Baby Blues Bar-B-Q

Neighborhoods: Venice
Cuisine: Barbecue, BBQ, Sandwiches

Baby Blues Bar-B-Q is a Barbecue, BBQ, and Sandwiches restaurant where most Menuism users came for a romantic date, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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12 / 20
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 Santa Monica, CA

Hot Diggedy-Damn good BBQ

This place rocks. It looks like this little hole in the wall joint (and it is), with bizarre, but strangely titalizing art on the walls (go there, you’ll see what I mean). The staff are casual and very friendly. Where this place shines is in it’s BBQ. It’s the best BBQ I’ve had in LA yet.

The pulled pork sandwiches are amazing, as are their ribs and mac and cheese. Prices are decent, $7.50 for a sandwich and a side. The ribs are $30, but are fantastic and more than enough for one person. They also seem to make their own BBQ sauces which I apply a healthy (or unhealthy) dose often.

I’ll be going back! Don’t miss out on trying this place out! How long will my arteries hold out?!?

PS. I don’t understand why you would review a BBQ place if you are a vegetarian? That makes no sense, but they have a bunch of sides that are meat free.

Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Mmmmmm… Pure goodness, so juicy, so tender, so delicious. Go and eat it now!


Again, just fantastic. You need to try them out. Share with a friend or just eat it all yourself.

Mac N Cheese

Came as a side with the Pulled Pork Sandwich. Pretty good, nice and cheesy, every now and then you get a bite with gorgonzola cheese, which may or may not be your thing.

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 Alhambra, CA

I waited 30 mins for a table on a saturday...

I waited 30 mins for a table on a saturday night. This place looks like a good gathering place for friends. It was pretty crowded. I’ve tried the baby back ribs, memphis ribs, and the blues on the cob. The ribs taste okay. The ribs tasted crispy on the outside but not juicy enough inside. I do think this price is a bit over-priced according to their environment and food.

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 Los Angeles, CA

BBQ Blues

I’ve always heard good things about this place, and finding great BBQ in LA is an elsuive beast at best. On Election Night ‘08, I stopped by to just check the place out and it was a very light crowd. I soaked in the ambiance, which was basically a run down, and old and weary BBQ restaurant. Many of the seats had rips on the cushions and the fixtures just weren’t eye catching. The wooden floor was bare. It would have benefited from a daily sawdust application. I’m guessing most diners come here for the food, not the ambiance, because it felt like a hole in the wall. I didn’t eat there though since I already had dinner plans elsewhere.

Last night I returned with a friend and the place was packed. We couldn’t find street parking, so we probably did what most other patrons do and parked in the Smart & Final parking lot. Normally I’d feel guilty doing so, but I justified it since I am a regular S & F shopper.

When we arrived at the restaurant, the place was jammed with people and all the inside tables were filled. There was some outside seating but 1) it was a bit chilly by SoCal standards and 2) I don’t like hearing the noise of cars whizzing by on a busy street like Lincoln. I asked the waitress how long the wait would be for a table for 2 and she said 15 minutes. I looked at my friend and although I could tell he wasn’t exactly thrilled about waiting since we were both hungry, he could tell that I really wanted to give this place a try.

It seemed like forever waiting, but about 15 minutes later, a table did clear for us and we were seated. I ordered the 1/2 rack Baby Back ribs Platter with mashed sweet potatoes and mac & cheese ($19.50) and my friend had the Kings platter, which was a trio of BBQ chicken, brisket and baby back ribs. He also ordered the mashed sweet potatoes and the beans for his sides ($21.95). Both dinner platters come with corn bread. My friend also ordered a Diet Coke ($2.00).

It took at least 30 minutes for the food to arrive and by that time, the larger table behind us was seated with a group of about 6 guys who spoke in a loud volume (i.e. shouting). It was almost defining. I could tell my friend was not enjoying the sound of his loud neighbors and it affected his appetite.

I thought the Memphis style baby back ribs I had was good, but not the best I’ve had in SoCal. That honor goes to Phil’s Texas style BBQ down in San Diego. My friend liked the ribs the most. He barely touched the chicken and we were both surprised that the brisket was served almost like spaghetti. I had a sample of the brisket and it was tough, chewy and dry – not the type of texture I want in the meat that I eat.

For the sides, I thought the mac n cheese was okay, but my taste buds have become accustomed to sharper cheeses and truffle oil, which their mac n cheeps lacked. The cornbread was a little on the dry side and it wasn’t as sweet as I would have liked it. I sampled my friend’s beans, and they tasted okay, but nothing out of the ordinary. Finally, there was the mashed sweet potatoes. Its basically mashed yams, but I have to give credit to Blues for doing justice to this side dish. It was absolutely delicious.

The total damage was $47.03, not including tip. Service is friendly, but the wait is a bit long. If you don’t like small, crowded and noisy places, then this is not the place for you. Honestly, I think the ribs are just on par with Johnny Rebs in Long Beach, but the ambiance at Johnny’s is way better.

Baby Blues BBQ is okay for a neighborhood restaurant, but I would never describe it as a must visit BBQ destination. Its still worth the 2 hour plus drive to head down to San Diego and eat to Phil’s.

1/2 rack Baby Back Ribs Platter

Average tasting, Memphis style barbecue. Nothing noteworthy, especially given the long wait to get a seat at this popular dining place. Its one of those over-rated places, like Pink’s. The taste does not match the hype.

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 Los Angeles, CA

They are a BBQ place so I can't go after them to heavy, b...

They are a BBQ place so I can’t go after them to heavy, but as a vegetarian there is just one dish to eat… so its a bit lame for me to eat there with my friends that love the place.


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Delivery Barbecue BBQ
  • There are a few places to park behind the restaurant, but most folks park along Sunset Avenue or across the street in the Fox Swap Meet lot.
  • Weekends can get pretty crazy with a line snaking out the door--best to come on a weeknight if you're looking to avoid the crowds.
  • There is a much larger second location in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard.
  • Baby Blues BBQ offers free delivery during normal business hours to nearby areas--call ahead to get pricing for other regions.
Fri-Sat 11:30AM - 11:00PM
Sun 12:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon-Thu 11:30AM - 10:00PM
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