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Jun 8, 2012 05:16 PM

Bludso's BBQ is coming to Hollywood at old Tar Pit location!

From LA Times : The owners of Golden State are teaming up with Kevin Bludso on a new project taking over Hollywood's former Tar Pit space. The restaurant will have smoked barbecue and carry the Bludso's BBQ name in its title. Yeah.........

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  1. Wow, that just made my week. No more trekking to Compton when I'm craving Bludso's.

    1. But will it have the same $30 Texas Sampler that feeds 4? Or instead the West Side $30 small slab of ribs that barely feeds 2. That is the question. If the former, I'll be one of the first there. Here's hoping.

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      1. re: Bruin2

        Yes, the ultimate question indeed. Can any of you comment on and compare Bludso's and Big Mista's? I have been wanting to do a side by side comparison for a long time. Maybe one of you already has, and has any intelligent analysis.

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          My Big Mista/Bludso's journey, documented.

          Bottom line- consistency and quality share equal importance, and Bludso's has been outrageously consistent in the quality of their BBQ (and for an outrageously fair price.)

          Mr Taster

      2. Great news for Bludso's, but time-wise for me, it's a flip of the coin. I'll keep going to Compton. Besides, Cookie is a real doll.

        1. i'm happy for the bludso family, but curated beer and cocktail lists don't belong on the same menu as barbecue! fancy barbecue is not just annoying, it's depressing to see.

          on the other hand, i've never consumed alcohol along with barbecue. maybe it'll be good.

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          1. re: raizans

            If you drink alcohol and enjoy really good barbecue, you should consider giving it a try.


            I'm glad for the Bludso family as well - I'd always wonder when they would branch out to offer their excellence to greater LA. I just didn't expect them to do it this way - but props to them nonetheless. It's artisan-level eats and I'm hoping they'll be in good partnership with Golden State.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              you hit the nail on the head: "artisan-level eats." i think the golden state menu talks too much about where all of the ingredients come from. i'd prefer it if that sort of pretense doesn't become part of going to bludso's, whichever location it may be.

              1. re: raizans

                Let's just hope for the sake of this new business venture that it has no ill effects on the Compton location.

                1. re: A5 KOBE

                  Through the grapevine -- a GS crew member has been encamped at Bludso for months learning to man the smoker. While decades of Q can't be replaced by a few months of on the job training, at least somebody will be onsite 24/7 to do a little QC.

                  I've had some beers while downing Bludso's, it's a natural combination (think Smoke City, but with actually edible pork). OTOH, I've almost always eaten at Bludso's. Kevin's been talking about a partner for.... a very long time. That said, along with raizans, I'll probably remain true to the Compton locale, and drink my beer offs the premises.

                  Also, for Compton Q lovers: someone go check out Raging Q next time you drive Morthbound on Long Beach Blvd while returning from Bludso's. Super nice folks.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    Just in from the LA Eater the new Bludso's La Brea location will have a 2600 pound smoker.

                  2. re: A5 KOBE

                    Yes, congrats to bludso's for this opportunity but as well I too hope the Compton location is not diminished by a focus on the new location!

                    1. re: foufou

                      Every time I've been to Bludso's, the vast majority of customers seem to be from the surrounding neighborhood. The counter ladies and many of the customers know each other at least by face, if not by name. I don't think the mothership will be in jeopardy.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        I agree with bulavinaka. While I've dutifully made the trek (from Van Nuys) a few times, I can't imagine there are enough people doing that whose absence would negatively impact the Compton Bludsoe's. On the other hand, I'd be MORE than happy to frequently take the (much shorter) hop over the hill if the 'cue is even CLOSE to the original.

                        The Bear Pit just doesn't cut it.

                        1. re: Steve2 in LA

                          Yeah, that makes sense. I'm pretty sure the majority of the crowd that goes to the LaBrea location will be customers who have never visited Bludso's before.

                          1. re: zoey67

                            bludso's dry rub is classic and delicious. i usually eat my ribs dry and some of my pics are on yelp for reference.

                            i have not been to phil's, but my sister said it's not the real deal so i never bothered.

                            1. re: zoey67

                              Bludso's beans are excellent imho. We always order an extra quart when we get their large party platter.

                2. So what's the word, wiener mobile? Do you have an idea whe they will open, or if they have, how is it? I still want tot go to Compton and try it there, and try Big Mista's as well. Still have not been able to try him when he goes to the MV farmers market....

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                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    According to both Grub Street and The LA Times their opening is scheduled for the end of this year.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      And FYI here is Big Mista's current Farmers Market schedule & locations:

                      Atwater Village CFM
                      3250 Glendale Boulevard
                      (Wells Fargo Parking Lot)
                      Sunday 10a-2p

                      Altadena Farmers Market
                      Lower Loma Alta Park
                      600 W. Palm St
                      Wednesday 3p-7p

                      Century City Farmers Market
                      1800 Avenue of the Stars
                      Thursday 11a-3p

                      Bank of America
                      Farmers Market
                      333 S. Hope St
                      Friday 10a-2p

                      Gigi’s Farmers Market
                      The Americana
                      @ Brand on Caruso Drive
                      Saturday 10a-2p

                      Torrance CFM
                      2200 Crenshaw Boulevard
                      (Charles Wilson Park)
                      Saturday 8a-1p

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Oh, thank you so much for that, someof those I can definIely make it to! Appreciate it so much!!

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          You are welcome and if Big Mista has their BBQ Pastrami (and they don't have it that often) make sure you try some, it's great.

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Are you kidding me?! Oh, you know I'll be checking that out as soon as I can! Much appreciation ;-)))

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              And you have to try the 'pig candy' at Big Mista's that I still want to get some of!

                        2. re: wienermobile

                          Happy to see the list of Big Mista's locations. Thanks. Went to the B of A 333 S. Hope location bought a half rack of ribs. Very disappointed. Lacking in flavor, tougher than I expect. Didn't even like the spicy sauce. Haven't been to Big Mista for 2 years. Went to the Atwater location 4 times and the ribs were pretty good but never as good as the comments on Chowhound. Have always prefered Bludso's and J&J for consistently very good ribs.
                          Hope someone else will comment.
                          I really like ribs and I don't eat them often enough to not enjoy them.

                          1. re: avar

                            I am more of a fan of their brisket than their ribs.

                            1. re: avar

                              i stopped picking up bbq at the farmer's market because of the inconsistency. smells as tempting as ever, though.