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Jul 6, 2011 04:20 PM

Lucques "All American Rib Fest"

I have a reservation for the All American Rib Fest at Lucques on July 24th. Has anybody attended the past rib events? Curious if there are any opinions. Looks like a great menu.

8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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  1. The menu is St. Louis ribs, beef ribs, lamb ribs, and chicken wings, with sides for $55.

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    1. re: reality check

      I know it's AYCE, but sounds really steep for bbq.

    2. Generally been very tasty in past years but not good enough, in my view, to warrant the expense this year.

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      1. re: New Trial

        I agree - I went last year, and while the food was decent, it was very expensive for what you get. The food is messy, which is not always a bad thing, but the restaurant is so nice that you feel strange getting so messy and befouling your nice cloth napkin.

        In general the BBQ meat was nothing earth shaking, the quality was there but I'd rather go to Big Mista's to eat at home where I can be as messy as I want.

        Also, I'm not sure I would really call it AYCE - at least, I didn't get any seconds on anything as I recall, and I might have at least wanted some more of the wings.

        Now, cassoulet night at Lucques - that's totally worth it!


        8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

        1. re: TimToyGeek

          $55 buys you a LOT of ribs (and brisket, and pulled pork) at Bludso's...

          1. re: TonyC

            Yeah, about 3 slabs of ribs for that price.

      2. I thought it was a good idea and went once about 5 years ago. Would not go back. Much better ribs to be had elsewhere.

        1. I just returned from the BBQ at Lucques and can say it was absolutely, 100% fantastic!! All of the food was amazing and there was so much of it that we brought lots home. Service was also excellent. Food was served family style. The sides were also great. I really loved the baked beans and cole slaw. Hope you kept your reservation. I doubt that you will be disappointed. Our reservation was for 1:30 and the restaurant was packed (apparently, since the doors opened at noon). I was told that they are going to be jam packed for the rest of the day. This was our first time at the "All American Rib Fest". Hope to make it an annual tradition. Also thought the price was fair, given the quality and quantity of the food.

          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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          1. re: maudies5

            Here is my update on the Rib Fest:
            We had a reservation at 3:00pm and the restaurant was full. (Maudies5, we were probably there at the same time).
            The spiced lamb spare ribs were truly amazing. Tiny spiced, (curry, I think?), rib with meat that fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. The beef ribs were sauced and very moist with a nice smokey sauce. The chicken wings had a fabulous, spicy complex sauce on them, that woke up the taste buds. The pork ribs were the weak link, IMO. A little chewy and fatty. I liked the family style servings. Reminded me of going to Dim Sum with everything coming at once, and total chaos as everyone jockey's for their favorite thing. Fun, if you are with the right group.
            Then, the bill comes. Ouch! I agree with the other posts, about $55 being crazy money for BBQ, but I signed up for it. I had some friends that wanted to go, and I was going to suck it up! I will say, that the flavors in the lamb ribs almost made it worth it, to me. (You aren't going to find those delicate morsels at Bludso's!) However, adding a couple of PBR's and two way overpriced specialty cocktails, put us well north of $100 dollars per person, and that is a little nuts. There was a couple sitting across from us, that brought their 4-year old. I wanted to ask if he was getting dinged $55. From what I could tell he only had corn and baked beans!
            Next year maybe I can work out a Sunday business lunch, or have the in-laws come up from O.C. to cover the bill! : )

            1. re: jeffandnat

              We were there with a ten-year old, who ate to her heart's content, for free.

              1. re: annandale

                Excellent! I hoped that was the case. Aside from my complaining above, we had a great time. I think Lucques is a great restaurant, and they did a fabulous job of providing a casual environment for the BBQ. I can think of other high end restaurants that would not be able to pull that off.

                8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069