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Good, inexpensive BBQ on the west side???

Papito Mar 13, 2007 03:05 PM

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.


  1. tony michaels Mar 13, 2007 03:13 PM

    Baby Blues on Venice Blvd. near Rose.

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      tony michaels Mar 13, 2007 05:20 PM

      Here is a link to their website:


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      Marvin Mar 13, 2007 03:52 PM

      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.

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        Burger Boy Mar 13, 2007 05:10 PM

        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.

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          emilymm Mar 13, 2007 05:12 PM

          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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            tony michaels Mar 13, 2007 05:14 PM

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

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            Wes Mar 13, 2007 05:16 PM

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

            1. hch_nguyen Mar 13, 2007 05:18 PM

              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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                SoCalMuncher Mar 13, 2007 05:40 PM

                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.

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                  hch_nguyen Mar 13, 2007 06:08 PM

                  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!

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                    wilafur Mar 13, 2007 06:10 PM

                    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.

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                      hch_nguyen Mar 13, 2007 06:25 PM

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

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                  bulavinaka Mar 13, 2007 07:06 PM

                  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.

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                    hch_nguyen Mar 13, 2007 07:23 PM

                    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. travistarr Mar 13, 2007 05:49 PM

                  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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                    bulavinaka Mar 13, 2007 07:07 PM

                    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...

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                    nosh Mar 13, 2007 07:22 PM

                    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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                      anothernotch Mar 13, 2007 08:34 PM

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

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                      umeakai Mar 13, 2007 07:32 PM

                      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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                        bulavinaka Mar 13, 2007 08:21 PM

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

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                          Xericx Mar 13, 2007 08:25 PM

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

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