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Jan 18, 2010 07:55 PM

Valley Ranch BBQ Closed?

Anyone know what happened to Valley Ranch BBQ in Van Nuys? I assume they have went out of business since their phone numbers are disconnected...

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  1. I went by there about a month or two ago. They were closed there was sign on their door in regards to a liquor license violation. I can't imaging that they'd be closed for this long tho.

    1. Say it ain't so. Their BBQ'd beans were absolutely heavenly. If they're gone, so too is a piece of my childhood :(

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      1. re: HastaLaPasta

        LA has a great food scene, but it's definitely not static. (Or nostalgic either, for that matter.)

        1. re: David Kahn

          You obviously did not grow up in Los Angeles. Musso and Frank is not only greeat it is nostalgic. You wouldn't remember the Tail O The Cock or Edna Earle's Fog Cutter. Oh yes we have nostalgia. Pacific Dining Car on 6th St. still fills the bill as does the lesser places in terms of price such as Tommy's for great chili burgers at 10:00 at night after night classes let out. Of course we still have Lawry's. I could go on but if you didn't experience it I'm sorry.

          1. re: Hughlipton

            In fact, I was born, raised, and have spent most of the past 50 years here. You may disagree, but I've always felt that, for better or worse, Los Angeles tends to look forward rather than back, and the "historic" value of restaurants in particular often doesn't count for much. Chassen's, Scandia, Ah Fong's, Don the Beachcomber, Ships, Tic Tock, the Brown Derby, Perino's, La Strega, Schwab's, the Spanish Kitchen, to name just a few that spring immediately to mind, all historic L.A. spots, and all are gone. There are some that have defied the odds (and I would add Clifton's and Phillipe's to your good list), but, at least in my opinion, it's mostly not because of the nostalgic affection of LA residents. (Of course, reasonable people can differ on such things.) In Boston, the Locke-Ober has been serving food since the 1870's. You think Los Angeles will one day have a restaurant with 100-years of history? Not that I'd necessarily trade Locke-Ober for Din Tai Fung or Umami Burger; it's just that "historic" isn't our strong suit.

            1. re: David Kahn

              David, I do believe that LA will soon have at least one restaurant with 100+ years of history: Musso and Philippe are getting very close. But they are not , IMO, in the same league as Perino's, Scandia and Chasen's. The places you've named, Scandia, Ah Fong (ah, beef soo chow!) and the rest are historic (for LA) but they date from the 30's, 40's and 50's. We have nothing even approaching Tadich Grill (the oldest restaurant in California). I agree with you that LA folk rarely embrace the nostalgia of restaurants; witness the last days of Chasen's, where they had to close because because of declining business (deaths of regulars and the flight of younger patrons to new, trendy places) but as soon as they announced their closing you couldn't get a table come hell or high water. I agree that SoCal patrons crave the cutting edge, and that has led to the death of many places which would be considered "historic" today, Still, Dal Rae is packed whenever I'm there but I think it's because of the food and presentation which you rarely find elsewhere and not because of the nostalgic value of the place. You're right - "historic" is not LA's strong suit.

      2. I grew up going here and loved the beans especially but fond memories of the olives from the relish tray, the fluffy white bread and the train around the ceiling. I was a big fan and went back for a decade or so... BUT... we went there within the past year and it was HORRIBLE! My wife even said "YOU used to eat HERE?". Yes, it is part of my childhood and nostalgic for that reason but presently, not upset if it is closed... sorry...

        1. I had a chance to drop by today and sadly the restaurant is closed... The food wasn't the best but I had fond childhood memories of eating there (great bbq beans and coleslaw).

          Their liquor license was indefinitely suspended on August 20,2009. It appears as if they just locked the doors one day and walked away. There are even notes from a few vendors looking to retrieve their leased equipment that is locked up inside the restaurant.

          The hand written "specials" of the day board is even still standing...

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          1. re: darrenk

            Closed ---

            Too bad. I've eaten there 30+ years... But after it changed hands, the prices went up and the quality went down - not a recipe for success. Best short ribs in the Valley.

            VRBBQ, you will be missed.

          2. I'm so sad they closed, I went by there myself a couple months ago and was devastated. Am craving their beans! Anyone know how I can get a reasonable facsimile of their recipe? The only other place that had beans nearly that good was the old Love's Woodpit BBQ. (I'd be happy with either recipe!)

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            1. re: Dollydoxy

              I loved Love's beans. We had a discussion about them recently, and I got this link for a possible recipe:

              Have you tried the beans at The Bear Pit in Mission Hills (at the 405/118 intersection)? I tried it for the first time and thought those beans were the closest to Love's I've had in years (and far superior to Valley Ranch)

              I should add that I thought the BBQ at The Bear Pit was just okay, though I liked their sweet BBQ sauce. But I would go back just for the beans.