBQ beef ribs that I thought were worth eating. We haven't been for a while, but were very pleased when we ate there last.

                              1. re: Cinnabon

                                This is so funny to me....everyone has their own Lucile's story and it seems to be that most are good. (If the lines are any indicator, although there are crazy lines for Claim Jumper, Outback, Chili's) I have done take out twice and dine in once, all from the Long Beach location and I am always left not just flat but not at all interested in even coming close to finishing my meal. This must be one of those crazy hit and miss kind of deals. For full disclosure, my husband and I are great BBQers and we have spent some time in the south eating our way through regional BBQ so our standards might be a bit too high.