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Best BBQ?

We'll be in Redondo Beach this week and are willing to travel a reasonable distance for good BBQ. GF wants ribs; brisket for me. Preferably in a neighborhood where we won't get shot at, but on the other hand I'm not expecting to find good 'Q in Beverly Hills.

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  1. There is only one place left in L.A. (still have to try Woody's though) that has Q that I really like, Phillip's Bar-B-Que. Best meats, ok to good sides and good desserts like Red Velvet Cake and Potato Pie. Down side is no place to sit so I eat in a nearby park. Also I'd suggest leaving the Rolex with the Au and C and the new Ferrari at home but I haven't had any problems and the Q is so good!

    Phillips Bar-B-Que
    4307 Leimert Blvd Ste 3
    Los Angeles, CA 90008-5201
    (323) 292-7613

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    1. re: sel

      Have you been to J&J Burger Shack & BBQ?

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      JNJ Burger Shack
      5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

      1. re: Burger Boy

        Only once a couple of years ago after you suggested it a few times. I think that I had an ok burger for lunch (I recall that they were out of the bosses moms desserts) but I haven't tried their bar-b-q meats or side dishes yet. Ok ok I'll give them a try!

        1. re: sel

          Their burgers are good, not amazing, go for the BBQ.Try the smoked wings, the ribs, rib tips and get the potato salad and the beans. I heard from the owner his mom does not do the desserts anymore, or very infrequently, she made a great red velvet cake, a sweet potato crunch thing and a peach cake that was great.

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          JNJ Burger Shack
          5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

      2. re: sel

        Philips is good and the Leimert Park area is OK to visit. In fact, there is an arts culture there, and interesting shops.

        1. re: droyal

          I realize that many on this board feel that Phillip's is the best and maybe the only real BBQ in L.A. But my visits there have left me unconvinced. The lauded ribs have been mostly bone, scrimpy on the meat. The prices are on the high side. And for a lunch, dragging my bag to a fastfood place nearby so I can buy a drink, grab napkins, and have an outdoor table to sit at is just a pain. In my experience, not worth the trouble.

      3. Not too far from where you are. This is my favorite. Chopped beef on a bun with spicy sauce. Have to eat it with a fork but good. Great ribs.
        Bodacious Q
        637 E University Dr
        Carson, CA 90746
        (310) 515-2227

        1. I agree with sel, Phillip's is the one place in LA to really go out of your way for, Q-wise. Though the lack of dine-in is a bummer, as I'm not sure I'd suggest sitting and eating in any parks in that area. Though you won't get shot there, depending on how sensitive you and your girlfriend are, you may feel like you could. Eating in your car might be another option, particularly if it's a rental as you'll likely make a saucy mess of the thing.

          Also, Phillip's has 2 other locations to consider. I believe the one on Crenshaw has counters and stools where you can eat. And there's one on Centinela which is closest to Redondo. Not sure if there's anywhere to sit at that one. Hounds?

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          1. re: wutzizname

            there's two park style benches at the centinela locale.

            the crenshaw one, #3, does have a couple tables and a counter outside, and it's so much quicker and easier to get to than the original leimert park location.

            1. re: kevin

              Has anyone eaten at all three of their locations and can comment on whether there is any difference in quality between the sites?

              1. re: Outerspace

                Yes, most feel the Leimert Park location is the best tasting.

                I've often eaten my meal right in the little park around the corner at the chess picnic tables. They even have sinks nearby to wash up.

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            1. I haven't been to Phillips, but I'm a huuuge fan of Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln in Venice.

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              Baby Blues BBQ
              444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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              1. re: QualityMart

                Baby Blues is Yuppie-Q and nothing like an authentic BBQ experience.

                Truly, I loathe the place, including the "service".

                1. re: BeenThereAteThat

                  Yuppie and not authentic BBQ???? how is that?

                  1. re: rednyellow

                    I just got home from my first visit to Baby Blues.

                    Service was excellent. Sides were very good. Cornbread was interesting.

                    Brisket was most forgetable. Pulled pork was tasty, especially with the spiced vinegar on the table.

                    But the BABYBACKS were exceptional. The best I've had in LA by far. Meaty, fall off the bone, flavorful and charred to perfection.

                    Not sure if this is what the OP is looking for, but I certaily wouldn't call it yuppie or inauthentic.

                    My sugguestion, stop here for the ribs, then head to NY BBQ for the brisket, and then down to Phillip's for dessert.

                    1. re: wutzizname

                      Baby Blues is good for pulled pork and babyback ribs, and the Venice vibe. But their brisket is not served in the usual slices, it is pulled and stringy like the pulled pork. Not their strongest item.

                      For brisket, you may want to give Dr. Hogly Wogly's a try, but it is a long trek up the 405 to the north side of Van Nuys.

                      1. re: nosh

                        I agree. I love the brisket at Dr. H.W. The pork ribs at Baby Blue are very good as are the pork ribs at Dr. H.W. The beef ribs at Baby Blues are about the best I've had.

                      2. re: wutzizname

                        I agree that ribs (as opposed to pulled pork or brisket) are the way to go at Baby Blue's. I rather like the eye can...er, service.

                        What's the deal with NY BBQ? Having recently lived in NYC, where the bbq leaves something to be desired, I'm a tad skeptical.

                        1. re: a_and_w

                          Yes, the eye-service was interesting.

                          NY is just a name. Word is the owner's from Carolina but lived in New York for a long time.

                          1. re: wutzizname

                            Which Carolina? North Carolina or S. Carolina...you can probably tell by the color of his sauce...yellow= SC, N. Carolina is traditionally vinegar/ tomato based. Been looking for good SC style is why I ask...

                        2. re: wutzizname

                          My husband and I made our first visit to Baby Blues a couple of months ago and we were favorably impressed. They were out of brisket, so I never had a chance to taste that, but we did have the Memphis and baby back ribs and loved them. The pulled pork was pretty good too and I liked the chicken. They were out of the corn on the cob, so I got the mac and cheese, which I loved. I really enjoyed their baked beans and cole slaw too. We both really love our barbecue and I really didn't find the place yuppy-ish or "inauthentic" in the least. To each his own I guess, but I'd definitely recommend it.

                          1. re: Fuser

                            What time were you there that they were already "out" of the brisket and corn on the cob, which is one of their specialty sides? You didn't miss anything with the brisket, as the ribs and pork are much better, but OMG they sell the heck out of the "roasted" corn on the cob which I think comes out tough and shrivelled.

                            1. re: nosh

                              Really, stay away from the brisket here. It's the thing they do worst. The ribs are outstanding though.

                              Why is it that almost every BBQ place has 1 or 2 things they do great, and then others that the just can't figure out?