Los Angeles is known for its glitz, glamour, palm trees, beaches, and… barbecue? It’s true. You can find some of the best barbecue in the country in DTLA. California style barbecue dates to the 19th century. Back then, cattle ranchers would create rich, smoky dishes that were hearty enough to get them through a full day in the wild west. The best BBQ in LA uses time-honored techniques that must be tasted to be believed.
The Best BBQ in LA
Bludso’s Bar & Que
Bludso’s Bar & Que brings Texas-style slow-smoked barbecue to DTLA. Hailed by many as the best barbecue in the city, the menu features old favorites like buffalo rib tips, brisket, and pulled pork. Bludso’s is almost as well known for its cocktails as it is for its barbecue. Regular happy hour specials and all-day beer buckets make Bludso’s a popular place for singles, couples, and large groups.
A list of the best BBQ in LA cannot be complete without mention of Slab BBQ. The smoky goodness of Slab BBQ’s authentic California techniques and Southern-influenced sides is a treat for locals and out-of-towners alike. Favorite dishes include spare ribs, smoked chicken, and collard greens. Top off the meal with a slice of red velvet cake, and you will feel like you’re at a backyard barbecue.
Max City BBQ
The secret to Max City BBQ’s delicious dishes is all in the ingredients. The restaurant uses locally harvested foods to complete its menu. Max City strives to combine different styles of barbecue to create a new experience with each plate. Try the southern brisket, St. Louis style ribs, or the smoked chicken wings. Max City has a kids menu that is perfect for little appetites and a “crowd” menu that is ideal for big groups.
Maple Block Meat Co.
The wood-smoked meats of Maple Block Meat Co. give this barbecue its signature flavor. Customers can buy barbecue by the plate or by the pound. Maple Block Meat Co. is a popular lunch choice thanks to reasonably priced sandwiches and salads. Unlike most barbecue restaurants, this one offers options for vegetarians. The house-made pimento cheese and cornbread with whipped honey butter cannot be missed. Add a side of smoked almonds and some chocolate bread pudding for dessert, and you may never want to leave.
If you love dessert, you can’t visit LA without trying cronuts. This cross between a croissant and a donut may have been invented in New York, but it was perfected in LA. While you’re looking for the perfect cronut, you can stop by a winery (or two) for a tasting where you might even find a new favorite!