Spring Street Smokehouse
anybody ever eat there? decent?
The last time I went there was a few months ago. They changed their MO, which I didn't care for. It went from order and pay to sit down table service. They also added a bar in that dining space. I think the bbq is mediocre and their sauces are too sweet. BBQ King down the street isn't any better in my opinion.
The sauce @bbq king is hate it or love it, I personally like it. As far as the ribs, I think they're "good enough" for the geographical area. Heavy on the smokey taste, but note nearly tender enough to be really called BBQ IMHO. Good if you like to gnaw (esp. the beef), not good if you're expecting huge chunks of meat. When I go to bbq king, I like getting the rib tips. I pass on the beef/baby back. I hear their burgers are good though.
I love BBQ, and often would rather chow on fair BBQ than better quality other food. But I agree with ns1 about BBQ King on Cesar Chavez/Sunset and Figueroa. Their spareribs are overly crusty and tough, with little meat. Some have praised their burger, which admittedly is big, but it also comes dry, not juicy at all. Whether crowded or empty, their service is hopelessly slow. And somehow they have found the one spot in L.A. where even on otherwise nice days, it is either stiflingly hot or ridiculously windy there.
terrible ! i had the Worst chicken hot links in my life. My coworker paid almost $8 for the baby back plate, 3 small small small ribs and 2 sorry sides.
I've said it before, stick to the basics at this place. Order the brisket or tri-tip meat BY ITSELF. It comes with ~1/2 loaf of bread. Doctor the sauce and put it on Yourself.
'Chicken' and 'sausage' rarely go together well. For example Aidell's pork sausages are just fine but the chicken and turkey ones have peculiar taste and texture.
IMO cooking chicken and ribs correctly is always more problematic for a BBQ joint than smoking big hunks of beef and pork. Likewise good sides are hard to find - watery slaw, bland potato salad, icky sweet beans, etc, are all too common. Caveat emptor!
Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ
640 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
I like SSS, I had the beef ribs which were pretty good. The sauce is not overly sweet and the ribs are not overly tender or skimpy on the meat. Also you walk in and you get a whole loaf of white bread at your table. BBQ King on the other hand is terrible, last time I went they were out of ribs.... the tri tip tasted like candy meat, and all the sides were unedible, it was terrible.
i ate there 2 weeks ago i screwed up and didn't order the sauce on the side ( i always order the sauce on the side ...if a place says they can't...i walk out the door ) - i did not think the sauce was overly sweet - the brisket ...cut way too thin, the sausage ( beef ) ok ....too much sauce. the sides ...holy cow ...terrible !! i'm convinced the mac and cheese was the boxed stuff ( the high end box...not the powder ) and then they threw in some bbq sauce....the corn bread...boring....there was thing i liked - the appetizer...chicken wings ...tasty...but again...cut back on the sauce.
it's too bad because it's the kind of place that you root for - not the best location...my sense ...some young owners trying to make it...good luck !