My Endless Search For The Perfect Ribs
My business travels have taken me to 49 states (I have not set foot in ND) and over 40 countries. Anytime I arrive in a new city, I walk through the yellow pages or log on to Zagat or Table One and look for BBQ. I've had ribs from Bangkok to Bakersfield and all points in between. Hoogly Woogly's - Tony Roma's - Monty's - Quincy's - Willy's (in Agoura) last night, even P.F. Changs and Houstons. My quest is endless.
My appeal is to my SoCal brethren to help me locate a perfect rack of Baby Backs! The Barnyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks came close when they first opened. Carson's and The Weber Grill in Chicago also came close.
I have a friend who is a ten on the rib scale, but I can't just pop in and say "give me a half a rack with beans and slaw".
So, SoCal BBQ Brothers and Sisters - HELP!
I don't have a ton of experience in BBQ, but I really like Lucille's Smokehouse. I know you're looking for some tasty ribs (which they have plenty of) but my favorite here is their BBQ half chicken. Lucille's was rated #1 on KCAL 9's best places for BBQ in So Cal.
Zeke's Smokehouse actually does a pretty good Baby Back. You most likely will not find bbq like that of texas or memphis, but their baby backs are pretty darn meaty and tasty. Their beef ribs aren't too bad either. Sides are little less mentioning, but they do a fantastic pulled pork plate.
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Check out two places in the LA metro area. First (and probably the best for ribs) is JR's Barbeque at 3055 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, CA (310.837.6836). This is a great hole-in-the-wall place with great ribs and FIRE hot sauce.
Second would be "The Pig" at 612 N La Brea Ave, LA (323.935.1116). Great Memphis style BBQ. A bit of a Hollywood place but great ribs and even better pulled pork sandwiches.