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Dave & Romero's Texas Best BBQ-Studio City/Sherman Oaks

Hypnotic23 Apr 29, 2012 05:56 PM

Just stumbled upon some amazing BBQ, these guys setup daily 3-8pm daily in the parking lot of a small grocery store on the corner of Moorpark & Coldwater.

I met the owner Dave just now after having my meal, these guys are pit master TX champions cooking on those big cookers you see on cookout shows.

You choose your meats and sides and its all to go for $15.00

I shall return, here's some photos I just took too.




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    bulavinaka RE: Hypnotic23 Apr 29, 2012 06:16 PM

    Looks great. Brisket, ribs, potato salad and bbq beans - what's the verdict?

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      Hypnotic23 RE: bulavinaka Apr 29, 2012 07:14 PM

      I went for the Beef ribs which were quite tasty, though I prefer pork of the two. I also had the tri-tip which was cooked perfectly. The owner gave me a taste of both the chicken & pork links which both had a nice snap to them. For my sides I chose the potatoe salad & baked beans, both quite tasty. Next time I will try the garlic potatoe slices and maybe some bbq asparagus. The owner was raving about the pasta salad dish just cooked too. They are out nightly, not just weekends.

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        Peripatetic RE: Hypnotic23 Apr 30, 2012 02:24 AM

        > They are out nightly, not just weekends.

        Except for Monday and Tuesday, according to their website.

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          orythedog RE: Peripatetic Dec 12, 2012 08:11 PM

          I went tonight, Wednesday 12/12/2012 and they were not there. The guy inside the store said only on the weekends now.

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            beastfan RE: orythedog Dec 28, 2012 06:49 PM

            They now have a brick and mortar store on Riverside Drive at Laurel Canyon (old Pat's restaurant, next to the bar)

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      carter RE: Hypnotic23 Apr 29, 2012 06:54 PM

      Yes, they have been there for around 6 months, but generally on the weekends only, at the M&M Market. It looks fly-by-night to drive by.
      Glad you had the nerve to try it out.
      I still get my quarterly fix of ribs at the Boneyard!

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        Jase RE: Hypnotic23 Apr 30, 2012 10:41 AM

        Thanks for the heads up. Did they mention if they carry all meats all the time? Also, do they sell the meats ala carte or is the combo the only option?

        1. Hughlipton RE: Hypnotic23 May 2, 2012 05:38 AM

          My wife bought an entire tri-tip and I thought it was a bargain ($39.95) and cooked to med-rare. Love BB as a restaurant but would not hesitate to get food for the house at this location.

          1. iL Divo RE: Hypnotic23 May 2, 2012 06:08 AM

            thanks for the heads up cause all the BBQ joints in the valley or anywhere for that matter have long ago gone away

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              cdub RE: iL Divo May 2, 2012 08:15 AM

              smoke city in sherman oaks is very good. beef ribs, brisket, and pastrami are all very good at smoke city.

              i've been tempted to try texas best everytime i drive by it but haven't yet. will need to do so soon.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: cdub Sep 4, 2012 06:40 PM

                Agree, smoke city is very good. I go there when I have a doctors appointment down the street. But I believe that is Van Nuys, not SO.

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                  cdub RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 5, 2012 08:00 AM

                  i think you're right though it's probably close to each border.

                  i always thought the chicken was smoke city's weakest.

                  the chicken at texas best was really good.

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                    Dirtywextraolives RE: cdub Sep 5, 2012 08:10 AM

                    Oh, yes, it's def close, just know that my doc's formal address says Van Nuys, and he's about two blocks away, right off the freeway.

                    I have never tried the chicken, not usually something I order at BBQ restos, I order the things that i don't make as well, since I no longer have a smoker, like brisket & pastrami. I do really like their pastrami, though.

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                      Servorg RE: cdub Sep 5, 2012 09:10 AM

                      "i think you're right though it's probably close to each border. "

                      That's what is called a distinction without a difference...(If you're talking apartment rents it may well be important though). ;-D>

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                        ozhead RE: Servorg Nov 4, 2012 02:25 AM

                        You could ask the mayors of Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys -- they could probably tell you. Interestingly, they are both named Antonio Villaraigosa.

                2. re: iL Divo
                  carter RE: iL Divo Aug 31, 2012 09:28 PM

                  The Boneyard Bistro has not only NOT gone away, but is doing a better business than you should expect. It is not your hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint that you typically envision, but the 'cue is good, the ambiance more upscale, yet the prices are not that different.
                  Maybe that is why they are packed nearly every night.
                  Also, fried chicken on Mondays, and a very good selection of both beer & wine.

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                    cdub RE: carter Sep 1, 2012 08:12 AM

                    while i do respet your opinion, i have never left boneyard thinking i got a great meal and the money was well spent.

                    i've never felt that their bbq was that great. their food is pretty expensive.

                    they do have an impressive beer list. their cocktail program is in desperate need of an upgrade. considering the liqour list that they carry, i always wish they'd put more time into making really good craft cocktails.

                    they are always busy but so are cheesecake factories...

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                      mucho gordo RE: carter Sep 5, 2012 10:51 AM

                      Would you say it's better than Mr. Cecil's? i'm trying to get a comparison and learn what the difference is between the two.

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                        farmertomato RE: carter Nov 8, 2012 10:25 AM

                        I found Boneyard Bistro to be woeful—mediocre BBQ, way overpriced, bad service, the whole lot. We always welcome a new BBQ option around these parts, and have found something to like at each, except for Boneyard Bistro.

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                          Steve2 in LA RE: farmertomato Nov 8, 2012 11:56 AM

                          What about their Deep Fried Mac & Cheese? Also DUG the Cowboy Rib-Eye and Onion Ring Tower.

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                            kevin RE: farmertomato Nov 25, 2012 08:19 PM

                            But I do have to say the last time I went it just was not that great. And their prices
                            keep creeping up. However, in the past (maybe within the first year or two in operation),
                            they did make a great sundae and great special Venison topped with a slab of seared foie
                            gras and an exceptional spicey BBQ sauce. Does anyone happen to remember this dish ? Even
                            roughly five or six years ago, the venison special was about 40 dollars.

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                              Dirtywextraolives RE: kevin Nov 25, 2012 08:22 PM

                              Why is that even relevant now?

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                                kevin RE: Dirtywextraolives Nov 25, 2012 08:38 PM

                                Just a little bit of backstory context.

                                Perhaps it's not relevant.

                          2. re: carter
                            kevin RE: carter Nov 24, 2012 06:46 PM

                            I still have to say for the Valley (at least), it's Smoke City. Though I do have a soft spot for Mom's BBQ, especially their fresh from the box, Duncan Hines-style layer cakes made the only way possible: the old fashioned way.

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                          cdub RE: Hypnotic23 Aug 31, 2012 08:02 PM

                          I just tried their bbq chicken. it's pretty damn good. Skin was nice and rendered crisp. Juicy as all hell. Some of the best that ive had in a while. worth a visit just for the chicken

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                            Servorg RE: cdub Sep 1, 2012 07:55 AM

                            Thanks for the update, cdub, (I love good bbq chicken). I was looking at the Yelp reviews too. Stuart's original review here and the thread make this a very strong SFV contender for cue. I just don't get out that way enough, but if I do I'll be sure to stop in.

                            What time were you there and how was the crowd/wait?

                            1. re: Servorg
                              cdub RE: Servorg Sep 1, 2012 08:09 AM

                              no real crowd. there were just a few people in line but the guys are super friendly. if you're coming from far out, i'd stick to the chicken and tri tip here. i'd go to smoke city for any brisket or beef ribs. i haven't had the baby backs so i can't comment on them.

                              really nice guys who'll give you samples of basically anything before you get it.

                              i love a good bbq chicken and this was one of the best that i've had in a while. caught me by surprise since i wasn't looking for something that good.

                              another point i should make is that they're really just a take out operation. there's no place to eat there other than on the top of your car's hood.

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                                TonyC RE: cdub Sep 4, 2012 10:32 AM

                                "i'd stick to the chicken and tri tip here"

                                Oof. what a bummer. OTOH, there's nothing wrong with eating off the trunk/hood.

                                1. re: TonyC
                                  Hypnotic23 RE: TonyC Sep 9, 2012 05:13 PM

                                  Just had another amazing meal to go at this spot!

                                  Chicken & baby back ribs, 2 dish combo for $15, for sides I went with the BBQ corn & baked beans.

                                  The owner tossed in a sausage for me to try.

                                  Love their food, true BBQ

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: Hypnotic23 Nov 2, 2012 01:13 PM

                            Has anyone tried the brisket here?

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                              Servorg RE: Dirtywextraolives Nov 2, 2012 01:16 PM

                              It was recommended twice in this thread by cdub -here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8467... and here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8467...

                              1. re: Servorg
                                Dirtywextraolives RE: Servorg Nov 2, 2012 01:19 PM

                                Maybe I need my eyes checked, but both responses that you highlight are speaking of the brisket at Smoke City, which I have already tried. I was asking if anyone has tried the brisket at Dave & Romero's.......

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                                  Alimentary My Dear Watson RE: Dirtywextraolives Feb 8, 2013 08:43 PM

                                  I've had the brisket at the new place (Texas Best BBQ.) It was the best I've ever had in my life. Just shockingly good.

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                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: Alimentary My Dear Watson Feb 9, 2013 12:30 PM

                                    Good to know, thanks!

                            2. orythedog RE: Hypnotic23 Nov 8, 2012 08:31 AM

                              just curious...how is their sauce? spicy? I like me some spicy cue'!

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                                cdub RE: orythedog Nov 8, 2012 09:53 AM

                                their spicy isn't that spicy. probably about the same level as bludso's. with that said, i still don't think they're open anymore. I haven't seen them in at least a few months.

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                                Helper Monkey RE: Hypnotic23 Nov 24, 2012 05:48 PM

                                Just drove by a Texas Best BBQ grand opening sign on a storefront on Riverside near Laurel Canyon. I guess they're going legit.

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                                  cdub RE: Helper Monkey Nov 25, 2012 04:33 PM

                                  The interesting thing is that bbq is back at hardys Market but now they have a tiny sign that says bbq at hardys market. Possibly a falling out. The bbq always used to have a big sign that said Texas best bbq before

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                                    Helper Monkey RE: cdub Nov 29, 2012 09:32 PM

                                    As a random aside, that market makes really good carved meat sandwiches.

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                                    carter RE: Helper Monkey Dec 13, 2012 09:25 AM

                                    Yes, they have opened in that location on Riverside Drive adjacent to Pat's cocktail lounge just west of the corner of Laurel Canyon. Used to be another operation specializing in pastrami that long ago 'hounds felt was worthy, but they are gone & these guys took their place.

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                                      Hypnotic23 RE: carter Jan 6, 2013 03:20 PM

                                      I found a link on the new store front location which I'm looking forward to trying:


                                  3. Ashibi RE: Hypnotic23 Jan 4, 2013 05:45 PM

                                    I am dying to try some of these BBQ. I just call to see if they are open tonight. They told me that they are only open weekends now.

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                                      carter RE: Ashibi Jan 4, 2013 09:02 PM

                                      Did you call the market where they used to be, or did you call the new location on Riverside Drive near Laurel Canyon?
                                      Cannot imagine a brick & mortar restaurant only being open on weekends.
                                      I went by the M&M Market late this afternoon, and their "replacement bbq" was not operating, and that may be because it only operates on weekends.

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                                        Thor123 RE: carter Jan 5, 2013 10:26 AM

                                        The replacement is Hardy's Best BBQ open Sat and Sun 1-7. Very good. Going back today.

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                                      MarkC RE: Hypnotic23 Jan 8, 2013 07:44 AM

                                      Had the brisket sandwich here yesterday and it was the best I can remember having. Large, moist chunks of tender meat, which is not easy to achieve with brisket. At another valley spot I was at recently (much celebrated on chowhound), the meat was so dry they had to shred it and drown it in bbq sauce. If your brisket sandwich looks like pulled pork, you know it's not the real deal.

                                      1. Steve2 in LA RE: Hypnotic23 Jan 8, 2013 04:46 PM

                                        Went by the latest iteration of Texas Best BBQ over the weekend. We got two of the $20, "three meat, 2 side" combos. Sides; mac & cheese, slaw, potato salad and beans, meats; beef ribs, pork ribs and brisket.

                                        The folks were very friendly and gave us a lot of food for the money, close to 5lbs. The beef ribs and brisket were as good as anything I've had anywhere else in LA. Not quite F-me-delicious but definitely fit t'eat. The pork ribs were tasty but chewy and a little dry (although it WAS the end of the night so, maybe they'd been sitting for awhile and will require a re-taste)

                                        Of the sides, we liked the slaw best, it was tangy, creamy and crunchy, everything you'd want a slaw to be. The mac & cheese and potato salads were fine but not memorable, the beans were similar to Ranch beans rather than BBQ or baked, which is what we see elsewhere.

                                        I'd give them a B grade and will definitely go back. Good to have another choice in the valley.

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                                          cdub RE: Steve2 in LA Jan 9, 2013 12:53 PM

                                          haven't been to the new location but if their chicken is as good as it was, it may be the best thing on the menu. wasn't particularly impressed with the brisket or the beef ribs, especially compared to smoke city. their chicken, however, was fricken amazing.

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                                            kevin RE: cdub Jan 9, 2013 01:13 PM

                                            Smok,e City is exceptional.

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                                            kevin RE: Steve2 in LA Jan 9, 2013 01:13 PM

                                            Ok, this thread is thoroughly confusing.

                                            What's the location ? address ? hours ?

                                            I'm now pretty tempted but the thread is beyond confusing with different names, locations, hours, etc. or maybe I will just give up.

                                            But those beef ribs and brisket sound really good, if it's almost as good as big mista then that is cause for celebration.

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                                              beastfan RE: kevin Jan 9, 2013 02:20 PM

                                              Dave & Romero's Texas Best BBQ, 12123 Riverside (corner of Riverside and Laurel Canyon).

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                                                Steve2 in LA RE: beastfan Jan 9, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                Here's a photo of their menu. Hours are 11:30-9:30 daily (I think) No discernible phone number though.

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                                            suelassman RE: Hypnotic23 Jan 9, 2013 07:38 PM

                                            people on Yelp said it was closed?

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                                              Steve2 in LA RE: suelassman Jan 10, 2013 04:16 PM

                                              The original outdoor spot on Moorpark is closed, the brick and mortar place on Riverside IS open. Check it out.

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                                                Thor123 RE: Steve2 in LA Jan 18, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                Actually, the original place on Moorpark is open Sat and Sun and is run by Romero's nephew, who was trained by Romero and does the same recipes. Its called Hardy's Best. He also told me that Romero recently sold the place on Riverside and moved back to Texas.

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                                                  beastfan RE: Thor123 Jan 18, 2013 10:23 AM

                                                  I was just there last week. Romero's partner still runs the place on Riverside. It was excellent! The chicken was amazing and the brisket just perfect. And the sauce was some of the best I have tasted.

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                                                    Thor123 RE: beastfan Jan 18, 2013 10:35 AM

                                                    Have you been to Hardy's? Wonder how they compare?

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                                                      beastfan RE: Thor123 Jan 18, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                      Haven't (yet!)...

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                                              Carl_N RE: Hypnotic23 Jan 22, 2013 09:25 AM

                                              Hello all, my name is Carl, I am one of the owners of TEXAS BEST BBQ located at 12123 Riverside Dr. in Valley Village.

                                              This thread was started when the inception of this restaurant was located at Coldwater & Moorpark in the market parking lot. It has since relocated to 12123 Riverside Dr. Valley Village 91607.

                                              We are open 7 days a week from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, with indoor seating for 24 and outdoor seating for 10.

                                              This is a different operation than the market BBQ place, in that we are open seven days a week and offer indoor seating. You are also allowed to order from us and have a seat next door at PAT'S COCKTAILS so you can enjoy your meal with an adult beverage.

                                              I started this with Dave (of Dave and Romero's) after the city came in and put a halt to the parking lot operation. Dave has since moved back to Texas to take care of family business.

                                              (Pro guitarists are encouraged to bring a guitar and play, I'll be joining in between orders!)

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                                                Dirtywextraolives RE: Carl_N Jan 22, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                Thank you for clarifying this! Hope to visit you soon!

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                                                  Thor123 RE: Carl_N Jan 22, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                  Are you doing the same recipes that you did at Hardy's?

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                                                    Carl_N RE: Thor123 Jan 22, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                    Very close to the same recipies, with what we think are subtle improvements.

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                                                    kevin RE: Carl_N Jan 22, 2013 12:51 PM

                                                    Do you have a website now ?

                                                    Or a copy of the menu posted anywhere ?


                                                    1. re: kevin
                                                      Carl_N RE: kevin Jan 22, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                      Here is a copy of the current menu. We bought the URL TexasBestBBQ.biz but no web site as of yet.

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                                                        kevin RE: Carl_N Jan 22, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                        Cool, will visit soon hopefully by this weekend or next.

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                                                    cdub RE: Hypnotic23 Jan 25, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                    i'm going to assume that this is a bad experience but i don't think i'll be back.

                                                    went to texas best in their new location. wanted to have some of their fantastic chicken that i remembered. smokey, charred skin.

                                                    however, it's completely different. over sauced. not very smokey. cold. got a 3 meat and only got 2. didn't realize it til i got home. had the tri tip instead of brisket at their recommendation. it was cold and dry. drove 10 minutes. not nearly long enough that it should be cold and dry.

                                                    beans were good but not really the reason i go for bbq. i guess i'm going back to smoke city no matter how much more expensive they are. at least their brisket and beef ribs are consistently good.

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                                                      Thor123 RE: cdub Jan 26, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                      Hardy's Best in the original spot Moorpark and Coldwater, does a great job and there food stays very hot and travels well. If you call a day before they will do a special brisket.

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                                                        Hypnotic23 RE: Thor123 Mar 17, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                        Just returned from their new location, see post:


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