- foodguymark May 10, 2007 10:44 AM
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.