Ribs in or near hollywood
I haven't made it past the pulled pork and sweet potato fries to sample the ribs at Zeke's.
When people speak of ribs, its usually pork. But, the last ribs I ate were big, tasty, meaty-meat beef ribs at Wood Ranch BBQ at The Grove. It was only once, over one year ago, so I cannot vouch for consistency, but that night they were finger-lickin-good. Actually, if memory serves, I had the combo and the chicken was quite good, too.
189 The Grove Drive, Y-80
Wood Ranch has pretty reliable ribs, certainly, but oddly enough their Agoura Hills location is better. Eaten at both plenty of times (toggling between home and office).
My problem with them, though, is that they don't char the outside enough. Their sauce is tasty, but sometimes I just want a hint of char when I'm gnawing into the ribs. Mmmm, carcinogens taste so good...
I like Zeke's but ribs to me are mostly just texture and sauce, I think they have it right for the most part. I tried their meatloaf and would not again, and none of their sides were outstanding. Cornbread and hush puppies a bit dry, good peppery greens, decent mashed potatoes, too sweet slaw, a berry cobbler that was a complete syrupy mess.
Outback has good ribs, but they're probably too far.
The pig, Zeke's, Ribs USA, Wood Ranch... Why bother?
That's for people who like grilled meat with BBQ sauce.
If you're lazy like me then drive to Leimert Park order 4 or 5 slabs of ribs uncut. Take em home and freeze the slab you don't want.
Later, just reheat them from frozen about an hour @ 400.
Just over the hill from Hollywood...about 10 mins away from Hollywood and Highland is Ribs USA. I haven't found any better.
On Olive, in Burbank. The floors are littered with peanut shells (all the free peanuts you can eat) not fancy at all...just good! And way better than Zeke's and Wood Ranch.