CHOWHOUND LUNCH....PHILLIPS BBQ & UNCLE MOKI'S
Restless for something exciting for lunch today me and the wife went to Phillips BBQ on Crenshaw & Adams to get a slab of pork ribs(not a dinner). We get the ribs dry and the spicy sauce on the side. We ate at the lone table outside and they were installing a new counter top outside so you can eat standing. Ribs were excellent-tender and smokey. Next time I'll get my slab of ribs uncut. Looking at the order there seemed to be an inordinate number of small ribs and pieces and maybe only 4 or 5 long ribs in my slab ($19.00).(Anatomically there should be 11-14 ribs to a slab of pork ribs and 7 ribs to a slab of beef ribs). I've been "short ribbed" at places-get 6 beef ribs when ordering a full slab and asked where my 7th rib is and they bring it no questions asked.
Wouldn't surprise me if places take a few ribs out of a slab here and there to serve on a dinner plate to improve their food costs.
After eating the ribs I saw a postman delivering mail to Phillips and I asked him where to get some good fried chicken in the area. He had to think a moment and first answer was KFC then in his opinion Dinah's Family Restaurant on Sepulveda Blvd. had the best fried chicken. We're near Dinah's Fried Chicken in Glendale and get it there every now and then.
Then it occured to me- I'd recently read a previous CH poster went to Phillips BBQ and then Uncle Moki's Hawaiian Shrimp. So we ventured over to Uncle Moki's and ordered the Wiki Wiki plate- 6 shrimp scampi and a scoop of rice for $6.50. Shrimp are marinated in olive oil, garlic and secret spices and grilled. I talked to a young guy(not Uncle Moki)who cooked the food and told him the shrimp were great but they needed to have other Hawaiian items on the menu-they only serve the shrimp plates in different sizes. He said when they make more money they're thinking of adding other Hawaiian BBQ items. They need to do something because it was about noon and my wife and I were the only ones eating there. Shrimp is the kind you get at those shrimp trucks on the North Shore of Oahu.
After Uncle Moki's we went over to the See's factory to get a box of chocolates for my grandmother for Mother's Day.
Uncle Moki's Hawaiian Shrimp
3560 S La Cienega Blvd, #F
(1/2 block north of Rodeo)
Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323)954-7051
I was the one that posted on it. they're not really close to each other, esp, in traffice, but i found it to be a very worthwhile combo. also, for moki's, menu is very short, just shrimp but i will try the spicey version next time.
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If you were thinking of going all the way down to Dinah's on Sepulveda, you should have tried Pann's, instead. Superb crusty, moist fried chicken with the best biscuits around.