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Oct 26, 2009 10:51 AM

Mr. Cecil's Ribs, Manhattan Beach

Just want to alert you to a great new restaurant in the South Bay. Mr. Cecil's Ribs was a real eye opener. Supurb dry rub barbeque (sauce available on each table but better without it), particularly the beef ribs. The St. Louis syle pork ribs were also excellent, as were the surprisingly good side salads and fresh "twice cooked" fries. I can't wait to go back to try the other dishes.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the prevailing opinion on this board seems to swing the other way (Mr Cecil's is a chain).

    Have you tried Bludso's or Phillips?

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Nope. I'm not bohemian enough to travel too far to get BBQ, particularly with the dearth of decent restaurants in the Beach Cities. Maybe my attraction stems from the fact that I'm not a lather-on-the-sauce affectionado. The dry rub lets you really taste the meat.

      1. re: stevedi

        On Thursdays (see: ) you wouldn't have to get too bohemian or travel very far to stop by the El Segundo Farmers Market for Big Mista's great ribs (and brisket, pulled pork, etc.). If you try them, please let us know how they compare to Mr. Cecil's.

        1. re: Harry Nile

          Went to Big Mista's for the first time last Thursday and it did not disappoint. Their brisket is some of the best I've had outside of Austin.

      2. re: Das Ubergeek

        Mr. Cecil's is a chain of 3, meaning Pico, Sherman Oaks, and now MB.
        Still, the prevailing opinions are still accurate!!!
        Have to feel it will be better received in MB than it has been in Sherman Oaks.

      3. I went there last week, found the ribs good not great. Rib quality is comparable to the Pico location, but ambience is much nicer and price is higher at the MB location. It's worth a visit if you are craving ribs and happen to live in MB, but it's not worth a drive.

        1. Not a huge Mr. Cecil's fan after a couple of visits to one of their valley locations... Big Mista is also at the Torrance Farmer's Market on Tuesday mornings (last I checked) and their ribs would be the only thing I'd order again.

          While this is a chain, I have actually enjoyed ordering the baby backs at Lucille's on one occasion. I do prefer it with their original bbq sauce on it better.

          Maybe I'll need to give Mr. C's another try... if not just for their twice cooked fries....

          1. mr. cecil's doesn't even smoke their meats, much less use a dry rub. it tastes like soy sauce and sugar. the texture is a bit...stretchy, but otherwise acceptable.

            bigmista is a much better local option, though not among my favorites.

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            1. re: aizan

              "......bigmista is a much better local option, though not among my favorites."
              Having found Big Mista's to be really good barbq I'm left wondering what your favorites are?

              1. re: sel

                let's see...

                places i would not hesitate to return: bludso's, the park's finest, nate's, mom's (the one on imperial. i know there's an unrelated mom's in van nuys.), j 'n' j, and bodacious.

                places i would think twice about: old fashioned flavor, bigmista's, phillips, jay bee's, woody's, territory, everywhere else.