Uncle Flip's (what the?)
Ok, being a transplant from Tennesse for over five years, I sometimes have a craving for some BBQ in LA when I am desperate for a taste like home. Don't get me wrong, I know that LA is not BBQ central but I try to weed out the good and bad places on sites like this. Since this place was recommended(Uncle Flips in NOHO), I wanted to try it out thinking that, hey it's recommended, it can't be that bad right? wrong. My God, it was the worst BBQ I have ever tasted,unedible, and I was a desperate for some, any kind of BBQ. I went in full stock and barrel, ordering the full slab of St. Louis Ribs for $17.99, my mistake, the ribs were burnt beyond belief with this sauce that takes like I was eating cigeratte butts. But I do agree that the sides were ok, but that was a little more than a spoonful of helpings. How depressing, I don't think I ever go to another BBQ place in LA again. Not worth the price or trouble for places who do not know what passes as BBQ in the real world. Stay away....stay far away..
I love the bbq at Old Hickory aka Undre Andre's. They take their time to make everything to order, so my advice is to call ahead if you're going to pick it up or else expect to wait 45 minutes to an hour if they're busy. You can sit and eat there but it's on the small side, nothing fancy. I always call ahead and get it to go. They do deliver but I live a little bit beyond their delivery area so I pick up.
They are located in a strip shopping mall at the corner of Moorpark and Colfax in Studio City. The address and phone is: 11715 Moorpark St, Studio City, (818) 763-8414. Their baby back ribs are tender and falling off the bone. I also like their beef rib, but it's rather large and a bit hard to manage. I always feel like I'm Fred Flintstone when I'm eating it. The other things I get are the smoked sausage, bbq chicke and the fried chicken. I love their sides, especially the greens and the baked beans. They also have gumbo on Friday. I've never had it because they always run out before I can call to place my order. I've been there numerous times and the food is always good.
Dive Fan.. the first time in a bbq joint (and every time for me) one should always order their Q with the sauce on the side. no one know's how much or how little sauce you like.
also, asking for your meats naked is a deterrent to a place giving you old and dried out meat covered in goo. Good Q of any kind should be able to stand on its own and only be complimented by its condiments.
Uncle Flip's is especially disappointing to me 'cause it's walking distance from my office, not exactly a great neighborhood for memorable lunch spots. It should be said in their defense that they only just opened in the last two months, but based on two visits they're going to have to get a lot better before I'll go back again.
Despair not, though -- the best BBQ joint north of downtown is only 2.7 miles away as the Google-bird flies, right in just the kind of working-class neighborhood where you expect to find good ribs and such. (I know some mourn the demise of the Pig, but please, 'cue in Hancock Park????)
The Swinging Door is Texas 'cue, so it's not the same style as the Tennessee/North Carolina vinegar-sauce-based axis. But it's just as well for my diet that Flip's is walking distance and not the Door. Highly recommended!
The Swinging Door Texas BBQ
11018 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Thanks Divefan, I think we had a baby blues in savannah or was that red hot and blue? Anyway, I'm pretty open to all types of BBQ as long as it's not too overpriced and overcooked. Unlce Flips falls into both catagories, leaving me with a feeling that I was completely ripped off. Thanks again for the links, maybe there is a winner somewhere out here in LA:)
Whoa, chill. Chowhounds are here to help :-).
It would help to know what kind of BBQ you like and where you live - LA is a big place.
Check out the new Place map for LA BBQ here:
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Previous post on Uncle Flip's: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/429096
If you prefer pork based BBQ, Baby Blues is quite good but pricey.
There's darn good BBQ in LA, just Please be a little more specific about your likes and dislikes.