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Name the Best BBQ in Town.

NikkiW Dec 12, 2012 12:04 AM

Where is the best BBQ in Town.

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    Kalivs Dec 12, 2012 01:36 AM

    I really like Bludso's & Philip's in Leimert Park

    1. ipsedixit Dec 12, 2012 08:03 AM

      Park's ... both of them!



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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Jase Dec 12, 2012 07:25 PM

        Good call to bring them up. Park's Finest's ribs can be solid to sublime.

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          JAB Dec 13, 2012 06:26 AM

          I'm partial to their short ribs which are certainly crave worthy.

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            TonyC Dec 13, 2012 10:29 AM

            Don't agree at all. The ribs/riblets are not bbq. They may be smoked, but compared to anything south of 10, they're sad. Almost pathetic, especially at that price.

            People are going for the fun Filipino inflected "BBQ" fat bombs, no one's claiming the ribs are even remotely close to Bludso/Philips/Big Mistas, and no one should, especially Chow'ers.

            1. re: TonyC
              ipsedixit Dec 13, 2012 10:45 AM

              You're assuming OP was asking for American or Southern style 'cue, and judging Park's Finest by those parameters.

              I dunno where you are getting that assumption from. And that's an assumption not everyone is making.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                TonyC Dec 13, 2012 12:02 PM

                Park's Finest touts their pork ribs as low n slow 'cue, in America. Rest of the thread seems to have replied as such. I'm replying under those parameters, and I tasted Park's Finest cue versus the other benchmarks mentioned in the thread, without sauce.

                It's not good. Rest of the Filipino stuff may be great, but as a "low n slow" cue, these ribs was tasteless, no smoke, lack of spice, no salt, uninteresting bark. The riblets had no crisped ends and the ribs themselves were dry, bordering tough. I don't really care if it's "Filipino" or American, it wasn't good. As some faux BBQ in Filipino town operated by locals, maybe these ribs are relatively great.

                Not saying Park's Finest isn't worthy of a visit. Just don't order the pork ribs thinking it's good BBQ (American / Southern style / Filipino, I don't care). At least it wasn't as bad as Smoke Star on Western/Pico.

                1. re: TonyC
                  raizans Dec 13, 2012 12:43 PM

                  *sigh* suddenly i am less interested in going to their new restaurant. it was awesome the one time i went, and i've been looking forward to being able to go again.

                  1. re: raizans
                    TonyC Dec 13, 2012 02:12 PM

                    Would be very interested in your 2nd opinion. I wasn't interested in The Park's coconut beef/cornbread bibingka/short rib, maybe that's why I was disappointed.

                    They are a great story though, and if I were in the neighborhood, I'd drop in for a beer. They just have no place in a "Best BBQ in town" thread.

                    1. re: TonyC
                      Jase Dec 13, 2012 02:42 PM

                      I've found Park's finest consistently better than Randolph's which bordered on inedible one time. I've never experienced that at Park's.

                      1. re: Jase
                        TonyC Dec 20, 2012 12:45 PM

                        And I the complete opposite.

        2. wienermobile Dec 12, 2012 08:05 AM

          Big Mista. Great brisket (and BBQ Pastrami when they occasionally have it).

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            alliebear Dec 12, 2012 08:07 AM

            Bludso's for sure. Great brisket, ribs, delicious sauce with some kick and good sides. Plus nothing but friendly service.

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              raizans Dec 12, 2012 08:56 AM

              the park's finest

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                ilysla Dec 12, 2012 08:58 AM

                +1 for Bludso's. Not a BBQ aficionado, but.... I had Bludso's once 2-3 yrs ago or so, and I con't to dream of it frequently.... Yum.

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                  Jase Dec 12, 2012 07:24 PM

                  Smoke City should be in the discussion even if it's not everyone's preference.

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                    more of everything Dec 13, 2012 10:57 AM

                    I'm a fan of Texas style bbq, and I concur. I love the smoke they impart on their briskett, and it's got a nice crust too. I've had Big Mista's a couple of times, and both times it was on the dry side. Hmm, ya, that's how my turns out sadly. I've also done Bludso's and it was good, but not as great as J Gold led me to believe.

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                    josephnl Dec 21, 2012 08:23 AM

                    Blake's in OC!

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                      jasongg06 Dec 21, 2012 09:31 AM

                      i like bludso's, bonnie b smokin and hambones

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                        josephnl Dec 21, 2012 03:45 PM

                        Not that Zagat's is necessarily the most dependable guide...nevertheless they list Bludso's at 27 and Blake's (in OC at 28). Have never been to Bludso's, but I think Blake's has great barbecue.

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