Bad 2 da Bone BBQ, Near LAX
So, here I am visiting Los Angeles... my rollercoaster plans ruined by unexpected rain. I decide that a $15 hamburger from the hotel restaurant isn't going to cut it for dinner, so I set out to explore the LAX area, looking for something that isn't a chain or steamtable chinese buffet.
Driving up Century, I drive past a sign "Bad 2 da Bone BBQ". Turning into their tiny (TINY!) parking lot, I find an equally tiny BBQ restaurant. At first, I'm a bit put off by the bullet-proof ordering window, but the BBQ smells draw me in anyway.
I order some pork ribs, and scurry back to my hotel, my rental car filled with a smokey sweet smell that portends much better ribs than I deserve for being this close to the LA airport.
Let me tell you, these ribs almost make up for missing my coasters... Lean, tender and nicely smokey, topped with a tangy, slightly spicy sauce. The sides were a mixed bag... I got BBQ beans, which were great, and potato salad, which was above average, but not as good as the rest of the meal. For desert, a tiny little sweet potato pie filled the last nooks and crannies, and was a perfect rich, sweet foil for the rest of the meal.
If you find yourself stuck near LAX and are in the mood for some good BBQ, this place is a terrific alternative to the Chili's/Coco's/Dennys/whatevers that seem to populate the airport vicinity.