Don’t let the name or the neighborhood intimidate you. I always get a funny face from other people when I tell them about Bludso’s (I think they imagine its spelled Blood Sow’s until you spell it correctly to them) and that its in Compton. Ever since I had Phil’s BBQ down in San Diego 2 years ago, I’ve been searching for a place in LA that could match that standard. Bludso’s is my Holy Grail of Texas style BBQ. I found this place through Yelp (thanks Tony!) and I am now so glad I don’t have to drive down to SD to get my BBQ fix when I’m craving it.
I went here yesterday, after a taste testing at nearby Mom’s (see my review). I’m part of a foodie group and I’m doing this ‘Food in the Hood’ series this year. I was planning to hold an event here next month so I wanted to scope out the place in advance and see if the Yelp hype matched reality. It was good thing most of the group I ate with at Mom’s followed me here, because it enabled us to try a wide variety of what Bludso’s had to offer.
When we entered the place, what struck me was how small the place was. They only have enough room for 4 bar stools. This is really a take out place, not a dine in establishment. Its a good thing my group only numbered 6 in all since we barely fit inside.
I ordered their Texas sampler which consists of all their meats including: pork ribs, Angus beef rib, beef brisket, rib tip, chicken, chicken links (i.e., sausage), beef links and pork shoulder. The cost was $27. At first I thought it was a little pricey but my God, when they hand you tightly saran wrapped platter, it barely fits through the service window and the moment you lift it on your own, that thing is heavy. Its at least 7 lbs. of meat. The Texas sampler also comes with 2 side dishes. You get your pic of potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, collard greens, and mac & cheese. I chose the mac & cheese and beans. All in all, this meal will serve 4 people, so when you its actually a great bargain.
The meats come in 2 sauces, mild and spicy. I admit I am a wimp when it comes to spice, so I chose the mild, but requested a cup of their hot sauce for others in my group. All the meat was tender and the pork ribs were filled with meat, not fat. The mild sauce was very mild, so I tried the spicier version and didn’t find it to be scorching. I still liked the mild sauce better, but most of the people in my group preferred the spicier sauce. My brother is a fan of sausages and he liked the links. One person in my group lived in Texas and she said that both the BBQ and the collard greens were authentic.
There were a few disappointments: 1) They didn’t serve baby back ribs, but I forgive their heresy because all the food they served was yummy to the tummy. 2) They didn’t have the banana pudding and red velvet cake. Kevin the owner told us his wife and mom make the desserts and they didn’t make it that day. Shame on them. 3) The plastic knives don’t cut the meat very well. We resorted to tearing at the meat with our hands like our ancestral cave people did. 4) They hand you a mini plastic bag that that contains a napkin, a towelette, and a slice of bread. Not all the pieces of bread was white bread, there actually a slice of wheat bread (gasp!) in one of the bags. that’s not authentic Southern style! But really, my main beef was there was not enough napkin to handle all the sauce we got on our hands. I had to ask for more napkins.
My foodie group was so excited about out latest discovery that we are planning on an another visit next month. This time with a much larger group. The problem is that the place is so tiny, so we asked Kevin, the owner of he could recommend a nearby park we could eat at. Yes, my foodie group is not afraid to eat out at a park in Compton during the daytime.
Kevin offered us a better alternative and said he could set up a tent in the back to host the event. I’m still working out the details on the event, but I already get hungry thinking about it.
Service is very friendly. Cookie, Kevin and the other guy that served us were very helpful and patient. They seemed very genuine in trying to make their customers happy and it really shows in the quality of the food that they serve to patrons. They had very limited parking, so your best bet is to park on Long Beach Blvd.
Baby Blues in Venice – eff you and your average BBQ and overpriced meals. Bludso’s is the king of BBQ in LA.