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BBQ in LA

Hey folks! My dad is coming up for dinner this week and wants BBQ. I am in West Hollywood and we don't want to drive far, like say 3 miles or so. I guess it's between Bludso's, Baby Blues or Saddleranch. NOT looking for amazing cuisine, just what would be the most fun on a weekday night, with descent food. And something that would entertain my OC dad, that feels very "Hollywood". I'm leaning towards Baby Blues, even though I have never been there. Fun, lively, with BBQ. Thoughts?

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  1. Bludso's.

    Lots of flat screens so there will be games on. Good bar and fun scene. Food -- brisket, pulled pork, ribs -- better than Baby Blues (which i liked in the early years in Venice). One of Bludso's platters with meats, sides, cornbread, and sauces will be great for you and your dad.

    1. I was just at Bludso's. Thought it was fine. The food was good....not great. But solid. Very good coleslaw. And I agree that the atmosphere is fun.

      1. I just went to Baby Blues in Venice tonight.

        Brisket was tender and juicy. Peppery dry rub on the outside. Last time I had smoked biscuit was at Smoke City. Baby Blues was far more tender and juicy.

        GF got the pulled pork. She had a home in NC and she loved the pulled pork.

        Four sauces table side to choose from plus a bottle of vinegar infused with sport peppers.

        Collards were not chopped much and were in a tomatoey sauce. Not bad for a BBQ joint but I prefer the soul food version better.

        Yeah, this is more of a place to just kind of eat and not hang out at.

        I have yet to hit up Bludso's.

         
         
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        1. re: gr8pimpin

          Not quite sure where you went? Was it Saddle Ranch?

          1. re: Servorg

            Duh, my bad!!! Baby Blues - edited my post. Thanks for letting me know!

            1. re: gr8pimpin

              I read through 3 times, thinking I must have missed some obvious clue. As people say "Made me look!" and 3 times no less. ;-D>

          2. re: gr8pimpin

            They have great NC 'cue there, I admit. And I think their Mac n cheese is one of the best in the city. But if his dad is genuinely into the best BBQ, Bludso's it is.

            1. re: gr8pimpin

              Their meats are basically slow cooked BBQ meats covered in BBQ sauce. They're not real que.

              1. re: Eater15

                Neither the brisket nor the pulled pork had BBQ sauce on it. The brisket had a smoke ring on it. You saying they faked it?

                1. re: gr8pimpin

                  possibly. all they would need is sodium nitrate which is in meat tenderizer.

                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                      what kind of smoker do they have? all i could see were grills!

                      1. re: raizans

                        They have commercial indoor smokers. They almost look like ovens. They were on DDD and they showed Guy Fieri how they smoke the pork for the pulled pork 16-18 hours.

              2. Hands down, Bludso's . At all costs. Sounds like the La Brea store is pretty fun too.

                1. Get a Texas Sampler from Bludso's Compton…

                   
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                  1. re: wienermobile

                    sauce on the side, pls.

                    kinda like: no mayo on pastrami.

                    1. re: TonyC

                      You mean people actually THINK about putting mayo on pastrami?
                      New definition of "heresy".

                      1. re: carter

                        the other night, I thought of smearing "Horsey sauce" on The #10, posting a pic of it, watching MrT go apeshit on goys then getting hit with a banstick.

                        true story.

                        i think it'd be tasty though.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          Richard Nixon used to put Ketchup on cottage cheese...

                           
                          1. re: wienermobile

                            I routinely put Sriracha on cottage cheese...

                          2. re: TonyC

                            A scoop of white horseradish on pastrami works for me.

                            1. re: jessejames

                              of course. but horsey sauce is just mayo with horseradish flavoring...

                              1. re: TonyC

                                My bros love it. I'm mayophobe. But enjoy! I love the hit of the regular stuff tho w beef

                              2. re: jessejames

                                Totally agree regarding horseradish, but mayo, the condiment with all texture and no taste.
                                Got to have some mustard with its tart, vinegary taste.
                                Servorg - why ruin good Sriracha with cottage cheese?

                                1. re: carter

                                  "Servorg - why ruin good Sriracha with cottage cheese?"

                                  You mean you squirt it directly into your mouth ala the whipped cream can method?

                                  1. re: Servorg

                                    There are at least one or two other options beyond mainlining it.
                                    Vegetables, meat and fish immediately come to mind.
                                    But I have never tried that alternative - maybe after a night of alcohol, it might actually work.

                                    1. re: carter

                                      I like Srir on a lot of different things I eat. Last night I squirted it directly onto the matzo ball in my soup before I devoured it and with cottage cheese I first chop up raw onion and mix that into the cc and then squirt it with srir...

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          Hot Dogs & Cottage Cheese ? #91 of different Hot dog toppings...

                                          87) Bearnaise Sauce
                                          88) Crushed Red Pepper
                                          89) Colby Cheese
                                          90) Taco Sauce
                                          91) Cottage Cheese
                                          92) Chopped Cilantro
                                          93) Spiced Garbanzos
                                          94) Pinto Beans
                                          95) Salsa verde
                                          96) Canned Tuna
                                          97) Shrimp Salad
                                          98) Ez-Cheese
                                          99) Potato Sticks
                                          100) Miracle Whip

                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                            Ha
                                            Srichara

                                            But my old grandparents would have loved that

                            2. re: carter

                              I enjoy a 70/30 deli mustard/mayo blend on pastrami that I whip up at home before delivery of sandwiches from Lenny's Deli (really good delivery folks that get to my house mostly well before their time estimates).

                          3. re: wienermobile

                            <heart palpitations>have you been to both locations? Is Compton better than LaBrea?

                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                It's excellent and has a full bar

                                Compton still the king but Hollywood is great

                                This review is pathetic