Bludso's Bar-&-Que

Restaurants, Soul and southern American La Brea
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Clockwise from top: Brisket, rib tips and hot link at Bludso's Bar-&-Que

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Left to right: Corn bread, collard greens and coleslaw at Bludso's Bar-&-Que

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Bludso's Bar-&-Que

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Fernet on tap at Bludso's Bar-&-Que

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Julep on Tap at Bludso's Bar-&-Que

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Bludso's Bar-&-Que

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Bludso's BBQ

'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.

 

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Venue name: Bludso's Bar-&-Que
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Address: 609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles
90036
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5-10pm
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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.