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Looking for BEST BBQ in LA (WeHo/Hollywood/mid-Wishire/Santa Monica/Venice/West LA/Bev Hills/Downtown)

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Carnivore Jun 20, 2006 10:19 AM

Please help!

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    Burger Boy RE: Carnivore Jun 20, 2006 12:10 PM

    Taking into consideration you perameters, may be go a little south and try Phillip, Woodys, Tasty Que all along Crenshaw. If that is to far south, try J&J Burger shack & BBQ on Adams 2 blocks east of Farifax. The areas you chose really do not have any Great BBQ, just average, IMHO.

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      nosh RE: Carnivore Jun 20, 2006 01:20 PM

      I like the pulled pork at Baby Blue on Lincoln in Venice just south of lower Santa Monica, though others on this board hate them and the prices are on the high side. I'm not a fan of their stringy brisket which is cooked and pulled much the same way.

      JR off La Cienega south of Washington has earned some positive reviews here. So has a place west of the 405 on Washington for good portions and value.

      The great majority of the postings diss Cecil's on Pico west of Centinela. The Pig and other WeHo places aren't mentioned anymore. And BBQ King on Sunset and Figueroa near downtown is an abomination -- slow service, high prices, and tough meat, though the burger or chicken can occasionally be good.

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        reality check RE: nosh Jul 10, 2006 07:56 AM

        "So has a place west of the 405 on Washington for good portions and value."

        Are you talking about the Outdoor Grill?

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        Sandra W. RE: Carnivore Jun 20, 2006 02:45 PM

        Group O'Hounds did a BBQ taste test. Granted, representation was limited, but... Woody's on Slauson came out #1 for pork ribs.

        I'm currently addicted to the Beef ribs at Baby Blues in Venice.

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          pdjy RE: Sandra W. Jul 10, 2006 05:55 AM

          Where can we fine the results of this BBQ taste test?

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            Norm Man RE: pdjy Jul 10, 2006 06:56 AM

            Question: Where can you find the results of the 2006 BBQ Taste Test?

            Answer: Search for the thread "BBQ Testing: The results are in" initiated by "Dorthy" on April 24, 2006. I hope the following link works: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            Try using Chowhound's "Search" function, it's easy and works well.

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            jdwdeville RE: Sandra W. Aug 13, 2009 11:34 AM

            2nd the Beef Ribs at Baby Blues in Venice. Warning: only get ONE! The thing looks like a steak hanging off a brontasaurus shinbone.

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            Wes RE: Carnivore Jun 20, 2006 03:59 PM

            Best pulled pork I have found is at PORKY'S on Manchester West of Prarie in Inglewood.

            Great Mac & Cheese. Very good Fries. Great Peach Cobbler.

            I liked the beef ribs too.

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              mc michael RE: Carnivore Jul 10, 2006 12:52 PM

              Geographically, the best you can do is Zeke's at Target Center, Santa Monica & La Brea. Q wise, see above posts. To be avoided, Wood Ranch.

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                Liquid Sky RE: Carnivore Jul 10, 2006 03:39 PM

                Thanks, y'all! I'm going to check out Baby Blues because I like hanging out in Venice anyway.

                What about that place in the Farmer's Market on Fairfax that does BBQ? Any good?

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                  calabasas_trafalgar RE: Carnivore Jul 10, 2006 09:13 PM

                  Is Harry's Open Pit BBQ still open anywhere? I know the one on Crescent heights is long-gone, but I recall there was another one one on the westside somewhere.

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                    mc michael RE: calabasas_trafalgar Jul 10, 2006 10:27 PM

                    Apparently, all that's left of Harry's are some songs extolling its 'que. http://povonline.com/larestaurants/la...

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                      SgtHooters RE: calabasas_trafalgar Aug 13, 2009 11:13 AM

                      Hey, I only wish they were still around!!!! That was the BEST!!!! There was on in San Bernardino and Long BEach, but they closed as well. RIP HARRY'S !

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                      Hackenbush RE: Carnivore Jul 10, 2006 11:52 PM

                      The barbecue place in the Farmer's Market is called Bryan's Wood Pit Barbecue.

                      I find their sandwiches excellent, especially the chopped beef sandwich. Their entrees, including the ribs, are only passable.

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                        nifty1 RE: Carnivore Aug 13, 2009 12:01 PM

                        Baby Blues is too seasoned for my taste. The Beef Brisket is laughable. They DID get the sweet tea correct, though. Although a bit pricey, I prefer Cecil's Ribs and fixins'. I will sample the others listed above and get back to you. (Wood Ranch is just 'meh' for 'franchise-food').

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