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We were up in San Luis Obispo for the Thursday night farmer's market and they've got these serious BBQ set-ups in the street doing the Santa Maria thing - tri-tip and ribs - and I had a total yen to try some beef ribs. I wouldn't admit this to my friends, most of whom have only contempt for anyone who would choose a beef rib when pork ribs were available - but I think comparing beef ribs and baby backs is like comparing sirloin steak and salmon steak - a completely different animal (literally.)

Anyway - back to SLO. There were two places selling single ribs for $2.50, and they wound up giving me two and three ribs respectively (I shared with family). Meaty, smoky, sauced up and truly terrific. The third place might have been the best - it was a Chinese joint that was dishing up chow mein but they had beef ribs - $3.00 each - and mine was huge, meaty, tender and barely dusted with a little hoisin sauce. Incredible flavor.

But now - back in Santa Monica - I want that experience close to home. Not that many BBQ places do beef ribs. Mr. Cecil's does, and I had one last night - it was good, kind of pulled away from the bone but tender, sweet sauce on the side. At $3.50 for a single rib, kinda steep. Then there's that place on Lincoln, Bennie's BBQ I think? that had a beef rack I really liked - vinegary sauce, lots of meat, a little fatty. Not a lot of people like that place but I'd go back there.

So finally the question: any other beef rib fans out there? Where's the awesome spot? Bonus points if it's within shouting distance of the west side. But I'm ready to travel for the real deal.

Thanks - BIM

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  1. Only place I've had acceptable beef ribs is at Lucille's BBQ, and sometimes they can be hit or miss.

    Good beef ribs are hard to come by because people prefer pork ribs and poor beef ribs are tough and chewy, they don't cook them long enough. Also when you consider standing rib roasts are sold with the ribs, there doesn't seem to be an abundance of beef ribs even at the supermarket and if they do have them, they 've been trimmed pretty close so there's not much meat.

    1. Dr. Hogly Wogly's has the best beef ribs I've ever had anywhere. I know many 'hounds are divided over the Doctor's pork ribs, but I've never heard anyone complain about his beef ones, which are simply divine.

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      1. re: Arthur

        But Dr. Hogly Wogly's sounds so much better than Dr. Beefy Weefy's.

        I remember beef ribs being quite good there.

        1. re: Arthur

          The beef ribs at the Dr.'s were tough and not very meaty. For $50 (for 2) I was quite disappointed. A long way to go (Panorama City) for a very so-so meal. There are too many better places, Tasty Q BBQ for one at HALF the price. OK, no atmosphere, but the food was great.

        2. Phillips - any of their 3 or 4 locations - would qualify as the best beef ribs I've had in LA. I like them with mixed sauce. Hot is too much, and mild is too little. Mixed is just right.... Note that they don't have medium. They have mixed. I don't know where this comes from or why its so, but it is indeed so.

          While you're waiting for your food, someone might ask for medium, and you'll hear what I've just laid out for you first hand. And you can be glad it was someone else who asked for medium, and not you.

          But rituals aside, these ribs are really good. Baby backs, too, but I like the beef ribs. I've had the ribs in SLO at the farmers market too. Yummy.

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          1. I know exactly what you are talking about...Mrs. TravelPath and I crave these ribs done in the Santa Maria BBQ style...they are very good. I have looked in SoCal for something similar to no avail...I am afraid you will have to go to SLO or Santa Maria for these!...You may want to try Dr. Hogley Wogley...their ribs can be quite good.

            1. Baby Blues in either Venice/Marina Del Rey or WeHo does very good beef ribs. They are a big seller so sometimes they run out, which always bums me out.

              Baby Blues BBQ
              444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              Baby Blues BBQ
              7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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              1. re: Servorg

                You wouldn't assume this but Awash, the Ethiopian place on Pico, near Fairfax, does really incredible char-grilled beef ribs. I absolutely recommend people give 'em a shot.

                5990 1/2 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                1. re: odub

                  To follow-up with my own review: we went to Awash again recently and got the ribs again. I think the order is 4 ribs for less than $20. Might have been less than $15 actually but I cant remember.

                  This time, they were still delicious BUT a bit too charred, as if they had been left on longer than they should have. It wasn't like charcoal but could have been better.

                  I still think beef rib fans should give Awash a shot, especially if other folks in your party like great Ethiopian food too!

                2. re: Servorg

                  I second Baby Blues for their beef ribs. They are very meaty, like steaks on a stick (the bone) and delish.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    I've had Baby Blues BBQ on my radar for a while and finally went. Boy, was I disappointed. I opted for a single rib at $13!, the rib platter (still only 1 rib) was $20 or $21. These prices are BS. The place is a dump and the rib was fatty and tasteless. I wouldn't mind the setting if the food was great, but it was far from it. Cute waitresses, but that's no consolation for so-so food. Boy do I miss "Dem Bones" from West L.A. Great food at a decent price. Boo hoo. Don't waste your hard earned money at BB BBQ. Two words; Rip Off.

                    Baby Blues BBQ
                    444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                    1. re: Urbanman

                      Holy *%$! Even Claim Jumper gives you FOUR beef ribs for $20. Is there at least a half-pound of beef attached to the darned thing for that money? I'll keep doing mine at home thanks.

                      1. re: Midlife

                        I haven't been there in a little over a year, but I believe you can still get a plate overflowing with FIVE of Dr. Hogly Wogly's spectacularly enormous, meaty, scrumptious beef ribs for under $20. (And they come with bread and two side dishes.)

                        1. re: Arthur

                          Trekked all the way out there from South OC with my son one day because of reviews here. Thought the pork ribs and brisket were very good, but not earth-shattering (maybe it was the long drive). Beef ribs were for the next visit, which hasn't happened yet.

                          1. re: Midlife

                            Midlife - Sorry you missed out. Like I indicated higher up on this thread, I think the beef ribs are Dr. Hogly Wogly's most celebrated, least disputed menu item. Make sure to order them next time you go, at least as part of one of their combo plates.

                      2. re: Urbanman

                        Yes, the Venice BB is carefully maintained as a "dump," and the prices are too high, but for me, Urbanman, "the rib was fatty and tasteless" is the key point in your post. I had the same experience with their beef rib and won't even get into the stringy brisket (for which I hope that sad-looking homeless person at the filling station down the street has forgiven me).

                        1. re: Harry Nile

                          Just had to chime in - I've given Baby Blues a few tries - and found it to be very disappointing. A long wait on top of it. Overpriced. You can fool some of the people all the time and they've been doing it for years.

                          1. re: foodiemahoodie

                            Better late than never, and how terribly true. Decent greens, but lousy ribs, horrifyingly mushy "pulled" brisket ... food that would be put on trial in Texas or the South. Someone should tell them, "It's all over now, Baby Blues."

                    2. Aww, your post brings back great memories of visiting my friend in SLO and going to the Monday night street BBQ. I agree that the beef ribs are amazing. I had some pretty good ones at Baby Blues a couple of weeks ago but they charged $15 a rib. A bit fatty and I didn't think worth it but they would do in a pinch. Gotta get back up to SLO soon.

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                        1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                          Do not encourage BBBQ, they beef ribs are weak! The guy had some bs about premium angus extra thick beef short ribs, whatever! I think they were very fatty and not worth the extra price. I got the combo and when I asked for the beef ribs as one choice I was told it was $3 more, I think it was $3.

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            You and I had very different experiences at BBBQ. I've had their beef ribs several times and they have never been fatty or weak. They were very good each time.

                            1. re: rednyellow

                              For reasons unknown BB (maybe it's the commonality of the initials?) has it in for Baby Blue's. As I have said before and will say again, Baby Blues is in that same category of restaurants in which Beach 26 exists. Very good local places that I will always go to since they are near me. If I lived across the "LA Expanse" from them I would not make a special trip to go to either of them (but would find as local as possible to me "substitutes" that I liked to fill the void).

                              1. re: Servorg

                                But, Burger Boy worships 26 Beach ?

                                1. re: monku

                                  It's a puzzlement (as Yul Brenner said)...

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    Hey, theymake a great burger! When was the last time you had a burger there and which one did you have?

                                    1. re: monku

                                      I do love their Burgers, Salads & French toasts! You can keep the pizzas!

                                    2. re: Servorg

                                      I just never liked their BB BBQ, maybe because I LOVED 4J's so much more, the place that preceeded BB, amazing authentic southern BBQ, and out of this world smoked wings! A great place that had they been around a little longer with all the internet blogs & tweeting they would still be there.

                                      1. re: Burger Boy

                                        Texas burger. It was good, but not the very best quality in terms of the meat. Like I keep saying, I like 26 - but it just isn't at the very pinnacle of burger places in LA as far as I have experienced.

                                    3. re: rednyellow

                                      Ditto. The Texas beef ribs are enormous and very good.

                                      Also, believe it or not, Banderas has solid beef ribs; you have to order them off the menu.

                                      1. re: rednyellow

                                        Just telling it like I see it! And the additional charge for the beef ribs, come on!

                                    4. re: ExtraCheesePlease

                                      I saw the picture on their web site and they were big short ribs. Well, short ribs can be very good, but short ribs and back ribs are totally different, yet both are beef ribs. I think what the original poster is talking about are beef back ribs, the byproduct of boneless ribeye roasts. The problem is that ribeye roasts are sold at a premium, while the ribs are almost a discard item ($0.88/lb at Superior Markets). Whereas short ribs are sold as a premium item. Theus the difference in price and perceived value. I will say that short ribs are very difficult to overcook due to the fat, while back ribs are quite easy to overcook. And whole short ribs have as much meat as 2 or 3 back ribs, easily justifying a considerably higher price.

                                      1. re: ganeden

                                        I believe BB BBQ uses the short ribs!

                                    5. Try Bludso's in Compton but they only have the beef on the weekend. Dr. Hogly Wogly has a good beef rib. JnJ Burgers & BBQ on Adams has good beef ribs. One last place, Grandpa Fred's in the Valley.

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                                      1. re: Burger Boy

                                        hogly wogly sucks, it's a non-chain version of tony roma's at best.

                                        but anyhow, mom's bbq in the valley will do in a pinch.

                                        i have heard good things about grandpa fred's

                                        j n j i do like (i believe you were one of the early proponents of that joint) and they have some of the best slices of sweet potato pie around. do they ever have that peach cake or pie anymore?

                                        also, Phillip's bbq is great for beef ribs as well as mom's bbq on imperial in south la.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Long before J Gold was talking about J n J, that was MY place..LOL Great guy, great family, great food! I do not think his mom is make as many desserts these days due to health issues, maybe Jay's wife is doing the pies.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            Mom's beef ribs are okay but can't begin to compare to Tony Roma's. Mom's don't have enough meat on them and can be a bit chewy and not cooked thoroughly. When I get them I ask that they give me the sauce separately.They pour way too much on.
                                            OTOH, at Roma's. I order 2 full slabs well done (so that they're not raw at the bone) and basted in their red hot sauce. The ribs are much meatier with some fat but almost no gristle and they're not floating in sauce.
                                            I pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and the tender juicy meat falls off the bone. Superb.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              Interesting opinion, Kevin. Mine is just the opposite. While I love Mom's in the valley, Roma's beef ribs are far superior.

                                              1. re: mucho gordo

                                                it's the weekend! you need to go to bludso's for their beef ribs.

                                                1. re: raizans

                                                  When I was young and foolish (and gas was cheaper) I'd think nothing of schlepping to Compton from NoHo just for some ribs.
                                                  I'll have to wait until they open up here or I move there.

                                          2. Wow Baby Blues is right near by - been there a few times but didn't even know that had beef ribs. Going tomorrow. I'll try to hit some of these other places in the weeks to come. Thanks.

                                            1. The Beef Ribs at Spring Street Smokehouse isn't all that bad.


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                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                Ipse, I hav BIG respect for you and your reviews but "isn't all that bad" is not what I expect from a great hound like yourself! Give me GREAT!

                                              2. Well it sounds like 'hounds have given you a few options to try, so you might as well make a Chow Tour out of all the options and I'll throw in another venue for you to try in your quest: Joey's Bar-B-Cue in Chino. Run by Joey today, but started by his parents who were orginaly from Texas, and Texas is known for its beef 'Q.

                                                I really like their beef ribs, meaty, smokey, tender but not "falling off the bone", which in my opinion is overcooked. Go to Joey's original location on a Saturday evening (which is in an old farm house) and after eating saunter out back and you can sit and listen to a singing cowboy under a big tree (and pick up some cold beer at the back window).

                                                A rib dinner which comes with your choice of Baked Potato, Baked Yam or a Veg-A-Bob (a variety of charbroiled vegetables on a skewer) and a choice of Cole Slaw, Bar-B-Q Beans, Corn on the Cobb, French Fries, Yam Fries, Homemade Potato Chips or Homemade Potato Salad will run you about $20, or just a whole rack of beef ribs will run $24.


                                                1. While I favor the sliced beef with mild sauce for lunch, with an extra beef link and coleslaw on the side, many mates love the beef ribs at Phillips. I like the branch on Crenshaw just south of Adams, mostly because there is an outdoor counter. New branch in Chino, at least the sign says. Tried it yet CWayne?

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                                                  1. re: ickster

                                                    Oh man, didn't know it was here, definitely need to track it down. We will be getting some of their 'Q and I will report back.

                                                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                      They arrived in Chino on the "Q.T." obviously...

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Servog, we agree to disagree on BB BBQ but on Phillip's I can say no wrong, almost! LOL

                                                      2. re: ChinoWayne

                                                        Chino, good to see you posting, hope all is well and get back in the game, more chow time! LOL

                                                      3. re: ickster

                                                        Used to be Clarks BBQ until Phillips bought it.

                                                      4. FYI. wherever you go and order a "full rack" of beef ribs make sure you get 7 ribs. I've been served 6 many times and have to ask for the 7th.

                                                        1. Yes, the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, on Ventura just a coupla blocks east of Woodman, and PLEASE do not confuse the place with Mr. Cecil's, which is dreadful.

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                                                          1. re: carter

                                                            I've been several times at Mr. Cecil's and maybe it has been just luck or good timing, but their beef ribs were actually pretty delicious. Their pork ribs were a bit on the dry side though.

                                                          2. If you happen to be in downtown Culver City with an overwhelming craving for beef ribs and can't drive anywhere else, Santa Maria BBQ on Culver Blvd. (between the movie theater and city hall, on south side of street) has beef ribs.


                                                            They are not the kind of thing I'd drive for but if I was desperate for beef ribs and was there, I'd order them. As I did today after reading this thread.

                                                            I prefer the vinegar-sauce-soaked succulent kind ... these are a little more... smoky and less moist (though I wouldn't say they're dry) with a sauce you add that is a more western-tasting sauce than what I associate with the more humid, languid parts of the South.

                                                            1. Haven't been to Jay Bee's BBQ for a while but I remembered they had these really big beefy ribs. I'm not a fan of beef, but they were tasty.

                                                              1. OP here - so I tried the beef rib at Baby Blues on Lincoln yesterday as reccommended above. It's completely bizarre. The thing costs $15 and is the size of a football. I was pretty excited when I saw it - huge and black - sitting on the grill getting licked by flames. A guy would dab sauce on it occasionally and turn it.

                                                                BUT...it was just not that good. The meat had very little flavor and seemed stringy and overcooked. It was just not fun to eat - I think the size of it kept the insides from having much flavor and it had a grainy, brisket-y feel. The outside seemed burnt but not crispy - and worst there was NO SMOKE FLAVOR at all - not even much BEEF flavor. I couldn't eat very much of it, and what I did eat I had to drench in sauce for it to have any appeal.

                                                                You know, this happened before here: I was doing a sandwich blog and someone recc'd Baby Blue's pulled pork sandwich and I remember it just not having much flavor. Again, no smoke whatever - just texture and cole slaw on a bun. I know this place is popular - maybe I hit a bad day - but I'm starting to wonder.

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                                                                1. re: BIM

                                                                  try the beef ribs at phillips next

                                                                  1. re: BIM

                                                                    Nope, it's just overrated. People rave about it because of a lack of BBQ on the westside. Go to Bludso's or Phillips or BigMista's (though no Beef Ribs here).

                                                                    1. re: mdpilam

                                                                      Bigmista's has experimented with beef ribs I believe the last two weeks. Sold out every time. He does charge $5/bone but the bones have about 1/2 pound of meat on them. I don't know if they're going to become a regular menu item or not.

                                                                      On Sunday a couple of his customers from Eagle Rock (Friday nights) came looking for more at Atwater.

                                                                    2. re: BIM

                                                                      Sitting on the grill, licked by flames? They don't actually barbeque (smoke, in a wood fired pit over indirect heat)? What kind of bs barbeque is that, Baby Blues?

                                                                      Stay on the quest BIM, there definitely are better beef ribs to be had out there.

                                                                      1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                                        Smoker first, then finished on the grill...

                                                                        1. re: silence9

                                                                          Well that might be a little more acceptable, but basting with sauce while on the grill, more than once, tsk tsk tsk... seems like they are masking something. My preference is to never sauce the meat while smoking or grilling, just paint some sauce on the meat after removing from the cooking vessel, if sauce it you must. ;-)

                                                                          1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                                            CW, the long bone ribs (which were the last ones I tried at BB's and which were great) don't get any sauce on them by the restaurant. You are free to sauce, or not to sauce, as is your personal pleasure. My assumption is that the grilling is done to the smoked ribs to impart some immediate heat and a bit of caramelizing before they get served up to the diner.

                                                                            1. re: silence9

                                                                              That is another issue with me, I think they need to smoke them longer, oh well.

                                                                          2. re: BIM

                                                                            well, if it was grilled as you say then of course there should be no smoke flavor.

                                                                              1. re: BIM

                                                                                I recently tried Stonefire Grill babyback ribs. All you could taste was smoke flavor. They were dry ( the sauce they give you was too sweet for me)and had no meat taste whatsoever.
                                                                                Their caesar salad is excellent as is their pepper-garlic tri-tip and you can't go wrong with their breadsticks. Try their tri-tip steak sandwich with carmelized oniopns and gorgonzola. I'd go back just for that.

                                                                              2. It may be sacrilege to mention here, but the beef ribs at Claim Jumper are usually very good. $20 for about 5, I think.. ... sounds pretty standard. OTOH, I usually buy them at any market for around $6 and do it myself when the wife is away for dinner.

                                                                                Didn't like them at Lucille's, but I didn't like much there except the sides.

                                                                                1. As others have said Phillips is the best. Love the beef ribs, the chicken links are the bomb, and their sliced beef is good too. I go to the one on Crenshaw and Adams, but since you are on the westside, I would go to the one on Centenila just passed LaCienega. Also Woody's on LaBrean in Inglewood is just as good it is the same family. As to the sauces, If you like it really hot get the hot sauce. Sicne we ususally order a lot we usually get the sauce on the side and get both the hot and mild and mix it ourselve. Don't forget that they serve white bread with it.
                                                                                  If you go, I would order ahead, that way you don't have to wait too long. Their menu is online.

                                                                                  Went to JnJ and they were out of ribs

                                                                                  Haven't tried Bludso yet, but we stopped by and got a menu. Hubby said the people their are really nice.

                                                                                  Oh by the way, Ribs USA in Burbank has really good beef ribs.

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                                                                                  1. re: paprkutr

                                                                                    Just did Bludso's. Get the beef brisket, the links and the pork ribs be sure to do sauce on the side. They only do the beef ribs on saturday or sunday.

                                                                                    1. re: paprkutr

                                                                                      I am still convinced this is the Best BBQ in LA.

                                                                                      Definitely get the Texas Sampler with sauce on the side.

                                                                                        1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                                          Bludso's. The beef rib is good, meaty but a bit fatty.

                                                                                          But their BBQ is damn good, best rib tips ever.

                                                                                          1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                            Try the rib tips at J n J and let me know what you think. I love his rib tips!

                                                                                    2. Hi BIM the OP here - so today I went to Philip's (on Centinela) and split the 4 beef rib dinner with my cousin. Asked for mixed sauce (thank you CulverJack).

                                                                                      Truly good beef ribs - tasty and fun to eat, and I wish I'd had all 4 to myself. If I was going to say anything at all, I might say that the beef flavor was a little too subtle for the overwhelming sauce. The meat was very moist, almost like it had a touch of steam, and the ribs were awash in the vinegary sauce which - don't get me wrong - was very good.

                                                                                      Though not quite the Santa Maria intense oak-smoked ribs I had last week, I think these are worth a repeat visit.

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                                                                                      1. re: BIM

                                                                                        you know the mixed sauce is great with the beef ribs...but not so much so for me with the pork ribs...is it better to get the hot sauce only with the pork?

                                                                                      2. Never one to shy away from an opportunity, I visited this fine little establishment with the missus last week. Previously, I had trekked up to Panarama City to Dr. Hogley Wogleys (tasty but tough) and also sampled Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln in Santa Monica (expensive, fatty and tasteless), now it was time to go to the hood and track down some downhome cookin'. Tasty Q's did not disappoint. Plenty of ribs. I ordered the half-rack of beef ribs, which came with 2 sides and 6 ribs. This cost me a whoppin 10 bucks. I ordered baked beans and slaw for my sides and both were super tasty. The little lady ordered a beef rib sandwich, which really wasn't a sandwich, just a smaller version of what I had and 1 side. She enjoyed it also and her meal, which was plenty for her, set me back 7 bucks. You order through a little window and in a few minutes you get the goods through that same window and bring it back to your little table. The place looks like it was a former Taco Bell, but so what. The food is GREAT. Tasty and tender, just like God intended And you can't beat the price. Being white folk we might have felt a little anxious about going to So. Crenshaw at night, but don't worry. The area's fine. The people who run the place are super nice and were pleased that we loved the cookin'. Phillips is up the street and we'll check it out also. I'm looking for the best. So far, Tasty Q's has my nod. $20 including Cokes and we were happy campers and well fed. If you like good food at a great price, this is it. Be a little adventurous and head down to 30th & Crenshaw. You can thank me later. For now, just enjoy a really good meal.

                                                                                        Tasty Q Bar-B-Que
                                                                                        2959 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

                                                                                        Baby Blues BBQ
                                                                                        7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                                                                                        1. I treked out to Van Nuys on my unending quest for meaty, tender beef ribs. Didn't find them here. Not very much meat and boy were they tough. What happened to cooking them at low-medium heat for hours until the meet comes easily comes off the bone? The sides were good. Really good slaw and the baked beans were tastey. Nice people working there, but I went for the beef ribs. Might try it again since many people talk them up. Check out my review of Tasty Q's BBQ on Crenshaw. If you're tired of dropping 50 bucks for a so-so rib dinner for 2, try $20 and get the real thing at Tasty Q's.

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                                                                                          1. re: Urbanman

                                                                                            Assuming you're dis is of Hogly Wogly's - which I totally concur. Maybe it's because I remember them in their heyday in the early 80s, but imho, they're should be a downhill alert posted about their beef ribs. Meaty, but any taste comes from the sauce, and not from the meat.

                                                                                            As for Tasty Q - I also agree, although a little less wholeheartedly. When they're on, they're great. But I've also had some experiences of ribs that were more fat than meat. Not often, but it shouldn't have happened.

                                                                                            1. re: Briggs

                                                                                              In their day Hogly's Beef ribs were the bomb! Haven't found any better. Since we moved from Sherman Oaks to TO we don't get there too often, but the last two times we made it there were disappointin. The beef ribs were good, but just a shadow of what they were. And the brisket, which also blew our socks off, was fatty and tough. Brisket tough, not acceptable.

                                                                                              I guess I'll just have to be content remember HW's from the good old days when we brought home bags of ribs and brisket and feasted for days!!

                                                                                              1. re: LesThePress

                                                                                                I have been going to Dr's for decades and have noticed a lack of consistency the last ten years or so. Last month I attended a small gathering at the Dr's in the afternoon and while the service was excellent, the brisket was dry and the ribs tough. This past weekend I attended a party catered by Dr HW and the brisket was as good as it ever was...so were the ribs and the chicken was incredible...and I don't like BBQ chicken!! So this afternoon, I had a co-worker (who has time to go out for lunch...I don't) bring me back some brisket and beef ribs...the ribs were fair but the brisket was outstanding.

                                                                                                So, I think it is a hit or miss situation...when it is good (and it often is) it is very good...when it is not...well!

                                                                                                1. re: TravelPath

                                                                                                  I think there are new owners in the last few years. My brisket has been very good over the years, maybe I am lucky, who knows. I used to get the beef ribs but have not for a long time, no particular reason.

                                                                                          2. I agree that the Phillips south of the 10 fwy on Crenshaw is pretty solid.

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                                                                                            1. re: tenxtone76

                                                                                              The best beef ribs I have eaten in LA has been at Tulsa Rib Company, but you have to drive all the way to Orange to get them. I generally love pork ribs more at most places, but when I go to Tulsa Rib, the beef ribs are the best!!!!

                                                                                            2. Just tried BigMista's newest menu items. Huge beef ribs and boneless chicken thighs. Someone described the beef ribs as "Flintstone sized". And they were tender with a lot of flavorful rub. I got to El Segundo at 5 PM and got the last ones. Their tenderness reminded me of his excellent brisket. And my wife is happy he is offering chicken, which was some of the best BBQ chicken I've had.

                                                                                              I'm still partial to his brisket and port ribs, but the beef ribs and chicken are a welcome addition to the menu. And Mrs. Mista said she would bring her mac & cheese next week to El Segundo.

                                                                                              I highly recommend the beef, but he does seem to run out quickly. Follow him on his Twitter account.

                                                                                              1. i'm more of a pork spare rib guy, but the best beef ribs i've found were from bludso's. they are succulent, tender, trimmed of just the right amount of excess fat, well seasoned (only salt and black pepper, i think), and smoked just so.

                                                                                                bigmista's bbq is smoked too much, obscuring the flavor of the meat, and the texture is inconsistent. if you're so inclined to use sauce, it contains an inordinate amount of onion powder. however, their collard greens are the best!

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                                                                                                1. re: aizan

                                                                                                  You're a new poster, aizan, so I don't know your tastes, yet. How many times have you been to Big Mista, and what have you had? You say that "bigmista's bbq is smoked too much" -- are you talking about the beef ribs? I'm sensitive to over-smoking but have never had the problem there with brisket, pork ribs, or pulled pork. I can't say anything about the beef ribs or the sauce you didn't like, having never had either.

                                                                                                  If you've gone only once and ate only one thing, perhaps Big Mista had a Famous Dave's moment. (It happens. ;-) Otherwise, I can't explain your inability to taste the flavor of the meat, because on numerous occasions I've tasted and greatly enjoyed the meats, their juice, and the (appropriate amount of) smoke.

                                                                                                  1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                                                    Famous Dave's, that is funny! I think Dave is still out of his meatballs and crab melt.

                                                                                                    Famous Dave's
                                                                                                    27500 W Lugonia Ave, Redlands, CA 92374

                                                                                                    1. re: Burger Boy

                                                                                                      wait what's famous dave's is this a restaurant or sub shoppe?

                                                                                                    2. re: Harry Nile

                                                                                                      just once to try the spare ribs and brisket. so dry, tough, and hard that i had no inclination to go again, even if their collard greens are the best i've found. maybe the problems with texture on that occasion were related to the excessive smokiness.

                                                                                                      since they just put beef ribs on the menu, i'll have to go back, though i'm a little skeptical after reading other people's experiences. sometimes they say it's great, sometimes it's dry, sometimes it's "mushy."

                                                                                                      1. re: aizan

                                                                                                        "sometimes they say it's great, sometimes it's dry, sometimes it's 'mushy.'"

                                                                                                        Yeah, 4,152, 811 say "great"; 1 drily says "superb"; and 1 says "mushy."

                                                                                                        I'm just pulling your leg, aizan. Here on chowhound you have both the expected right to your dissenting opinion and (if you're a real 'hound) a natural obligation to express it. So you're where you should be.

                                                                                                        Nevertheless, your experience is very different from anything I've had at Big Mista over the past year, and this summer I spent much time touring Texas, the South, and the Midwest seeing clearly that our Mista ranks with some of the best temples of the BBQ Belt. The only thing they seem to be missing is the snarling service of a certain place in KC that has been too well known for too long and the tired meats of a New Orleans joint that should never have been franchised out of Memphis.

                                                                                                        When you go back, tell Neil -- Big Mista -- about your first experience. (He's the large guy who's usually swinging a heavy, sharp meat cleaver. ;-) Ask him to recommend his best for that day. Neil is a very friendly entrepreneur who's interested in his customers and more than willing to solve problems. Let us know how it goes.

                                                                                                        And welcome to chowhound!

                                                                                                        1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                                                          Got a couple Big Mista beef ribs this morning. $4 each because he said they were kind of small this week from the butcher, otherwise $5 each. Tender and comes off the bone clean, then cut it with a knife and eat it like a steak. Fred Flintstone would be in heaven. Picked up a rack of pork ribs too.

                                                                                                    3. re: aizan

                                                                                                      Bigmista's Barbecue does not use onion powder in any of their seasonings or sauces.

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

                                                                                                    4. Am I the only one who thinks Tony Roma's (Encino) beef ribs are the best around? Get them well done ( if not well done, the meat is damn near raw at the bone) and basted in their 'red hot' sauce. Take home a slab or 2 (comes with 2 sides), stick a couple in the microwave and the meat falls off the bone. Succulent!

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                                                                                                      1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                        When we have needed a rib fix in the past, our local Tony Roma's was part of the rotation, and I did enjoy their beef ribs much more than their pork ribs for the meatiness, and flavor, and always slathered some of their hottest sauce on them. Their hot wings with their hottest sauce were also enjoyable, and of course we were suckers for the onion loaf, and last, but not least you could get a stiff drink there.

                                                                                                        Buuuuut, this was by no means pit barbecue. Has anyone ever seen or smelled smoke coming out of any Tony Roma's? Ever noticed a smoke ring on the meat? And, at least for my sensibility, I don't want barbecue with meat "falling off the bone", tender, yes, but firmly on the bone with some "bite" to it.

                                                                                                        Alas, Tony's does not seem to be doing so well these days and has closed up shop in these parts and who knows, all of the branches of Tony Roma's might disappear, just as Love's did. Now THAT was good, real pit barbecue, loved, loved, loved Love's beef short ribs, and their baby backs, and their sliced pork and their chicken, and their beans and their coleslaw.

                                                                                                        1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                                                                          Thanks for reminding me about Love's. Truly, they were the best. It boggles the mind how the good ones die out and the bad live on.

                                                                                                          1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                            It is a shame when the good ones fade away, but there are always new gems to find out there, although, nothing ever replaces the memories of good ood enjoyed in our distant past.

                                                                                                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                                                                              All is not lost. You just have to want Love's enough to travel a bit:


                                                                                                              Are there NO Love's locations in the US? This link shows a franchise office in Brea.

                                                                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                Virtually the same menu as always on the web site, wonder how that "translates" to the Indonesian palate, I'll never find out.

                                                                                                      2. If you are tooling around the Valley on a Saturday afternoon and you want some tasty beef ribs stop by Handy Market at Magnolia and Buena Vista in Burbank. They have a BBQ set up in their parking lot that doles out some mighty fine Q. I've liked everything I've tried there but I never stop without getting some beef ribs. I do sauce on the side, but that's how I roll. I also always get grilled corn on the cob. The beef ribs are thick and meaty. It's a Gnawers paradise.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Fryboy

                                                                                                          Thanks for the tip, Fryboy. Yeah, I prefer sauce on the side, too. Do they sell it by the slab? At Roma's I usually get 2 slabs (about 14-16 ribs) for about 17.00@

                                                                                                          1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                            They sell all ribs and chicken by the pound. I've never gotten less than a half slab. I can't remember the exact price but it is reasonable. Don't forget the corn! Let me know if you try it. Another tip: Buy a chicken, put it in the fridge and the next day you can make some of the best chicken salad you're every had. ENJOY!

                                                                                                            1. re: Fryboy

                                                                                                              You've confused me. How many pounds / ribs to a half slab?

                                                                                                            2. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                              Is that $17 for two slabs, or for each?

                                                                                                              1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                                                                                It looks like that is a per slab price (and is probably a little low per the pricing reflected on the Internet). Below is pricing starting with single order, half slab and finally a full slab.

                                                                                                                The Original Baby Back Ribs: 13.99 16.99 19.99
                                                                                                                St. Louis Ribs: 11.99 14.99 17.99
                                                                                                                Bountiful Beef Ribs: 13.99 16.99 19.99

                                                                                                            3. I've been trying a lot of bbq's lately, and we only eat beef ribs. The best is still Phillips on Crenshaw and Adams. Get their ribs and beef and their chicken sausage is really good too. They have mild and spicy sauce and we get it on the side.
                                                                                                              Bludso's is good on Long Beach Blvd, and Alondra, liked their beef and chicken links, they only have beef ribs on the weekend. They were good but not great.
                                                                                                              Just went to JnJ Bbq on Adams near La Cienega, the ribs were good and the sauce was good, my only complaint that their wasn't much meat on the ribs. Their hamburgers look good. Also, you can't buy meat buy the half pound, where you can at Phillips.