HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Are you making a specialty food? Share your adventure

Valley BBQ?

foodguymark May 10, 2007 10:44 AM

Hey y'all,

I could use some tasty BBQ tonight. Nothing fancy, just unhealthy and delicious. Any favorite spots? I've been to Mr. Cecil's and thought it wasn't bad, but a more comfy place would be perfect.

  1. d
    Diana May 13, 2007 02:29 PM

    Dr hogly Wogly's tyler texas bbq on Sepulveda. YUM!

    Bear pit is good.

    1. p
      paprkutr May 13, 2007 02:25 PM

      Ribs Usa on Olive? in Burbank just up the street from Nbc studios. Simple, casual, peanuts in the barrel. BBq is good, sides are okay, but always consistent.

      1 Reply
      1. re: paprkutr
        Jwsel May 13, 2007 06:00 PM

        Ugh. Ribs USA is awful barbecue. The buffalo wings are great -- my favorite in the city -- but the ribs are lousy.

        I haven't tried Swinging Door, but of the places mentioned already, I would put Mom's on the top of the list. Every time I've had Dr. Hogly Wogly's, it has been dry and gristly.

      2. s
        silence9 May 10, 2007 12:41 PM

        Consider trying The Bear Pit in the Mission Hills neighborhood, on Sepulveda near the 118 freeway. I believe it's styled as 'Missouri' bbq. If that means huge quantities, then I guess it is authentic. In the handful of times we've been, I always get one of the combo samplers with pork ribs, beef ribs, chicken, texas-toast, baked beans, relish tray ( I think ), etc.. I have a trencherman's appetite, but can never finish these combos and always have enough leftovers for a large second meal the next day. Nothing is outstandingly tender or remarkable, but it serves as a niche for those of us who grew up eating bbq made by friends and relatives who cooked with more enthusiasm than expertise. I'm sure The Bear Pit is on someone's 'terrible list', but then again, so is Spago...

        3 Replies
        1. re: silence9
          JInjer May 10, 2007 02:49 PM

          Definitely Mom's on Vanowen & Hazeltine. Tons of meat on the pork ribs and that oh-so-sweet macaroni & cheese. The smothered pork chops are to die for. I've tried almost every side and they're all good. Definitely get the green beans, potato salad, mac & cheese...

          1. re: JInjer
            Ollie May 14, 2007 07:07 AM

            Yeah but you have to call your order in around breakfast time so that it'll be ready for dinner....and then you'll still have to wait! Service is definatley "Southern Slow"

            1. re: Ollie
              wizardx May 14, 2007 07:44 AM

              Yeah, that's why I have Mom's on speed dial. The bbq itself can be hit or miss but the hot links and most of the sides, including that creamy mac and cheese are delicious!

        2. maxzook May 10, 2007 11:43 AM

          Although I confess I haven't been there for a few years, the best 'cue in the San Fernando Valley has always been Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas Bar-B-Que at 8136 Sepulveda Blvd., south of Roscoe in Van Nuys. It isn't much "comfy"-wise, but it's well-renowned for the brisket.

          1. dshm May 10, 2007 11:06 AM

            Here are a few places that is better than Mr. Cecil's, in my opinion

            Boneyard Bistro on Ventura, east of Woodman. Portions are much bigger than Mr.Cecil's and service is outstanding. Have extensive beer and wines from around the world. Monday night is 1/2 off beers, and Tuesday is 1/2 off wine bottles - ask for Martin, he is one of the best servers.

            Uncle Andre's BBQ in Studio City on Moorpark and Colfax - the beef ribs are incredible, service is super slooooow but worth the wait, service can be better, but you go for the food

            Although Jr's BBQ in Culver City tops them all...

            Show Hidden Posts