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Name the Best BBQ in Town.

Where is the best BBQ in Town.

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

      1. re: ipsedixit

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

        1. re: Jase

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

          1. re: Jase

            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

              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

                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

                  *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

                    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

                      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

                        And I the complete opposite.

        2. Big Mista. Great brisket (and BBQ Pastrami when they occasionally have it).
          http://bigmista.com

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

            1. bludso's
              the park's finest

              1. +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.

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

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                  1. re: Jase

                    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.

                    1. i like bludso's, bonnie b smokin and hambones

                      1. 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.