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Feb 9, 2009 07:48 AM

BBQ King - Woodland Hills

We were in the area yesterday so I thought we’d try the newly opened BBQ King. We arrived at 12:30 and the place was empty. The waitress was sitting on the patio when we arrived.
When we walked in the TV had the Lakers game on and it was pretty loud, so we sat at one of the farther in booths. Also (I presume the owners) children were coloring at one of the tables and yelling (probably due to the high volume of the TV).

I like the Lakers, but the high volume became so annoying with the announcers, the crowd cheering, the penalty horn, etc. (and no one was watching it).

The hostess came over right away and gave us menus. Then we sat. I don’t know how long since the place was empty I expected pretty fast service. It was 5-7 minutes before the waitress came, I don’t know why it took so long since we were the only ones in the place!

When she finally did come I asked her if she could turn down the TV as we were getting headaches! She obliged and immediately the mood changed! The waitress was astute enough to realize the noise level was not comfortable, and after a little while she talked the kids into going into the office to play, which also really helped a lot.

I ordered the lunch sampler plate (Beef rib, tri tip, hot link, chicken). My wife wasn’t too hungry so she ordered a side salad and BBQ baked beans. I also ordered mac and cheese as one of my sides for her (they were out of cole slaw!!).

The food came and immediately you could smell the smoke! It sure smelled good. First, I ate the chicken, which was really good. It wasn’t crispy at all since it was smoked, but when I smoke chicken at home I put it on a hot grill for a few moments to give the skin a little crunchiness.

The hot link was also very good. I need to mention here that I really liked their BBQ sauce. Great flavor that went well with the meats. Unfortunately they were out of the spicy sauce, which I would have liked to try.

Unfortunately the tri tip was completed over cooked, tough and dry; I couldn’t eat it. The beef rib, while it had good flavor, was also very tough and chewy. I liked it but would have liked it more if it was a little less dry and a little more tender.

My wife said the salad was pretty bad an used my bbq sauce instead of the dressing which she said was horrible. She really liked the beans and mac though.

All in all, not great but there were some redeeming factors, enough so I will go back and give it another try. I don’t know, but I think that the beef rib and tri tip were left over from the day before as they were not fresh at all.

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  1. Hey Les, sounds like this place and the employees are related to the BBQ King that closed on Sunset at Figueroa. That TV was always on sports and so loud, the service was always so slow. My friend and I would go for the burgers and fries. BBQ was just ok.

      1. re: Briggs

        It's in the spot previously held by Gorikee (in fact their signage is still up).

        Texas Barbeque King
        21799 Ventura Blvd
        Woodland Hills, CA

        1. re: LesThePress

          Les, I tried the place a few months back. Like you, I had a sampler plate of beef ribs, links, tri tip, and chicken. Big portions and pretty good flavor, but they drenched everything in their bbq sauce.

          Pat from Gorikee was working there when I visited - do you know if he's still around?

          1. re: RacerX

            I always ask for the BBQ sauce on the side for the very reason you gave. If I like it or not, I can use the exact amount I want on the meat. If the meat has good flavor it only needs a touch of bbq sauce. Usually if a place drowns the food in their sauce it's to cover up either lack of flavor or dryness.

            I can't do garlic so I never went to Gorikee, so I can't answer your question. It was very popular with Ch's so maybe someone else can answer your question.

            1. re: RacerX

              We went once about 4 months ago and Patrick was not there (maybe day off?). Excellent greens but decidedly blah meats. Too bad - it promises so much and smells devine but just didn't deliver for us.

        2. Years ago I went to the original one on the corner of Sunset and Figueroa, it was an old gas station before that, anyway I was first in line no one behind me and ordered the tri tip, took half an hour and it was tough, tried again a few months later and ordered a hamburger, it was the size of a dinner plate but dry and totally tastless. Maybe they have something good there or have improved but unless you guys convince me I'll never go again.

          1. thank you so much for quick reply.......


            1. So it is "related" to the Sunset & Fig. location. Service Always sucked @ that location, and the BBQ was ehhhhh!