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Baby Blues BBQ
Posted by Surf1div1 on 09/13/2011
Found this place on the way to Marina Del Rey. Ordered links to go and they were kind of pricey for just two links and nothing else. Talk about ala cart? Anyway, it was wrapped in paper and no bun . Ordered Mac and Cheese and that was better (at least got a fork/napkins for that. Would I come back? No, there are better quality food establishments for the $$$.
Posted by Mootz on 11/25/2010
If you want great BBQ, you have to go to Inglewood. But if you live on the west side, then Baby Blues is pretty good. The meat does fall off the bones, but the flavor of bbq is not complex like you find in Inglewood bbq places. The flavor also does not penetrate into the meat. It more sauce on top of meat. The places in Inglewood has a way of making the flavor go into the meat, that you hardly need the sauce. The sauce is too acidic and one note. The great thing about this place are the side dishes. Much better than what you find in Inglewood. I am not a vegetarian, but often I order the Sidecar which is just any 5 side items.
Posted by lisdin on 05/09/2009
Succulent ribs and scrumptious shrimp …. & the side dishes I shared with my friend ... Yummmmmm…. the Mac & cheese - incredible, the okra was a delicious surprise (I thought there was not much you can do with Okra-I was wrong), the baked beans with pulled pork … the best I have ever enjoyed, and the corn on the cob….wow. The service was friendly and casual, the atmosphere was a bit loud but embracing; the entire meal experience-it was undeniably enjoyable.
Posted by North Carolinian on 03/20/2009
BBQ is a very subjective enterprise with everyone from Texas to Kansas City to North Carolina favoring his or her regional style. This is AUTHENTIC, GENUINE North Carolina BBQ, and done exceptionally well. There is a reason the place always has a line outside. Do yourself a favor and head to Venice for some Baby Blues. Rock solid.
Posted by The One Who Knows on 03/08/2009
Highly over-rated- I'm pretty sure if you're a bar-b-q fan you'll come to know that you can do better in your own back yard. The meat, at best, taste like char. Mind you, I like char on my meat, but I don't like char as the general flavor of the meat. Is there a rub on this? I can't tell- all I taste is char. Maybe I went on a bad day. The only way to get flavor out of them dry bones is to sauce it up real good, but then you're left with saucy char. The mac'n'cheese was supposed to be the top pick- meh. Okay at best.
Posted by gonzo on 02/18/2009
baby blues is generally a very good place, with some notable caveats. the service, though friendly, can be rather casual--god help you if you're in a hurry. the servers, usually young women, often seem to be chirping away with their friends, customers and fellow servers, instead of paying close attention to who came in when, who needs to be served quickly, etc. the decor is crowded, dark and nondescript. the food, however, is a pleasure. the baby backs are absolutely first rate--i've never had an order where every bit of meat on the bone wasn't tender, delicious and edible--no wasted gristle, etc. the key lime pie, made i believe by an asian lady, is usually but not always available, and has just the right balance of sweet and tart--it's first rate. i've stopped going anywhere else for these two items--baby blues has retired the trophy. to go straight to heaven, at home heat half a rack of the ribs at 350 for ten minutes, pull off the meat and mix with a blend of smoky bbq sauce (2 parts) and hoisin sauce (1 part), then pile on top of a piece of cornbread and add two poached eggs and a few sliced scallions. you should die happy.--gonzo
Posted by Ejody on 02/28/2008
It's the real deal here and the guys know how to do it right. They take great personal care that the recipes are excellent and the meat, fish and chicken are super high-quality, but at a price you and I can afford. Innovative menu, but not a California-ized version of BBQ (I am so sick of that). Terrific ribs, and the corn on the cob is THE BEST I've ever had anywhere. Do NOT miss it! Noisy but fun. And very personable wait staff they're like your buddies. Wonderful food in a place where you feel like they know your name. Too rare for Los Angeles...