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Best BBQ Ribs in LA in the style of Twin Anchors (Chicago)?

trampslikeus Mar 13, 2010 03:29 PM

The best ribs I've ever had were at Twin Anchors in Chicago. Any suggestions on where I can find tasty ribs (fall off the bone, TENDER) in that style? And what is that style anyway?

I've checked several past threads...and a few names keep re-appeaing (eg Phillips, Baby Blues, Hogly Wogly, etc). Tried the baby back at Baby Blues. It was fair. The meat did separate easily from the bone, but was far from tender... rather dry and more like crispy carnitas taco meat. So good in its own way, but not what I was looking for. I've tried several others (mainly due to proximity of wherever I happened to be at the time) and all were rather disappointing, eg Santa Maria (Culver City), WoodRanch (Grove). Any suggestions would be great, even better if near WeHo, Silver Lake, Santa Monica, Downtown, Mid-Wilshire. Thanks!

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    la tache burger Apr 12, 2010 12:22 PM

    BTW, the BEEF rib at Baby Blue (they don't always have it, call ahead) is pretty delicious meat jello!

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      trampslikeus Apr 12, 2010 11:21 AM

      really excited to try some of these places shortly. but man, i got to take a break. tried smokin joint coz a friend wanted to try and that was some of the most hideous bbq i've ever had. the baby backs were as tough as jerky (except for the visible hunks of fat) and nothing was falling off. nothing. someone else ordered the brisket...and that was the fattiest meat i'd ever seen...just gristle and fat. generally i don't like to waste food, but we couldn't stomach anymore. the service was pretty nice, but the meat is terrible, the quality reminded me of high school cafeteria.

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        RSMBob Mar 19, 2010 11:56 PM

        Twin Anchors falls into a category scorned by BBQ purists...they call it "meat jello". That being said, it's pretty darn tasty no matte how it's prepared.

        Although it's not local to where you are, I would highly reccomend a trip to Orange County and the Tulsa Rib Company at Tustin and Collins in teh City of Orange. Not quite Twin Anchors-style, but close enough, and the tenderness and taster will likely bring you back (get the Tulsa potatoes, too).

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        1. re: RSMBob
          trampslikeus Mar 21, 2010 11:35 PM

          thanks for the tip! maybe it's that twin anchors zesty sauce...

          1. re: trampslikeus
            a_and_w Mar 24, 2010 10:52 AM

            tramps, have you tried Mr. Cecil's with spicy sauce? I think it will scratch your itch.

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          trampslikeus Mar 18, 2010 03:18 PM

          thanks everyone! i've a lot to learn about ribs apparently...

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          1. re: trampslikeus
            Ogawak Mar 18, 2010 03:54 PM

            This is the place to learn about bbq ribs and every other kind of food. I hope you try some of the places previously mentioned. A few years ago, I didn't even know about dry rub. Now I can't live without it.

            My favorite authentic bbq:

            BigMistas (various farmers' markets around LA)

            You've tried some decent BBQ places, but the places I've mentioned are serious joints.

            Good luck in your search for the best bbq.

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            raizans Mar 16, 2010 06:09 PM

            the smokin' joint
            big john's cafe

            however, i would much rather go to bludso's or try my luck at phillips or jay bee's. if i was in the mood for st. louis style spare ribs, i would go to bodacious/walker's.

            1. a_and_w Mar 15, 2010 09:14 AM

              Based on your description, I'm guessing your favorite bbq joint was parboiling their ribs. Try Mr. Cecil's or Houston's for decent ribs in that style.

              1. DrBruin Mar 13, 2010 11:35 PM

                I have no idea what that style is and I've never been to that Chicago rib joint... but, I've been able to pull the rib out clean from the meat at Houston's. There are several locations (including one in Santa Monica).

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                1. re: DrBruin
                  degustateur Mar 14, 2010 03:09 AM

                  I’ve never been to Twin Anchors, but their ribs are pictured here:


                  They're featured on video here:


                  Well, trampslikeus, I'm uncertain, but you may find what you’re looking for here:

                  Tulsa Rib Company http://www.tulsarib.com/

                  ... or here:

                  Houston’s http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurant...

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