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Aug 5, 2008 02:28 PM

Mr. Cecil's BBQ on Ventura. Is it worth it?

I always have a favorite BBQ joint of the moment. Right now it's Kansas BBQ Company on Magnolia. Dem Beans Be Tasty! This morning driving down Ventura Blvd. I saw a place called Mr. Cecil's BBQ. The internet and this site tells me that there is another one on Pico. Is it a chain? The whole forced "ramshackle" design of the building, complete with corrugated tin roof, stinks way too much of corporate focus group design, like House of Blues. IMO, nothing kills good BBQ quicker that "Big Business"

So tell me board… Is their Q any good?


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  1. SKIP IT, nothing great at all, drive a few blocks down to "Boneyard Bistro" instead for great BBQ, its sort of hidden and doesn't look like a barbecue joint from the outside, once you bite in their food you'll be pleased. If your after a take out spot go for "Uncle Andre's BBQ"



    7 Replies
    1. re: Hypnotic23

      Second Boneyard. Better beer and wine there, too.

      1. re: Diana

        I had a horrible experience at Boneyard, but I will agree that Cecil's is not even worth the drive.

        1. re: dlayiga

          Could you explain your "...horrible experience..." a bit? Was it the food, service, price or........?

        1. re: Hershey Bomar

          What he said. Boiled ribs with burned-on sauce.

          1. re: Hershey Bomar

            That's too bad. I hadn't had a chance to check it out and heard some good things.

          2. re: Hypnotic23

            Gee, talk about your "boil-then-soak-in-mediocre-sauce!". I'm just sayin'. Greens and Black-Eyed Peas rock, though.

          3. I just went for the first time a few days ago (Ventura location). Had the baby back ribs and a few sides. Overall I thought the ribs were good (moist, flavorful, falling off the bone), sides were ok (fries, hush puppies, cole slaw) general a decent meal but a bit pricey for bbq. Worth a shot if you like trying new things, but I doubt it would become your new favorite.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Another no from me. Haven't been to Kansas City BBQ, so can't compare the two.

                Mr Cecil's is from the boil ribs, then burn sauce on at the end school of bbq. If you like real wood smoke in the meat, you won't find it here.

                1. For their pork ribs, I thought the flavor was nice, a sweet-smokey, not very tender, though. However, I hated their bbq sauces: the regular sauce was too sweet, and the spicy sauce tasted like supermarket bottled sauce.

                  1. I'm not a rib eater, so I can't comment on that. I had the hot link sandwich, and I thought it was too expensive for the quantity and the quality.

                    I never went back.