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Best Takeout Near Lincoln & Venice--ASAP!!!

homesick for food Aug 31, 2009 08:52 AM

Help! We need dinner for 8. Any ethnicity will do, although we're visiting & hoping to score some Persian. BBQ also would be good; what about the places on Abbot-Kinney &/or Lincoln? Had average Thai from Poom the other night, & that's out. Thanks!

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  1. Servorg Aug 31, 2009 09:12 AM


    Lincoln Blvd & Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291 to Baby Blues BBQ 444 Lincoln Blvd. at Sunset Ave. - 0.9 mi – about 1 min

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    1. re: Servorg
      a_and_w Aug 31, 2009 09:38 AM

      Yep, that's the daddy. They'll even deliver to you.

      1. re: a_and_w
        Burger Boy Aug 31, 2009 11:13 AM

        Daddy of what? Mediocre BBQ! Check out Bludsoe's for some real BBQ. 811 S Long Beach Blvd. Compton, CA Nowhere near Lincoln & Washington but miles and miles better than BBBBQ!

        1. re: Burger Boy
          a_and_w Aug 31, 2009 11:22 AM

          The daddy of places near Lincoln and Venice and thus responsive to the OP's request. Also, it's spelled Bludso's, no "e."

          1. re: a_and_w
            Burger Boy Aug 31, 2009 07:06 PM

            Just saying BBBBQ is not the Daddy of anything, IMHO. I know it was relative to Lincoln & Washington. There is not a good place for BBQ in 8 miles of that intersection! Thant's all!

            1. re: Burger Boy
              Servorg Aug 31, 2009 07:49 PM

              Baby Blues is to BBQ as 26 Beach is to burgers. Not the very best in LA, but certainly good, solid and worth eating when you're in that part of town.

              1. re: Servorg
                Burger Boy Aug 31, 2009 11:23 PM

                Ouch, did I bring up 26 Beach, no! If you want to go toe to toe on Burgers, BRING IT, meet me at Lincoln & Washington at Midnight! I throw down the home made bun, you cad! Oh wait, no one else makes their own buns! Try the BBQ baby back ribs at 26 Beach and try their bbq sauce and tell me it is not as good as Baby Blews!

                1. re: Burger Boy
                  Servorg Sep 1, 2009 06:52 AM

                  I'm simply putting Baby Blue's into perspective relative to the very top tier bbq places in LA by pointing out that 26 Beach is not the very top for burgers in LA - but they are still very good and worth eating at (especially if you are in the area).

                  I find the same is true of Baby Blues. It occupies the same level relative to it's competitors that Beach 26 does with the other places in LA that offer the very best burgers available in all of the greater LA area.

                  As to 26 Beach and their baby back ribs. Do they have / cook them in a smoker? If so that is something I definitely didn't know.

                  1. re: Servorg
                    Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 07:23 AM

                    No they do not smoke them, but they are very good and the sauce is great. 26 Beach is some of the best burgers in LA, SInce I consider BBBBQ some of the worst, I guess you ar saying that 26 Beach is some of the worst. Who do you consider some of the best burgers in LA? If you say The Counter, FO or Umami I am gonna hunt you down and puck all over you........j/k

                  2. re: Burger Boy
                    a_and_w Sep 1, 2009 07:34 AM

                    Please. The ribs at 26 Beach are probably parboiled, and I don't like my ribs sauced. But I will admit the burgers are damn good!

                    Regarding Baby Blues, you say it's "mediocre" and that it's "some of the worst." So which is it? I actualy think it's pretty decent bbq but with plenty of room for improvement. Regardless, it's LIGHT YEARS ahead of any place that parboils like Cecil's and (I'm guessing) 26 Beach.

                    1. re: a_and_w
                      Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 07:58 AM

                      I know that 26 Beach oven roasts and does not par boil, I guarntee you their babybacks are better than BBBBQ. BBBBQ is both mediocre & some of the worst, a and w, have you been to J&J Burgers & BBQ or Woodys, Phillips, Bigmista, Bludso's, and you think BBBBQ is still decent? I just would not want this person asking for recs to think that We Hounds consider this Chow worthy.

                      1. re: Burger Boy
                        a_and_w Sep 1, 2009 08:03 AM

                        Oven baked is as bad as parboiled -- both are insults to good bbq imo. You seem to be in the minority when it comes to judging Baby Blues as indecent, so perhaps you shouldn't presume to speak for "We Hounds."

                        1. re: a_and_w
                          Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 08:11 AM

                          Oven baked is miles ahead of par boiled. Irregardless you call BBBBQ "decent" decent! The party requested "The Best" near Lincoln & Washington. I do not feel, or you yourself, it is "The Best" I think we should lay this one to bed and call it a night. We agree to disagree.

                          1. re: a_and_w
                            alliebear Sep 1, 2009 09:40 AM

                            I don't like Baby Blues, either. I've given it numerous tries, but the only thing good is the ribs and they are inconsistent there. The sides are awful. The prices are out of control. Every time except twice that I have ordered from there, I have been really disappointed. I always cringe when I see it recommended on this board.

                            My mother recently moved to the area from the South. I told her not to expect decent barbecue when she gets out here, because if Baby Blue is one of the most recommended places, it says really bad things about BBQ in L.A.

                            1. re: alliebear
                              Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 09:53 AM

                              Take your mom to Bludso's or JnJ Burger Shack & BBQ. You can try to find Bigmista at some of the farmer's markets.

                              1. re: Burger Boy
                                Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 09:55 AM


                                JNJ Burger Shack
                                5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

                                Bludso's BBQ
                                811 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton, CA 90221, USA

                                Bigmista's Barbecue
                                Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

                              2. re: alliebear
                                a_and_w Sep 1, 2009 10:01 AM

                                I think it's a safe bet that someone from the south won't be impressed with bbq in LA. I don't think the sides at Baby Blues are awful, though some are better than others. Mac and cheese, cole slaw, and mashed sweet potatoes are usually quite tasty.

                      2. re: Servorg
                        dynamike Sep 1, 2009 07:54 AM

                        Solid=consistent. And Baby Blues BBQ—while good when they're at their best—are terribly inconsistent with their baby backs. I've had very porky, flavorful ribs there to the "what-the-f*ck-is-this!?!" variety...and everything in between.

                        Each time I eat there or have it delivered, I take a moment before my first bite and pray for palatability.

                        1. re: dynamike
                          a_and_w Sep 1, 2009 08:07 AM

                          Yes, consistency is a very fair criticism of Baby Blues. Baby backs have less fat, so they're easy to overcook, but I've had similar problems with the spare ribs. Although they smoke, they finish the ribs on the grill to create flavor and bark. The problem is that, if the ribs spend too little or too much time on the grill, the flavor is off.

                          1. re: dynamike
                            Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 08:11 AM


                            1. re: dynamike
                              Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 08:13 AM

                              If you get a chance, try J&J Burgers & BBQ on Adams, 2 blocks east of Fairfax. Try Bludso's or Bigmista. Enjoy life, eat more burgers & BBQ!

                              1. re: Burger Boy
                                a_and_w Sep 1, 2009 08:26 AM

                                I think it's "J N J," not J&J. (Sorry to keep correcting your spelling Burger Boy, but I've personally been confused by the spelling of Bludso's and J N J before.)

                                1. re: a_and_w
                                  Burger Boy Sep 1, 2009 08:31 AM

                                  You just don't like me........No problem, my typing and brain are not at full power yet, besides I have J n J in my speed dial under BBQ......LOL really. I used to work 4 blocks from him. His moms, as he calls her, makes great desserts. Chow On!

                      3. re: Burger Boy
                        Ogawak Aug 31, 2009 06:51 PM

                        I love Bludso's as much as you do, but we are limited to Lincoln and Washington, and Baby Blues is easily the best in that area. I think it's actually pretty good, though I also prefer Bigmista's as well.

                        1. re: Ogawak
                          Burger Boy Aug 31, 2009 07:07 PM

                          I know, but why recommend mediocrity? IMHO No Disrespect.

                          1. re: Ogawak
                            Burger Boy Aug 31, 2009 11:44 PM

                            Bigmista's is also excellent! NDAI ! I just do not get BBBBQ, What people see in it, I gave it 4 chances and it is over priced, especially the beef ribs.

                            1. re: Burger Boy
                              Ogawak Sep 1, 2009 07:04 AM

                              Hey, BB:
                              I really appreciate your passion, etal. But the OP had a request, and we're here to help fulfill that request. Do you have recs for the OP? Bludso's, as great as it is, doesn't work here.

                    2. Ciao Bob Aug 31, 2009 09:15 AM

                      Bay Cities Deli

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                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        Azizeh Aug 31, 2009 11:56 PM

                        Bay Citites is closed on Mondays.

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                        homesick for food Aug 31, 2009 09:22 AM

                        What about Tajrish on Washington?

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                        1. re: homesick for food
                          westsidegal Aug 31, 2009 09:44 AM

                          tajrish is the closes persian, but, imho, the price/quality ratio and the price/quantity ratio are both poor.
                          imho, the best persian take-out is to be found farther north in westwood.
                          what is more important? having good food, having persian food, or having convenient food?

                          1. re: westsidegal
                            a_and_w Aug 31, 2009 09:52 AM

                            It's possible Darya or Javan might deliver to Lincoln and Venice.

                            1. re: a_and_w
                              westsidegal Aug 31, 2009 10:27 AM

                              if either of them would, in fact, deliver to Lincoln and Venice, that would be the ideal choice.

                        2. westsidegal Aug 31, 2009 09:26 AM

                          california chicken cafe
                          424 Lincoln Boulevard
                          Venice, CA 90291
                          (South of Rose, North of Venice Blvd.)

                          Tel: (310) 392-3500
                          Fax: (310) 392-3551

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                            Ogawak Aug 31, 2009 09:45 AM

                            I second Baby Blues for takeout, although a bit expensive for BBQ. Also Gallego's Mexican Deli.

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                            1. re: Ogawak
                              a_and_w Sep 1, 2009 08:30 AM

                              Gallegos is a great rec, but the OP should keep in mind that they close at 7pm.

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                              bulavinaka Aug 31, 2009 08:05 PM

                              Probably too late for tonite, but Lemonade on the northeast corner of Venice and Abbot Kinney is a very good choice for takeout. It's set up like a cafeteria, but the food is anything but institutional. Excellent choice of prepared salads (literally dozens of unique choices), optional protein additions like seared ahi, chicken breast, salmon, or bay shrimp. Hot or cold sandwiches (grilled manchego, braised pork, short rib mac&cheese, red miso short rib), various roasts and stews, soups, simple but great desserts, and many unique non-alcoholic drink choices.

                              The place has been very busy since opening a few weeks ago, but the lines go pretty fast and the service in general is good.


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                                homesick for food Sep 1, 2009 09:35 AM

                                Thanks everyone-- We did get delivery from Javan, & it was superlative! Happy chowing...HFF.

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