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Aug 28, 2006 05:27 AM

Ribs at Lozano's Car Wash in Mountain View

Was getting my car washed this afternoon down in Mountain View, and noticed that there's a guy selling bbq ribs and chicken in the parking lot. I was on my way somewhere, so couldn't really get anything to try out. Talked to him a little, he apparently does catering also, but he said he was booked through November 2007! I told him I'd try it out next time I'm in the area - has anyone else tried anything here? I found one passing reference in the archives, but nothing more . . .

Interesting car wash, they have free popcorn and lemonade, and there's a taco truck (which I also didn't try) on the other side of the lot.

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  1. Taco truck is just ok, not on the level of Rico's and the rest on Middlefield in Redwood City. Re the "rib guy" ... I guess I am instantly skeptical when a caterer operating out of a carwash says he is booked up for the next year ... well, maybe it's just me.

    1. I've been to Lozano's and checked out what the rib guy was offering. Didn't look or smell like good Q to me. Guess I'll stick with Lil' Biscuit House in San Mateo for now.

      By the way, for a better car wash without the side show, try any of the Ducky's chain. You can get a $4.00 discount coupon at their website. It's still a bit more than Lozano's, but a great value... and the cleanest restrooms you will find at any car wash!

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        1. Hmm, my first response was deleted, so let me try again with more detail. In short, the ribs (available Fri, Sat and Sun) are delicious. In long, here is the story (previously posted at my blog):

          I do admit that baby back ribs and a coupon wash is an odd combination, but when you learn a little more about Harold it all makes sense. As a teenager, Harold worked for the Lozano family. After a stint in the military, he managed Lozano’s car wash for 16 years before running the meat department at the mid-town Safeway for another 20. Now retired, Harold can be found at his shoeshine stand at Lozano’s weekdays or working for his church. But, a constant all these years has been Harold’s pursuit of the perfect BBQ.

          When he was at Safeway, his ribs developed quite a reputation. I remember having them more than a decade ago and being disappointed a few years back when Harold retired. So, I was delighted to stop by for a car wash one weekend afternoon and see Harold cooking in front of his grills.

          Harold’s BBQ is a dry, Kansas City style. There is no dripping sauce to get on your shirt or overwhelm the flavor of the pork. However, his masterful technique insures that there is plenty of sweet, juicy goodness locked in.

          He sells his ribs hot off the grill in full ($20) or half ($11) slab quantities, and he is happy to slice them for immediate consumption. Harold cooks each Friday, Saturday and Sunday it isn’t raining, and he usually sells out by early afternoon. Go early on big sporting event days, and buy a little more than you think you will need. Everybody loves Harold’s ribs!

          a picture accompanies my post at:

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          1. re: onecoolthing

            How about an address or cross streets?

            1. re: Mick Ruthven

              From the link -
              Harold’s Ribs at Lozano’s Car Wash: 2690 El Camino Real, Mountain View,CA (650) 941-0590

          2. The ribs at lil biscuit are great. I prefer there chicken fried steak and mash taters.