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Bludso’s Bar-&-Que

Restaurants, Soul and southern American La Brea
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanClockwise from top: Brisket, rib tips and hot link at Bludso's Bar-&-Que
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanLeft to right: Corn bread, collard greens and coleslaw at Bludso's Bar-&-Que
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanBludso's Bar-&-Que
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanFernet on tap at Bludso's Bar-&-Que
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanJulep on Tap at Bludso's Bar-&-Que
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanBludso's Bar-&-Que
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanBludso's BBQ

Time Out says

’Cue lovers rejoice as the city’s favored smokehouse, Bludso’s, lands on La Brea Avenue. Get your fill of Compton’s legendary low-and-slow goodness, available by the pound (quarter or half pound) alongside all the Southern fixings of collard green, cornbread and the like. Brisket ($18 for 1 pound, $10 for 1/2 pound) is king—we are in Lone Star territory, Kevin Bludso’s roots, after all—but pork lovers can also get their fix: Smoked-ringed pulled pork ($16 for 1 pound, $8 for 1/2 pound), pork ribs ($12 half order, $24 full order) and addictive, chewy rib tips ($17 for 1 pound, $9 for 1/2 pound) appear on paper-lined baking trays. Open for dinner-only (for now, at least), communal tables are graced with paper towels by the roll that encourage messy consumption, while a huge bar—there’s wine, beer, cocktails and even Fernet and Mint Julep on tap—make for fun, down home eating.



Address: 609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–8pm
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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I was seriously impressed with Bludsos. We went for a work lunch right at noon during the week. I was surprised it wasn't busy as we grabbed two picnic tables on their small patio. We had two office dogs with us- one large and one small. There is something I love when the wait staff pays attention to the dogs when it's not expected. Our waitress had two water bowls brought out before she took our order. The lunch special is amazing and you get a TON of food. We had way too many leftovers when we were leaving and the food was cooked perfectly. Will definitely come back! 


Delicious BBQ right on La Brea. Bludso's obviously isn't going to please everyone, since I know there are some very picky Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, etc BBQ fans/experts. But it tastes fantastic and is one of the best BBQ joints in the city. Pulled pork, ribs, chicken, they've got batches of whatever you're into. But be prepared it can definitely get expensive and add up + if you come late in the day they sometimes run out of certain dishes. I wish they had longer hours as well, but aside from that, no problems with Bludso's. Solid place to grab some BBQ in LA. 

Overrated. Don't waste your time. You're better off visiting the original Bludso's.