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Mar 10, 2009 05:32 PM

best bbq takeout in los angeles right now

looking to cater a party for 45 people this sunday night--want bbq ribs and chicken and side dishes--called baby blues but they want $150. to deliver, $50.00 to pack etc. and $1000.00 for the food$#@! any other thoughts?#@! thanks.

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  1. We had Dr. Hogly Wogly cater a party about 18 months ago. They charged $50 for paper goods and provided two servers, whom we tipped but otherwise did not have to pay.

    Don't forget the brisket.

    8136 Sepulveda Blvd
    Van Nuys, CA 91402
    (818) 782-2480

    1. a fellow nosher brought some bludso's out a few wks back. we didn't get ot it until at least 8hrs later and the bbq was still mighty good.

      1. Its not authentic bbq but on short notice how about Stone Fire Grill... i know they can do it for as cheap as $10 a person.... I really like their garlic chicken and tri tip....

        Stonefire Grill
        6405 Fallbrook Ave West, Hills, CA

          1. For best all around BBQ (though I've never gotten chicken there), I'd say Phillips. Not quite sure if they cater/deliver, but I do know they have "Party trays/meals".

            Though apparently, BigMista is challenging for top spot for BBQ; I'm checking it out Thursday.

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            1. re: mdpilam

              From what I've been reading, Big Mista' *is* the top spot, and they cater. See:


              I'm going either Weds. or Thurs.

              1. re: Mel Gee

                Big Mista has the best ribs in LA and I've had them all.
                They vend at the farmers markets around town and that's how I got hooked.


                SUNDAYS 10:00-2:00
                Atwater Village (Wells Fargo Parking Lot
                )3250 Glendale Boulevard

                TUESDAYS – 8:00-1:00
                Torrance 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard
                (Charles H. Wilson Park)

                WEDNESDAY - 2:00-7:00
                Lawndale (in front of Civic Center building)
                147th & Hawhtorne Blvd

                THURSDAY – 3:00-7:00
                El Segundo
                Main Street & Pine Avenue

                SATURDAYS - 10:00-2:00
                Watts (parking lot in front of park)
                103rd & Central Ave. - Ted Watkins Park

                1. re: monku

                  Call ahead if you want a big order. Speaking as an insider, I know BigMista sells out everything they make for the farmer's markets. The only way to ensure they'll make enough for your big party is to arrange it a few days ahead of time.


                  1. re: Professor Salt

                    Another thumbs up for both the ribs (a little bit of a kick 'cause of the chili rub) and the pulled pork. And the best DAMN peach cobbler I've ever had...

                    1. re: Briggs

                      Excellent red velvet cake too!

                      1. re: monku

                        red velvet cupcake you mean right, and not a bad deal at 2 bucks per, i previously thought someone mentioned it was 4 bucks per, ...

                        1. re: kevin

                          They have a $4 slice and a $2 slice. ($2 slice is half the size of a $4 slice).

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        i think that's what the Professor said before too. but i think he made a disclaimer/disclosure about it in one of the posts.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Yes, he is my competition BBQ teammate (sorry if the disclosure as an "insider" wasn't clear in this post). As Kevin pointed out, I stated that in another post about BigMista.

                          1. re: Professor Salt

                            I thought so, I wish I had a group of friends that we could compete, I bet it is a lot of work but fun and rewarding. Is his BBQ similar to what your team does in competition?

                            1. re: Burger Boy

                              Bigmista (Neil) cooks the brisket on my team, where each of four cooks specializes in one meat. The way he cooks his brisket for the farmer's markets is very similar to his contest brisket.

                              The flavor profile of Neil's chicken, ribs and pulled pork is a little different than what the other teammates prepare, but those differences in recipe & technique aside, the important point is Neil's selling contest-grade meat at the farmer's markets.

                      2. re: Professor Salt

                        I advise against using Big Mista. He catered a large party for us once and it was a complete disaster. They did not make enough food and substituted cheap cuts of chicken vs. what we sampled in advance. BBQ had OK flavor but all meats were served cold.

                      3. re: monku

                        Hi monku,

                        Nice! :) Thanks for the info on this. I'll have to try it soon.