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Mar 22, 2009 04:36 PM

BBQ in West Hollywood....

A place just opened where Cha Cha Cha's was, on Santa Monica near Crescent Hts. Baby Blue BBQ? Something like that. I know they have another location in Venice, but I haven't been. Anyone have anything to say about the WeHo location?

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  1. Went there yesterday. Hate to say too much since they just opened.

    Thought the Pulled Pork and Brisket weren't very exciting. The sides were good. Somebody mentioned on the board that the Ribs and/or Chicken were the way to go. The Chicken did look good but I never order chicken at a BBQ Joint.

    I will try the ribs and then report back. Thought the prices were pretty high for what you get. For WeHo BBQ (which isn't saying much) I prefer Zeke's.

    1. The one in Venice rocks ... search for it on this board. Haven't been to this one yet. Yes, the sides are amazing. BTW, they have an incredible hamburger, sort of a secret weapon on the menu!

      1. one time experience. Food was so so. Very blah, no smoke, no heat, no flavor. I prefer Zeke"s. And Zeke's is not that much of a wow.

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        1. re: miwine

          I haven't been to this new Baby Blues location, but I think Zeke's in Montrose is far superior to the Venice BB, which is near the bottom of my list for its terrible brisket -- prepared in a "pulled meat" style that is inappropriate for the long, tough muscle fibers in beef -- and grungy pork ribs. The pulled pork was OK but not nearly as good as either Zeke's or Blake's in Anaheim or Big Mista' or any number of other places.

          1. re: sbritchky

            Yeah, what's up with that brisket? Unlike any brisket I've ever had and that is not a good thing. Reminded me of the shredded meat you get at bad mexican restaurant tacos. Many people I know were in Austin at SXSW. Made me jones for some Texas BBQ beef.

            1. re: sbritchky

              Yeah, I've only been to the Venice location, but I never understood what the fuss about this place is. I find it to be rather sub par BBQ. And definitely overpriced. I think they just bank on getting westsiders not wanting to travel east of the 405 to get BBQ, and therefore win their loyalty as a result.

              1. re: mdpilam

                Yeah, maybe there should be an East/West of the 405 standard for BBQ. Me, I'll stick to East.

          2. I beg to differ. Like all BBQ places, Baby Blues does some things better than others. In their case, it's all about the babybacks.

            Though rib styles are a matter of taste as well, if you love tender, fall off the bone babybacks with a deep char on the outside, then nothing in LA beats Baby Blues.

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            1. re: wutzizname

              Sorry, wutziz, but if Baby Blues is "all about the babybacks," then they should go into hiding. My BB babybacks were not tender. They were as tough as an old boot, without the haunting flavor of shoe polish. Across the board, BB seemed to have no idea of what BBQ should taste like -- as if someone had read a book on the subject without ever eating an actual meal. I encourage their fans to compare with Big Mista's ribs on flavor, juiciness, tenderness, and general porkuliciousness.

              1. re: sbritchky

                The last time we were at Baby Blue's a couple of months ago in Venice my wife had baby back ribs that were beautiful examples of the art of BBQ. Tender, with a nice smoke presence yet without being fall of the bone tender (we both like a little "pull" to the meat) and I had the long bone ribs which were also outstanding. The time before that we found the pulled pork sandwich quite delicious too. So we may have to give them another try and sample more ribs. But to this point I haven't found any reason to doubt their ribs. I also would like to give their beef ribs a try. They were sold out when we were there back in January.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Servorg, I've seen grumblings hereabouts that BB lost its way at times while trying to get the new place open and produced a sub-par product. That might explain my experience there, but I'm very doubtful about a restaurant that could even conceive of "pulled brisket," for the reason I stated two posts back. Given your favorable report on the babybacks, however, I may have to include them on a second visit in my BBQ survey.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I haven't tried the WEHO location yet, but will soon. I love their beef ribs. They are like a little steak with a bone attached and delish.

                    1. re: rednyellow

                      I would give WeHo some time for their grills and smokers and staff to get (alot) more seasoned. I went for an opening party and didn't think things were very good at all.

                      That said, I agree that Venice is (often) pretty good is not Phillip's...but can be good.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                        Picked up a bbq shrimp and blackened catfish sandwich yesterday - both were great - love the XXX sauce and the banana pudding!!!

              2. If a BBQ joint can't do pulled pork or brisket right it immediately raises red flags. My only experience has been with BBQ in NYC - Tennessee Mountain and Virgils. How does this place compare? Is it as good as Smoke House in Burbank? I was saddened when Cha Cha Cha's expired, so I hope this spot lives up to its promise.