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Perdue's BBQ is great -- Pasadena

My folks just moved to Pasadena and for awhile I was content with BBQ from the nearby Whole Foods on Arroyo (don't laugh WH comes from Austin) but that didn't last long. Their Q strangely tastes mostly of water.

I'm here to report that chowhound let me down. I've been on her for 8 years and have high expectations. Perdue's BBQ wasn't on these boards but it was on some others with high reviews. I've now been 3 times in two weeks. Phillips is my favorite Q in LA and now Perdue's is my second.

Perdue's pork spare ribs are dark, meaty, crusty and delicious. They come with crunchy buttery garlicky Texas toast. The red beans and rice is the best I've had in LA. Better than Harold and Bell's. The beef ribs were not my favorite. I didn't try the baby backs and the rib tips were very good. The make their own red velvet cake!

Perdue's has been open for over a year. The friendly family running the place is from Arkansas.

456 E. Orange Grove, Pasadena, CA 91104
Phone: 626.229.0742 Fax: 626.628.0362
Email: bestq@perduesbbq.com

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Perdue's Q BBQ
456 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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  1. Thank you for this, Hershey. I will have to try it. Is this the place that is in the same strip mall as Village Pizzaria? It always looks closed to me. Glad to hear they are open. Can you eat in house or is it only to go?

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    1. re: WildSwede

      It is kinda hidden on the first floor of a new condo complex - ha ha. You can eat in and it's a comfy down home kinda vibe ( old photos and woven baskets on the walls) but the tv seems to always be on. Not loud but on.

      1. re: Hershey Bomar

        so you said none of the beef bbq here is good?

        is there pork sausage in the red bean and rice?

        1. re: kevin

          There isn't enough meat red beans for me and no sausage but it's still very tasty.

          I only had the beef ribs but they have a chopped beef sandwich too.

    2. That poor unfortunate building seems cleverly designed to hide whoever's in it - if the pizza place didn't have banners draped everywhere you'd never know it was there. I drive by that place at least twice a day and have NEVER noticed a BBQ place... and of course there's not much of anywhere to park, either. Now I know, I'll make an effort to check them out, especially after having been warned off of Big Mama's...

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      Big Mama
      1721 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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      1. re: Will Owen

        but someone did mentione that at Big Mama's is exceptional. for oyster po boys (not for bbq, of course, though).

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        Big Mama
        1721 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

        1. re: kevin

          I believe he just said it "took him back" to New Orleans as no other po' boy in these parts has, and then allowed as how it took a certain amount of imagination. I'd be game to give it a try, and probably will, but I'm in no hurry. I got no major NoLa itch to scratch.

        2. re: Will Owen

          There is parking behind (and under) the building. Plenty of it, too. You enter off Los Robles.

        3. Inspired by the posts to this thread, the wife and I went to Perdue's tonight. We were very, very pleased!!! Finally there is really good BBQ in the SGV! My wife ordered the brisket of beef sandwich, which had lots of tender and tasty thin-sliced beef piled in a Kaiser roll. I ordered the baby back dinner, which came with Texas toast and two sides. I chose the mac cheese and greens.

          The ribs were excellent. Really meaty and tender, and obviously smoked a long time with TLC. They didn't really need the sauce, but the sauce added another dimension. Nicely smoky with just the right amount of sweetness, it was very good. The mac cheese had plenty of cheese and also just the right crustiness. The greens were tasty too, with a nice kick to them. All in all the food was great. The young lady that was at the counter was very friendly and provided excellent service. We were lucky enough to find a parking space right in front. In my opinion, this place is well worth a visit - great BBQ, and finally at a place where we don't have to drive across town!

          1. took my family here on saturday night and while the quality and quantity of food was great, the friendly service was NOT happening for us! the girl behind the counter seemed bored and uninterested. we also could not get over that they have no soda except fruit flavored sodas and snapple... we got the baby back rib plate and the pulled pork sandwich and it's very sour-y for bbq, in my opinion. but the sides (mac and cheese; yams) were great and the quality of meat was good, too... at night, from the outside, the tall chairs in the restaurant almost make it look like the chairs are on top of the table for closing time.

            i'd also recommend taking out from this place, not eating there...

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            1. re: chon76

              Most of the better Q places in LA are takeout only.

              1. re: Hershey Bomar

                WOW. Good reviews...I'm shocked. Perdue's WAS on Western in L.A. at one time. After they were ranked #3 in L.A. via the Steve Harvey "Hoodie Awards" I gave them a shot & came away quite disappointed (as were many others). Maybe they have perfected their recipes (their side dishes were either straight out of the can or slightly modified Smart & Final) AND system.

            2. What a disappointment. This place doesn't compare to Philips. Got a sampler last night, brisket, pork ribs, chicken, hot link, short ribs - the only good thing I can say is that the meat is slow cooked and falls off the bone. The ribs had a lot of fat, which can be quite tasty when done right. But here it was just blobs of greasy fat tissue and really gross. Gooey raw sauce was unnecessarily slathered over much too smokey ribs, the "Texas Toast" was soggy and saturated with butter - I mean you could wring it out and butter another couple of slices. I was expecting baked beans and instead got chili beans (what the?) and the cole slaw? It has apples in it and tasted just like the junk your grandma made that you pushed around on the plate and only pretended to eat. The hot link was hot, flavor typical of any other hot link, but it was really dry. The brisket was just very thinly sliced, no particular flavor, with a nice, big ribbon of soft fat running along the top of each slice. Could have used a trim. Never got to the chicken - I was already feeling a bit queasy. I was hoping against hope that we might finally have another Robbie's Rib Cage, but not even close.

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              Perdue's Q BBQ
              456 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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              1. re: Poot728

                Can't argue with some one's opinion especially their BBQ opinion but I'm sick of people ranting about meat falling of the bone as if that's a good thing. Did grandma also serve you ribs made in a crock pot?

                In Jonathan Gold's, "Good to the Bone," review for PHILLIPS’ published on August 05, 2004 he wrote. "Ribs are often described as 'falling off the bone,' as if that state of wet, yielding misery were something to be desired, but the meat of Phillips’ ribs seems rather attached to its bones, clinging to them with a lover’s tenacity, embracing the smooth parabolas in a tight, smoky hug that yields only reluctantly to the teeth."

                I never get my ribs with the sauce on them. I get mine on the side. Just a tip.

                1. re: Hershey Bomar

                  in my experience, "falling off the bone" is a euphemism for succulent and tender. it doesn't actually fall apart or pull away from the bone like a good pot roast.

                  the first time i went to phillips, half of my order was "falling off the bone," the other half was tough and dry. the second time i went, everything was a little dry and quite chewy.

                  if i had to pick one place that has the best texture for pork spare ribs, it would be mom's on imperial. they're just like what mr. gold says of phillips, except they aren't dry and chewy.

                  1. re: Hershey Bomar

                    "Falling off the bone" just means very tender, so unbunch your panties. My point was that the only positive quality was that the ribs were tender. Not all rib joints drown their ribs in sauce - I enjoy it when it's cooked with the ribs and especially when it's carmelized on the grill. Being the first - and last - time at Perdue's I didn't expect it to be so bad.

                    1. re: Poot728

                      Or maybe "Falling off the bone" is a cliche used by people who don't really like BBQ but do like babyback ribs.

                      1. re: Hershey Bomar

                        Ha! Yes, it is a cliche in the sense that it's overused, but it's a pretty common expression that every BBQ lover knows - maybe "practically falling off the bone" would describe it better when the meaning is "sooo tender - but still on the bone"!!

                        As for everyones comments about the horrible service - their excuse Friday was that no one showed up for work. So here we have it: Surly or non-existent customer service, the ding-ding of a microwave reheating food, long waits, blaring TV, the taste of Smart & Final canned food. I agree that the quality of the meat itself is good, but the owners don't seem to care for either their customers or their employees. What a shame.

                        And I love love love barbecue - baby backs aren't my favorite, though. And my grandma didn't own a crockpot, but she always made those weird dishes like lime jello with celery and god-knows-what-else in it.

                        1. re: Poot728

                          "And my grandma didn't own a crockpot, but she always made those weird dishes like lime jello with celery and god-knows-what-else in it." I have not tasted that in over 40 years, but I can taste it now. Either we had the same grandma or that dish was normal!

                          Anyway, it looks to me like I can stop thinking up a good excuse to go to Perdue's. Probably a blessing...