Friday, October 28, 2005

Bulletproof BBQ theory

While the best barbecue is found in its native habitat down South, there are places like Mike Mills' restaurants in Illinois, and to a lesser extent, in Vegas. We can get pretty good examples in Southern California, too. Folks from the Chowhound board held a BBQ taste off two years ago. From the local contenders, I liked the ribs that Sandra brought from Rib Nest. Joe H flew in a Texas ringer: brisket from Black's in Lockhart, voted as the best cue by a large margin.

My favorite places around these parts are all in Los Angeles. None in Orange County. For example:

Rib Nest: terrific pork ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.
Phillip's (original Leimert Park location): terrific pork ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.
Woody's: terrific pork ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.
Bad 2 Da Bone: terrific pork ribs and brisket served from behind bulletproof glass.
Jaybee's (original location, on Avalon Blvd): terrific beef ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.

I'm led by these observations that your odds of finding great local BBQ increases exponentially at a shop shielded behind thick, ballistic acrylic. Try these and draw your own conclusions:

Rib Nest
1766 W. El Segundo Blvd.
Gardena, CA

4307 Leimert Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
2619 S. Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

3446 Slauson
Los Angeles
475 S. Market St.
Inglewood, CA

Bad 2 Da Bone
4565 W. Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Jaybees BBQ
15915 S. Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


Blogger Johnny said...

Blacks?! That's where we go when we realize that Kreutz's, down the street, is closed on Sunday.

10/31/2005 06:41:00 AM  
Blogger BBQ Junkie said...

I might have to test your theory about bullet proof glass. I haven't had the Rib Nest, I'll put that one on my list.

10/31/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger BoLA said...

Mmm...LA BBQ Good Eats! I've been to Phillip's before. ;) This be near my own hood! lol!

10/31/2005 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Professor Salt said...

Johnny: along with the theory of bulletproofizity, there's also the theory of relativity. Of course Texas is gonna have better cue than Los Angeles. But our Chinese restaurants will kick your Chinese restaurants' asses.

Kristy: You live in a mighty good food nabe, then!

10/31/2005 11:40:00 PM  

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