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Feb 14, 2014 08:16 PM

BBQ downtown or Fairfax?

What's our best bet? We're staying right by Pershing Square. Should we pick up from Big Mista at the farmers market right across the street on Wednesday, or go to Bludso's on La Brea? I hear it's not as good as the one in Compton, but we don't want to drive that far.

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  1. Pick up from Phillips on Crenshaw and Adams. Call first. They have two sauces mild and spicy with peppers floating around. Always get sauce on side. We like the mild which has good flavor or get both. Their chicken links are good and like beef ribs and sliced beef. We don't eat pork. We like bludsos in Compton but it is a Shlep. Funny we live right near Bludsos on LA Area but haven't been there.

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    1. re: paprkutr

      I agree with Phillip's. We recently had Horse Thief BBQ and it was good. I think the brisket was their best dish. But, Phillip's is much more flavorful.

      1. I love Big Mista's brisket. Maybe the best in LA. And if they have the BBQ pastrami it's heaven.

        1. J n J Burger Shack & BBQ on Adams, 2 Blocks east of Fairfax! There is suppose to be a new place in Grand Central Market, I know nothing about it!

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            There is good BBQ - in particular, the brisket - at GCM for quite a while now. It's called Horse Thief Barbecue. Very nice outdoor seating area, right across from Angels Flight.

            1. re: Wayno

              Agree on Horse Thief. Very good.

              1. re: chrishei

                Am I the only one who had a mediocre experience at Horse Thief? Found it to be a small portion of overly dry brisket. Not in the same league as comparable places like Smoke City, Bludso's La Brea or JnJ. That and they were passing off Kale as Collards. I wanted to like it and would probably give it another shot, but found it pretty average and $ for what it was.

                1. re: VealParmGuy

                  Did you ask for moist? I have no experience w/ Horse Thief's lean brisket, but that moist was mighty fine. I've had the same at Smoke City, and I do like it. But Horse Thief's was better IMO. And Smoke City is actually a little more expensive.

                  And please don't use Bludso's La Brea as an example.

                  1. re: chrishei

                    Chrisel, that's how little I thought of Horse Thief, it wasn't even as good as Bludso's....did I just hit them on an off day?
                    I wasn't presented an option between lean and moist, and frankly any "authentic" brisket joint, shouldn't be serving dry brisket as a default option.

                    1. re: VealParmGuy

                      Well the OG location of Bludso's is still the standard. As for the La Brea one, I would certain hope that it was better than that one, as they don't smoke their brisket as much from what I've heard. I don't think Bludso's specifies (but I've always received fatty slices anyways), but I've always asked for moist at other places just in case.

          2. Definitely Bludso's. The bbq is fantastic. I live around here and nothing else comes close to their smoke level. Brisket is immense