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Crossroads Barbecue - Sepulveda Blvd. @ National WLA

Servorg Jan 13, 2011 03:24 AM

I noticed as I pedaled by about an hour ago that the old Hamburger Hamlet space on Sepulveda just north of National has a banner drapped across the front of the building announcing the imminent opening of "Crossroads Barbecue."

I don't recall seeing anything here on the LA board about it, and I looked at Eater LA and didn't see anything there either. Anyone have any additional information?

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    Ogawak RE: Servorg Jan 13, 2011 08:36 AM

    I found this info on Grub Street. also a Mexican Restaurant.

    http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2010...

    Connections to Dinah's Restaurant.

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      Servorg RE: Ogawak Jan 13, 2011 08:43 AM

      Thanks, Ogawak. The only thing that gives me pause is that this being brought to us from the owners of Dinah's. But it's not far for us, and the concept of Mexican and true BBQ side by side is interesting.

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        Ogawak RE: Servorg Jan 13, 2011 08:58 AM

        It's actually the heir to the Dinah's fortune, but the menu looks interesting. We'll have to wait and see.

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          reality check RE: Ogawak Jan 13, 2011 09:10 AM

          I hope Crossroads Barbecue doesn't use the same recipe for ribs as Dinah's. Those ribs makes Tony Roma's appealing.

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            reality check RE: reality check Jan 21, 2011 10:50 AM

            Has this place opened yet?

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        bsquared2 RE: Ogawak Feb 20, 2011 06:17 AM

        This place sounds a little weird. I don't get the name Bubba Diego's for an "authentic" mexican restaurant. Doesn't sound promising. West LA BBQ? I'll keep my mind open, but "Crossroads" sounds a little generic. I like my BBQ named after the owner. To me, that is like planting a flag.

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        reality check RE: Servorg Feb 19, 2011 11:04 PM

        I'll ask again, has Crossroads Barbecue opened yet?

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          Servorg RE: reality check Feb 20, 2011 05:01 AM

          no

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            reality check RE: Servorg Mar 26, 2011 11:21 PM

            Any news about Crossroads Barbecue?

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              Servorg RE: reality check Mar 27, 2011 06:06 AM

              Still paper over the windows as of 2:15 AM Saturday, March 26th.

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                reality check RE: Servorg Mar 27, 2011 11:36 AM

                They must use a different dictionary than I do. Imminent doesn't mean almost four months later.

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                  Dogbite Williams RE: reality check Mar 27, 2011 12:07 PM

                  That was funny, reality check.

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                  Servorg RE: Servorg Apr 12, 2011 04:09 AM

                  Before anyone asks, still not open. I took a little detour on my morning ride and pedaled by about an hour ago. Still paper over the windows of both Crossroads and Bubba's (very tightly papered over - can't even peek in). However the huge dumpsters that were in the back parking lot are gone - so that must be a good sign (or it's an indication that they've completely given up - which is hopefully NOT the case... ;-D>).

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                    Servorg RE: Servorg Apr 14, 2011 11:50 AM

                    This http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2011... says they should be open but I didn't go by again this morning on my AM ride, so if someone else drives by can they take a peek and see if it looks like they're open.

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                      reality check RE: Servorg Apr 14, 2011 01:17 PM

                      Called the number that was listed and was told it should open in a week or two. Same as the story which was posted March 17th. Guess I need to use their dictionary to look up the meaning of one, two, and weeks.

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                        Servorg RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 03:32 AM

                        Pedaled by 45 minutes ago. Paper down on the Bubba's Diego side. All the tables and chairs and other furnishings are in place. Shades down on the Crossroads side, so couldn't see if they kept the booth arrangement that Hamburger Hamlet had. Looks like they are on the cusp of opening, tomorrow or the day after? Keeping my fingers crossed for good food in our immediate neighborhood.

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                          ChinoWayne RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 06:46 AM

                          "Keeping my fingers crossed for good food in our immediate neighborhood." Just go across the street to the bagel bakery.

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                            Servorg RE: ChinoWayne Apr 19, 2011 07:30 AM

                            Immediately across the street from Crossroads/Bubba's is an IHOP...which I don't count as having good food. Do they still have the bagel place in the shopping center with CVS/Von's?

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                              PaulF RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 10:50 AM

                              Bagel Factory is still there.

                              It's part of the chain whose main store is on Robertson, near Cadillac (or on Cadillac, near Robertson). I think they have a South Bay location as well.

                              I never write about bagels on CH, but Bagel Factory has my favorite bagels in L.A. They have good soups and hommos, too. Bagel Factory is kosher (for those interested) and the soups are (I believe) vegan.

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                                ChinoWayne RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 12:32 PM

                                What, you never tried the buttermilk bagel with maple syrup? Yes, as noted by PaulF, the bagel joint in the shopping center, used to be (circa 1985) my regular place to get my bagels on a Sunday morning.

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                                  Servorg RE: ChinoWayne Apr 19, 2011 12:36 PM

                                  I am a true Southern Californian through and through when I comes to bagels. The less they are like the "H & H" style bagel, the better I like them... ;-D>

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                                    kevin RE: ChinoWayne Apr 19, 2011 12:45 PM

                                    buttermilk bagel with maple syrup? rally??? i'm so there.

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                                      Servorg RE: kevin Apr 19, 2011 12:58 PM

                                      Kevin, if that gets your motor running then you need to get some fresh bacon maple doughnuts from the Nickel Diner downtown...

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                                        kevin RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 01:15 PM

                                        so does that bagel joint, have buttermilk bagels with maple syrup?

                                        i will be hitting up nickel diner today.

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                                          Servorg RE: kevin Apr 19, 2011 01:18 PM

                                          That was the perverse sense of humor by CW coming into play based on my mention of the only place directly across the street from Crossroads/Bubba Diego's being IHOP. So, NO buttermilk bagels available that I know of...

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                                Servorg RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 01:04 PM

                                Actually was able to suss out a phone number (310.795.4348) for them and someone (a woman) answered and said that it looks like their opening will be sometime next week.

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                                  reality check RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 02:48 PM

                                  Yes, that's the number I called and wrote, about five days ago.

                                  Called the number that was listed and was told it should open in a week or two. Same as the story which was posted March 17th. Guess I need to use their dictionary to look up the meaning of one, two, and weeks.

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                                  Phurstluv RE: Servorg Apr 19, 2011 06:57 PM

                                  Other than the fact that I think you're a whackjob (with all due respect!!) for biking at that hour of day, you're a good Boy and a good Chowhound for your secretive investigative reporting!!

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                      SMC1979 RE: Servorg May 13, 2011 02:17 PM

                      Walk ins welcome this Tuesday at 5pm. Reservations can be made at opentable as of this Wednesday.

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                        reality check RE: SMC1979 May 17, 2011 05:51 PM

                        Their Facebook page has a menu posted. Brisket is $13/lb. Pulled pork, $11/lb. Spare ribs-$13/half rack, $20 full rack. Baby backs $14 & $21.

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                          maudies5 RE: reality check May 17, 2011 06:06 PM

                          Thanks. I sure hope it's good. I really want a good bbq on the west side. Mr. Cecil doesn't count.
                          The recently vacated Baja Fresh on San Vicente, IMHHO, would have been perfect for a bbq restaurant. Alas, we're getting Chipotle:(

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                            Phurstluv RE: maudies5 May 17, 2011 06:44 PM

                            No kidding, maudies5! I wholeheartedly agree. We crave bbq and don't like Mr. Cecil's either.

                            Oh no, you're getting a Chipotle in that space? At least its not another Italian place, but nonetheless, bummer....

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                              maudies5 RE: Phurstluv May 17, 2011 07:39 PM

                              I don't know anyone who is happy about Chipotle going into that big Baja space. Bummer, is right.

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                                reality check RE: Phurstluv May 17, 2011 07:47 PM

                                In the general area of the West Side, you have Mr. Cecil's, Baby Blues, that yellow & red BBQ on Lincoln, and what else?

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                                  maudies5 RE: reality check May 17, 2011 07:52 PM

                                  Baby Blues on Lincoln. Not great. Mr. Cecil's is terrible. When I was a kid, there was Love's BBQ on San Vicente. I loved that.

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                                    reality check RE: maudies5 May 17, 2011 07:56 PM

                                    Oh, what about Western Smokehouse?

                                    Whether it's the Westside or not, Culver City has Santa Maria BBQ & Outdoor Grill, which I never liked, though I've only been to their Northridge location.

                                    Manhattan Beach you have Joey's Smokin BBQ, that is owned by the Lakers Luke Walton.

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                                      Jase RE: reality check May 18, 2011 12:01 PM

                                      I've never been to Joey's but a few people who I trust said it's not worth the trip. Anyone else here have any input?

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                                        reality check RE: Jase May 18, 2011 12:08 PM

                                        Joey's Smokin isn't worth crossing the street, much less driving to.

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                                      jdwdeville RE: maudies5 May 18, 2011 08:52 AM

                                      re: West Side BBQ places- anyone try the place with the neon "Ribs" sign on Lincoln, just south of Washington? The whole neighborhood smells of woodsmoke in the mornings while they're smoking the ribs, and the ribs have nice smoke taste and a good chew (not fall-off-the-bone overdone)...

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                                        Servorg RE: jdwdeville May 18, 2011 09:45 AM

                                        This must be the place (and I couldn't find any reviews under the name of Bar-B-Que Shop on Lincoln on the LA Board): http://marinadelrey.patch.com/listing...

                                        Maybe you can take one for the team and give it a try? After all, it may turn out to be an undiscovered gem in the rough!

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                                          Servorg RE: Servorg May 18, 2011 09:55 AM

                                          Okay, a little more sleuthing uncovered the fact that this address was formerly called "Benny's B-B-Q" and now I find two different names for it. One is "Bar-B-Que Shop" and the other is "B-B-Q, Co." and the second one actually has a menu online via Menupix here: http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/... Both of these later names show the exact same phone number (as well as address), so which iteration is the latest, correct one is going to have to wait for a "hound on the ground" to actually go check it out (and hopefully do a taste test as well) and report back here.

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                                            jdwdeville RE: Servorg May 18, 2011 10:47 AM

                                            I've been a few times- Can only speak really about the pork ribs because that's what I get there, but at least they're better than Baby Blues. Pork ribs are well-smoked, have nice char, and are just chewy enough to be interesting. I'm not always sure I actually need the BBQ sauce they pour over them just before serving. As for sides, I've had the cole slaw and potato salad- the latter being forgettable (coulda just saved room for more ribs!) and the former hitting that nostalgic note that you might recognize if you, too, grew up with the concept that KFC was a "special dinner night"...
                                            Not saying I would drive out of my way for these ribs, but they certainly are my pork go-to on the west side.

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                                              Servorg RE: jdwdeville May 18, 2011 10:50 AM

                                              Thanks for the report, "Couper" (as in Coupe De Ville!)... ;-D>

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                                            silence9 RE: Servorg May 18, 2011 09:58 AM

                                            Didn't that formerly have the name Bennie's BBQ up until a couple years ago? I remember it took major drubbings early and often here on CH. Now, as one drives by the palce, it is almost impossible to attach a name to the spot, except for the letters BBQ...

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                                              Servorg RE: silence9 May 18, 2011 09:59 AM

                                              Right. See my follow up post to the post you just replied to.

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                                            EricDC RE: reality check May 18, 2011 03:38 PM

                                            Huh, this is all kinda funny - I've been to that place with three friends - a midwesterner and a Texan - and we all unanimously agreed that it pretty much sucked.

                                            All the meat (ribs, brisket, and 1 other thing I can't remember because it was a few months ago) was dry and relatively flavorless.

                                            I will never go back to that little place next to Brennan's... just awful.

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                                              Servorg RE: EricDC May 19, 2011 10:12 AM

                                              What about this new place on La Cienega @ 18th Street (about 3 blocks N of the 10 Fwy) called BBQ Pitmaster? Any info on it?

                                              BBQ Pitmaster
                                              1804 S La Cienega Blvd
                                              Los Angeles, CA 90035
                                              (310) 202-7411

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                                              BBQ Pitmaster LA
                                              1804 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                                              Crossroads BBQ
                                              2927 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                              Bubba Diego's
                                              2927 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                                                reality check RE: Servorg May 19, 2011 12:19 PM

                                                They have a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/BarbecuePitm...

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                                                  Servorg RE: reality check May 19, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                  Not working

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                                                    wienermobile RE: Servorg May 19, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                    This one works for Crossroads BBQ. In includes their menu.
                                                    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crossro...

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                                                    2927 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                                                      Servorg RE: wienermobile May 19, 2011 12:27 PM

                                                      Added it to the place link in lieu of a website (which I'll swap out for the facebook page when it's available)

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                                                      reality check RE: Servorg May 19, 2011 12:41 PM

                                                      It works for me. https://www.facebook.com/BarbecuePitm...

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                                                    reality check RE: Servorg May 19, 2011 01:09 PM

                                                    Ok found some more info. They had a "soft" opening in April for about a week. Then they closed down. They will have their grand opening on June 1st. Hopefully, that means June 1, 2011. But, we'll see what happens.

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                                                      kevin RE: Servorg May 31, 2011 08:38 PM

                                                      thanks for the heads up on BBQ Pitmaster, I haven't been there yet.

                                                      What's Bubba Diego's???

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                                                      1804 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

                                                      Bubba Diego's
                                                      2927 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                                                      reality check RE: EricDC May 19, 2011 12:42 PM

                                                      Nobody said this place was any good. If you followed the topic, we are just listing the BBQ places on the Westside.

                                      2. Servorg RE: Servorg May 17, 2011 08:08 PM

                                        So the good, the bad and the ugly. Good ribs. Very nice smoke ring and a beautifully finished exterior. The meat was plentiful. No boney little guys here. Even the baby backs were so meaty. I had the bigger of the sampler platters. Baby backs, pork spareribs and a thigh and leg of chicken.

                                        The chicken was a little over smoked to me. Both barbecue sauces were sweet, even thought one was supposed to be spicy. I didn't detect much heat in the hotter of the two. I choose two sides. Barbecued baked beans (which were good) and the creamed spinach, which was way mediocre. My wife had the cheeseburger and it was really forgettable with some okay fries. They give a paper cone of house made potato chips, which are okay and some sweetish bbq sauce to dip them in. Again, okay but nothing I was particularly fond of or would say wow about.

                                        They kept the booths on the N wall, just as Hamlet had it set up. On the other side is the bar with some round tables with marble tops. The whole N side is the BBQ restaurant and the S side is the Mexican restaurant. They have other options on the BBQ side, with some salads and meatloaf and some other items. The Mexican menu looked inviting too. This may well be a real stand out given some run in time. Our waitress was very cute and nice. She had formerly been at the Lazy Daisy on Pico and 23rd in Santa Monica. The service overall was quite good with water being refilled and we were asked a couple of times how everything was, so no complaints there. We walked right in and sat down. This is a pretty big space, so it ought to be a good choice for just dropping by without a reservation and getting seated. I guess there wasn't anything really ugly unless I'm counting the creamed spinach as an "almost ugly" event.

                                        We got out the door for $55, plus tip and that included one coke and one flying doggy dog bottle of beer for me (very good beer btw).

                                        Next time I plan on trying the Mexican food side and seeing how that stacks up. But so far, so good.

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                                          maudies5 RE: Servorg May 17, 2011 08:12 PM

                                          Thanks for the report. That you liked the ribs is a big plus. Now, I definitely have to give Crossroads a try.

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                                            Servorg RE: maudies5 May 17, 2011 08:15 PM

                                            The ribs had a good bark and they weren't fall off the bone (which I don't like) but rather had a bit of chew/resistance when you bit into them.

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                                              Phurstluv RE: Servorg May 17, 2011 08:31 PM

                                              Were they beef ribs or pork? Spare ribs or baby back? I know you mentioned both, just wasn't clear which you were describing. And how would you describe the baked beans? Sweet, smoky or average? Thanks for checking this out, I may have to bring the family by this weekend. PS- do you know if they are open for lunch? Thanks again!

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                                                reality check RE: Phurstluv May 17, 2011 09:22 PM

                                                Their menu doesn't list any beef ribs. But, then again I haven't been there, yet.

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                                                  Servorg RE: Phurstluv May 17, 2011 11:32 PM

                                                  I didn't notice any beef ribs. These were all pork ribs. I consider the baked beans to be on the mild end of the sweet spectrum. They plan on doing lunch, but I can't recall when the waitress said that will start up so please check directly with the restaurant for the straight scoop.

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                                                    Phurstluv RE: Servorg May 18, 2011 08:00 AM

                                                    Great, thanks, SO.

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                                                      Servorg RE: Phurstluv May 18, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                      I did notice earlier this morning while looking at Crossroad's Facebook page that they say they have beef ribs. The menu is pretty big and the type is on the small side with everything crammed onto one page, so I may have simply overlooked them while playing "catch up on the week" with my wife (our favorite dinner time activity)...

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                                              Jase RE: Servorg May 18, 2011 12:19 PM

                                              Thanks for the report. We'll have to wander over soon. We still keep going to JnJ when we crave bbq. I guess it would be better but not healthier to have a closer bbq place.

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                                                Servorg RE: Jase May 18, 2011 12:23 PM

                                                Oh, speaking of unhealthy. Just wait until we go and order BBQ and Mexican (you can order both on either side of the restaurant). A "double whammy" for sure... Look forward to reading your report, Jase - as always.

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                                                wienermobile RE: Servorg May 21, 2011 09:27 AM

                                                We went last night, had the baby back ribs and the brisket dinners. When you sit down they give you their hot homemade thick potato chips with house made bbq sauce,and keep refilling them as much as you'd like, a nice way to start the meal. Nice large portions, I liked the ribs, they were meaty with a nice bark but for me not much of a smoked taste and not the fall off the bone type of ribs, you have to work when you eat these. The brisket was a disappointment to me it was sliced thin but not that tender or smokey. The sides were good, I really liked the bacon cheesy grits and actually good skinny fries. Good and friendly service in a very nice room. By the time we left they were packed, I wouldn't drive miles for this place but it's a nice addition to the neighborhood.

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                                                  Servorg RE: wienermobile May 21, 2011 09:59 AM

                                                  We actually went and tried the Mexican side (Bubba Diego's) last night. I am still "digesting" my feelings about the food we had, but overall I would term my take on it "disappointed." We started with the guacamole. For $9 (NOT table side prep) it seemed short on taste. One of the main problems with avocados is that they normally need a "healthy" (g) dose of salt to bring out the flavor. And Bubba D's (as well as Crossroads) doesn't deign to put salt and pepper on the tables. I asked for it and got some finally, and the added salt helped. But just pretty ordinary guac to my taste buds.

                                                  My wife started with a tortilla soup, also $9. This is a big portion of soup (broth based rather than the "creamy" style we get and like at 17th Street Cafe) with lots of chicken and avocado. Not bad. I would give it a B- or maybe a B for flavor. It didn't need any additional salt or spice that either of us could discern.

                                                  Before I get to the mains just a little on the salsas and chips. They give you a nice big basket of chips. Lightly salted, but our were not warm. The 3 salsas were nice, but all of them lacked heat. They give you a "salsa fresca" type a green tomatillo based type and a darker blended type that was the best of the lot. But they need to kick one of them up a couple of notches in terms of spice level (especially considering that they give you 3 - and can have 2 that are toned down for those that like the milder salsas).

                                                  Finally we both decided on combo plates. My wife went for a 2 combo and I went for a 3 combo. She asked for the crispy beef taco and a chicken tamale and I asked for a crispy beef taco, a beef tamale and chili relleno. First issue was "no tamales" were available. The waiter didn't know and came back to tell us and to get our plan B selections.

                                                  That was a little strange, but okay I didn't hold it against them. I went instead for the red cheese enchilada and my wife selected the same thing.

                                                  Both of us chose Spanish rice and refried beans as our 2 sides. I would grade the sides with a B - we thought that they were pretty good compared to similar offerings in the local area.

                                                  When the platters came (and they don't skimp on the serving size here) my wife's platter was as ordered, but my hard shell beef taco had turned into a soft taco with carne asada. I wasn't unpleased with that, but when my wife simply asked the waiter why I got the soft taco he went off and reappeared almost instantly with a hard shell version on a little plate.

                                                  I will give high marks to the wait staff, including our waiter and the bus guys. All were top notch and eager to please. Nicely trained and really looking to go the extra mile.

                                                  But the main courses were pretty pedestrian (all except for my chile relleno - which was very large, very tasty with only one odd note - it was stuffed not only with cheese but a very large piece of white meat chicken.).

                                                  I will probably skip most of the Mexican food from now on and concentrate on the BBQ offerings. Sorry to hear that the brisket didn't past muster as that would have been the next thing I tried. Did you see any beef ribs on the menu? I looked again last night and (despite the fact that they are listed on the facebook menu) didn't see any on the printed menu?

                                                  I also wonder what the meatloaf is like?

                                                  We walked out for $57, plus tip (the other night the BBQ side ran us $55 plus tip) but we could have escaped for $18 less by nixing the guacamole and the tortilla soup - which I would give a miss to next time - if there ever is a "next time" for the Mexican side of the ledger.

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                                                    wienermobile RE: Servorg May 21, 2011 10:16 AM

                                                    No beef ribs on the menu last night, but they do have to my surprise Dinah's fried chicken.

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                                                      Servorg RE: wienermobile May 21, 2011 10:20 AM

                                                      I saw that and it frightened me! ;-D>

                                                      I also want add that the best thing I sampled last night, besides the chile relleno was the carne asada. Very tender and flavorful. Better quality meat than you find at most Mexican restaurants I would guess. But the soft taco was one small tortilla and not much in the way of onions or cilantro and it gets lost in the hard shell version.

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                                                      Phurstluv RE: Servorg May 21, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                      Not a good sign when the salsa is just average, and no heat. Ho-hum. Will go try the BBQ instead of the Mexican, thanks for the report.

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                                                  nosh RE: Servorg Jul 3, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                  I went to the Grand Opening a month or so back and sat on the BBQ side. Enjoyed those free, housemade potato chips. Did not like the brisket they passed out, with slices skewered on toothpicks -- definite smoke flavor but dry and not tender. Service very friendly. But what left a bad taste was the pulled pork sliders they had on "special" for $6, if I recall correctly -- server said there were three to an order but only one came. She said she was sorry for the mistake but no correction made to the order or the bill -- one pulled pork "slider" on a silver-dollar roll is far from a bargain or a special.

                                                  I did find a $10 off coupon, I think in a flyer in the paper, so I'll give them a try for lunch.

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                                                    Iceman RE: Servorg Jul 16, 2011 07:02 PM

                                                    I thought the baby back ribs were good not great, the sauce was on the side and had a decided peppery kick. Definitely plump and meaty but for $19 I was expecting a little more than 6 ribs out of a half-rack.

                                                    Sides were okay, the collard greens and mac and cheese were certainly acceptable, but again nothing impressive on the portions side. I ordered these to go and was a little disappointed it didn't come with a few potato chips or corn bread, but it looks like that costs extra.

                                                    I scanned the menu for other things but it struck me that $14 for a burger was pretty steep for a mid-range BBQ place. I might go back and try it, but no great hurry, the value equation doesn't seem to add up here. I don't mind spending the money, but would like to leave feeling I got a fair deal, and I'm not so sure I did.

                                                    1. wienermobile RE: Servorg May 16, 2012 06:08 PM

                                                      Drove by today and the windows are all covered up with brown paper and the for lease sign is up. They are done.

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                                                        kevin RE: wienermobile May 16, 2012 07:42 PM

                                                        Wow. They did make a tough go of it. Are both the bbq and mexican sides closed?

                                                        Thanks for the update.

                                                        Sadly, I've really been meaning to try it but I just never got around to it.

                                                        Damn that procrastination.

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                                                          Jase RE: kevin May 16, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                          I don't think you missed much.

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                                                            maudies5 RE: Jase May 16, 2012 07:55 PM

                                                            I drove by Bricola on Montana today and had the feeling that those windows will also be covered by brown paper before we blink. Sad when someone has a vision and it just goes terribly wrong, e.g. Crossroads BBQ. Time to stop opening those ubiquitous Italian restaurants in Brentwood and have someone open a great BBQ in the Santa Monica/Brentwood area. Sick of Italian and so ready for BBQ.

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                                                              Jase RE: maudies5 May 16, 2012 08:05 PM

                                                              I'm guessing it's hard to find a big enough spot with reasonable rents. Need to have room for a smoker and all that kind of equipment.

                                                              Luckily J n J is pretty close to me since I live in the Mar Vista area.

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                                                                kevin RE: Jase May 16, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                                Yeah, it's a hop skip and a jump from venice, his sweet potato pie is pretty good too, i think his mom makes it.

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                                                                  Jase RE: kevin May 16, 2012 08:24 PM

                                                                  Yup. Call in your order, drive down Culver Blvd and you'll show up just when the order is ready.

                                                                  Agree on the pie. On the way back, can always pick up some ice cream from Cool Haus to go with the pie.

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                                                            wienermobile RE: kevin May 16, 2012 08:26 PM

                                                            Yes both sides were closed, BBQ and Mexican.

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