In 2010 Los Angeles had the 2nd largest African-American population of any county in the U.S. There is long black cultural history here, dating back to the 26 (out of 46) original settlers of the city of angels in 1781 who had African ancestry. The current state of black Los Angeles challenges the stereotypes that have spread through cliched television and movie imagery. In the 2000's the diversity of this black community has became even more tangible, with 10% of this population from sub-Saharan and/or Caribbean families.
These demographics are just part of why there is a lot of great BBQ in Los Angeles. This list of stand out places starts with the famous Woody's Bar-B-Que
on Slauson, open since 1975 and take-out only.
The San Fernando Valley is well represented here, with Dr. Hogly Wogly's
and Mr. Cecil's
offering Texas style and Oakland style BBQ, respectively. If you want more a fine dining BBQ experience, then the Boneyard Bistro
(also in the Valley) is what you are looking for.
Long Beach has got BBQ at Naple's Rib Company
, located near the Naples Canals. And don't forget Pasadena either, with Gus's
With number 10, I threw in a Korean BBQ place, where you cook your own thinly-sliced meat on a grill at your table. (The Korean meal always includes the "banchan"-multiple small dishes like seaweed or kimchi.) Park's
is a Korean chain and this is their American outpost; a little pricier than some but well-established as a quality product. There are many many more Korean BB joints near here in Koreatown as well.
BBQ is one of the more universal types of food preparation. If we started listing the Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese BBQ spots we would still only just be getting started!
4307 Leimert Blvd Ste 3
3446 W Slauson Ave
811 South Long Beach Boulevard
Great small BBQ joint in Compton... read more
13625 Ventura Blvd.
2209 Honolulu Ave