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Good, inexpensive BBQ on the west side???

I am looking for some cheap BBQ...I've been to a place on Pico (name escapes me) which was amazing, but I also spent $35 all in (Mr. Cecils, whish is AMAZING, just $$$$), for ribs and some side dishes.

Any and all recommendations are welcomed.


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  1. Baby Blues on Venice Blvd. near Rose.

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    1. I like Outdoor Grill in Venice. Its where Washington Blvd. and Washington Place meet / diverge (depending on which direction you're going). Good BBQ without breaking the bank.

      1. Not really west side, but J&J Burger Shack & BBQ is very reasonable and good. on Adams, 2 blocks east of Fairfax. It is near the 10 frwy and Fairfax/LaCienega.

        1. There is a Santa Maria BBQ place on Washington in Culver City by the new movie theatre--Im not sure what the cross street is. I've only had it once but it was pretty good.

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          1. re: emilymm

            If this is for lunch no worries but if for dinner I don't think they are open at night.

          2. Porky's on Manchester Blvd. in Inglewood. Everything is good.

            1. I'm curious about this post, too. Has anybody been to Western Smokehouse on Overland and Woodbine near Palms Blvd? A mere jaunt away from me. A friend said it was awful, but he and I are like polar opposites as far as our taste buds are concerned.

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              1. re: hch_nguyen

                Had it about 6 years ago, when I lived in the area, so my memory's dim. IIRC, the meat was pretty good, but the sauce had way too much molases for my taste. I'd take the meat home and make my own sauce, which suited me just fine.

                1. re: SoCalMuncher

                  hmmm...I'll put it on my ever growing list of things to try. I actually like a good dose of molasses in my BBQ sauce. Thanks!

                  1. re: hch_nguyen

                    not a fan of their bbq but their fried chicken was pretty darn tasty. =) however, the last time i went there, it was about 4-5yrs ago.

                    1. re: wilafur

                      Well, well, I guess I'll have no choice but to try their BBQ and their fried chicken!!! .... :( .... :D

                2. re: hch_nguyen

                  Good basic BBQ - I think it's Texas if my memory serves me correctly... Ate there about 1 1/2 years ago - a little before my wife went vegetarian - and we enjoyed it as well as the sides. The cole slaw was different - very chunky instead of thin shreds - obviously alot more crunch and freshness to it.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Your memory serves you right. It is indeed Texas. If it's just good and basic, that's fine by me. It's like a 2-minute walk and that makes it very geographically desirable.

                    I *love* a good cole slaw with my BBQ. I prefer sliced cabbage instead of chunks though, assuming that by chunks you mean chopped. I just prefer the texture of slices in my mouth.

                3. J R's BBQ
                  3055 La Cienega Blvd
                  Culver City, CA 90232
                  (310) 837-6838

                  I'd order one of their pork sandwiches and get a slice 7up cake afterwards.

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                  1. re: travistarr

                    Had a problem with the owner at this place... don't want to get into details but I wouldn't I had a problem with his ethics...

                  2. I really like Baby Blues (on the east side of Lincoln in Venice, across from the Smart & Final) but they are not cheap. I really like their pulled pork, but note that the brisket is served similarly stringy and not sliced.

                    I had a fine lunch special of ribs at J.R.'s that came with three meaty pork ribs, a scoop of potato salad, and bread. With lemonade, tax & tip I think I got out for barely over $10. I ordered their hot sauce and it was really flaming.

                    I did not enjoy my lunch at Outdoor Grill. Ribs were ok, but the sliced pork was from a boneless loin and was too lean and blaah. But what really got me is when they wanted to charge me for an extra slice of bread.

                    JJ's on Adams was friendly and had the most ribs for the money, but I liked J.R.'s better.

                    Santa Maria BBQ next to the theatres in Culver City is very chainlike.

                    How is Smokehouse still surviving? Like everyone else, I went years ago and haven't been back since.

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                    1. re: nosh

                      I particularly like the brisket at Baby Blues. Also, although not traditional BBQ the tri-tip burrito at Santa Maria is quite good.

                    2. Glencrest Bar-B-Que on Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice - it's pretty good and cheap by BBQ standards (about a tenner for pork ribs, 2 sides, and a soda). Also, their lunch special is a great deal (huge double cheeseburger, seasoned fries and a soda for about $6).

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                      1. re: umeakai

                        Good rec... totally forgot about them... one of the last long-time businesses on Abbot Kinney...

                        1. re: umeakai

                          I had BBQ takeout from there once, it was like microwave food. About a year ago...got a combo with ribs.. I think.