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SERIOUS BBQ COMING TO CULVER CITY

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foodiemahoodie May 18, 2014 11:14 PM

Not sure what I'm allowed to divulge. Two chefs involved. One Chef de Cuisine at a well-regarded restaurant in town, the other a chef too (also did kitchen time at the same well-regarded restaurant) with considerable butcher skills.

Tonight I tasted some terrific (insanely tender) smoked brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, chicken, beef ribs, and smoked turkey. Sauces were also bangin' good. I had the "spicy" one. (perfect amount of heat, enough to get your attention, but doesn't dominated the experience).

Might be more that just BBQ - but a "butchery" too. (house-made pies,

Often BBQ joints are started and run by amateurs of varying skills. These are young, smart, skilled chefs who've paid their dues - and who love this kinda food.

Location on Sepulveda is in escrow. Prolly a year away.

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    nosh RE: foodiemahoodie May 18, 2014 11:41 PM

    This would be so great! Could you possibly be speaking of the old Hoagies and Wings location on the S/E corner of Sepulveda and Washington? Big enough but not too big, with room for a smoker behind?

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      Mattapoisett in LA RE: nosh May 19, 2014 08:53 AM

      You haven't been to the Old Hoagies and Wings Joint in a few years have you? It is now the home of Ramen Yamadaya and not going anywhere soon.

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      ilysla RE: foodiemahoodie May 19, 2014 12:17 AM

      I thought you and/or someone else had already mentioned that associated Melisee was opening a new place called "Charcoal" in Culver City...?

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        foodiemahoodie RE: ilysla May 19, 2014 01:11 AM

        This is not the same. Josiah Citrin's place (Charcoal) will have a (surprise!) charcoal grill focus, but not be a BBQ/smoker type place (but you never know with him.)

        Don't think it's the Hoagie and Wings joint. I think it might be the Villa Italian restaurant.

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          ilysla RE: foodiemahoodie May 19, 2014 09:27 AM

          Sounds tasty. Hopefully it opens soon and isn't insanely expensive. =)

      2. PommeDeGuerre RE: foodiemahoodie May 19, 2014 01:21 AM

        Great. High end bbq (a spiritual, if not literal, oxymoron). Just what the world needs, another Boneyard Bistro. Because paying $35-$40 for ribs should be the new norm.

        1. a213b RE: foodiemahoodie May 19, 2014 09:24 AM

          Well, I for one am all for any and all attempts to bring in more great 'Cue to LA.

          I'm a little "curious", as it seems from your list the individuals will try to do several different styles, as opposed to focusing on nailing one.

          But, being a year away, clearly much will happen between now and then.

          Am perhaps even more excited about the potential of the butchery.

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            foodiemahoodie RE: a213b May 19, 2014 11:27 PM

            They're pros. Nailing all of them shouldn't be a problem. But then again, BBQ is one contentious subject.

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              a213b RE: foodiemahoodie May 20, 2014 09:33 AM

              You're not being serious, right?

              I don't doubt them being pros, but countless individuals have focused solely on one style - or one item, even - and failed to "nail it".

              Just because they have spent time running/working at a "well-regarded restaurant" … I mean, what does that have to do with becoming a 'Cue specialist?

              Again, I do hope it works out. I'm all for more and better options in the LA BBQ universe.

              And I'm still even more hopeful for the butchery.

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                A5 KOBE RE: a213b May 20, 2014 09:40 AM

                Being chefs from reputable restaurants means nothing from a bbq standpoint.

                Being a pitmaster from a Carolina smokehouse sounds more intriguing.

                Sort of like a French chef making sushi, background has little bearing on the result.

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                  foodiemahoodie RE: A5 KOBE May 20, 2014 12:22 PM

                  Well, we probably don't disagree. IMO a serious chef will figure out pretty much anything in pursuit of getting the dish right. They will work at the best restaurants and learn from the masters.

                  One of these chefs was born in Texas, raised in North Carolina, and got his initial BBQ training from the pitmaster at Big Bob Gibson's BBW in Decatur, AL)

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            raizans RE: foodiemahoodie May 19, 2014 09:47 AM

            beg them to make eastern north carolina vinegar sauce and south carolina mustard sauce, pretty please?

            1. Searching4Dunny RE: foodiemahoodie May 19, 2014 10:21 AM

              Ugly Drum guys?

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                granadafan RE: foodiemahoodie May 19, 2014 04:28 PM

                More BBQ please. Sometimes those "amateurs" really know how to slow cook meat and smoke properly.

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                  foodiemahoodie RE: granadafan May 19, 2014 05:30 PM

                  Sometimes they do.

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