Not familiar with the LA spots you mention, and my husband, not I, is the BBQ expert. We've been only once, and just for lunch, but really liked it. My husband, a Texas boy, loved his beef brisket sandwich, and I the special that day of a smoked prime rib French dip sandwich. Corn bread and mac and cheese was good also. Friendly service too.
In fact, it's on our list for lunch spots to take mom and dad when they visit next month. Even though it's right next to the highway, it has a surprisingly lush and cozy outdoor patio with a fountain, a pretty spot for al fresco BBQ.
8501 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051