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Jan 22, 2006 07:16 PM

Ribs USA-Burbank? Anyone?

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Hey board-

I live near Burbank and am told that Ribs USA has some of the best? Can anybody share their experiences? First I was told to try Dr. Hogly Wogley's and wasn't impressed the slightest?

Input on Ribs USA on Olive would be much appreciated.



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    Steve Doggie-Dogg

    I've only been to Ribs USA twice (I'll try anything twice). I thought it was overpriced and bland. Some people seem to like it though. The other BBQ options in the area are the Swinging Door at Vineland and Vanowen (my current favorite), the Bear Pit up by the 118, and that BBQ place on Ventura Bl a half block east of Woodman.

    I don't know what you look for in BBQ, but Hogly's brisket is great, Swinging Door has great baby back ribs with a lot of smokey flavor, Bear Pit is more of a Missouri sweet BBQ sauce sort of place, and the place on Ventura is more of a Southern Style BBQ with tangy sauce and great ribs (but a bit pricey).

    Hope this helps


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    1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

      Yeah, I personally don't like Ribs USA. The first and only time I went there the food was very bland. THe peanuts were stale and the overall service was bad. I would prefer Dr Hogly Wogly's any day over Ribs USA. But, to each his/her own. Good Luck!

      1. re: Marvz

        I eat at Ribs USA a lot (what can I say, it's often the closest dining destination up with which non-Chowhounds will put), and I can tell you that the food is a lot better if you do one of three things:

        1. Ask for Cajun sauce. It's better.
        2. Ask for extra pickles (this works great if you are on a low-carb diet).
        3. Ask for vinegar and jalapenos. Shake the chiles in the vinegar container, then use as pepper sprinkle.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek
          Steve Doggie-Dogg

          Wow! That sounds like a finely tuned modification! I bet it works.

          See ya


    2. I like Ribs USA. They have barrels of peanuts to eat and sawdust and peanut shells on the floor and theres always the sport du jour on the t.v's. I haven't been there in awhile, but I'm never disapointed. The place on Ventura is called Mr. Cecils and just down the street from there is The Boneyard. I agree with you and don't think Hogly Wogly's is that great.
      Have fun!

      1. Dr. Hogly Wogley's ( Beef ribs((my preference))) is far superior to Ribs USA. I could not believe that Ribs USA made the list for anything else at that. I do indulge in pork- ribs, pulled and sandwiches. I can reasonably understand why some of these places get ratings it is basically because they are located near high traffic business areas. I'll tell you places that are worth the drive if you want real BBQ.

        Let me know

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        1. re: RJY

          I got the beef ribs from Hogly-Wogly last Sunday. They've always been my favorite and excellent there. However, this time, the beef ribs were very tough. I was very disappointed, since it's a special trip for me and the dinner costs $19.

        2. I know this may not directly answer the question, but the wings are pretty good at Ribs USA.

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          1. re: jimmyodonnell

            This is a very old thread, but I'll add that the ribs are excellent at Ribs USA. I also get the spicy fries (fries doused in wing sauce). But other than that, there is nothing at Ribs USA that I would recommend. The ribs really stink.

            1. re: Jwsel

              You said the ribs are excellent at Ribs USA and then in the last sentence you said the ribs really stink. So uh, which one is it?

              1. re: monkuboy

                Sorry. I meant to say the wings are excellent, not the ribs (which do stink).

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