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amazing bbq in the pasadena area

jmulheim Mar 26, 2008 04:48 PM

help....need extremely amazing bbq in the pasadena area...any recommendations?

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  1. Kevitivity RE: jmulheim Mar 26, 2008 05:17 PM

    There isn't any really amazing BBQ in the Pasadena area. But I like Big Mama's Rib Shack on N. Lake.


    WARNING: Barn Burner on Fair Oaks is a complete disaster - the people running that place don't know what BBQ is.

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      spankbot RE: Kevitivity Mar 26, 2008 05:38 PM

      Other people here have mentioned Big Mama's as a good option so we tried it a few months back and were very pleased. Their sauces are good too.

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        stochasticgirl RE: Kevitivity Mar 27, 2008 03:01 PM

        IMO, the beef ribs at Barn Burner are always [surprisingly] jaw-droppingly good. But everything else is eh.

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        diningdivala RE: jmulheim Mar 26, 2008 05:18 PM

        We always go to Montrose for Zeke's. Order ahead, get to go. Or eat there. It's way better than Big Mama's and (gag) Barn Burner.

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          mbh65 RE: jmulheim Mar 26, 2008 05:28 PM

          I like Robin's. I also hear that Gus' BBQ was bought by the guys from Tops Burgers, but I am not sure if its re-opened yet.

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            Chowpatty RE: mbh65 Mar 26, 2008 06:30 PM

            No, Gus's hasn't reopened yet, but I think it's going to be more of an upscale burger and beer place with a few barbecue items.
            There's some info on the website.

          2. martyR RE: jmulheim Mar 26, 2008 05:34 PM

            There's a new place I wrote about awhile ago. Beans BBQ on Fair Oaks and Montana, one block south of Woodbury. Good ribs, and better than anything else in the area in my opinion.

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              exilekiss RE: jmulheim Mar 26, 2008 10:25 PM

              Hey jmulheim,

              Per your request of "extremely amazing bbq" in Pasadena: Sorry, there is none. Just bear down and drive the extra ~30 minutes to the great BBQ in L.A. / Westside if it must be "extremely amazing." :)

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                chowchow12345678 RE: jmulheim Mar 27, 2008 04:44 PM

                We like Hutch's BBQ on Walnut near Los Robles in Pasadena, but I wouldn't describe it as AMAZING. But it's better than Big Mama's -- Hutch's big beef ribs are juicy, Big Mama's are dry.

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                  hpcat RE: chowchow12345678 Mar 27, 2008 05:52 PM

                  I recently had the pulled pork at Hutch's and I was very disappointed. The meat was tasteless and there was an overabundance of gloppy sauce to cover it. I LOVE the pulled pork at Oinkster, though. I thought Big Mama's was decent. Not like Jay Bee's but good for the area. I haven't been to Zeke's or Beans.

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