Great BBQ doesn't always have to come from a hole-in-the-wall shop in the middle of nowhere. At Gus's BBQ, a South Pasadena landmark that's been around for almost 70 years, you might find some of the best cornbread you've ever had. Arriving in a cast iron skillet, the bread is both creamy and crumbly, with a heavenly sugar glaze on top that is perfect for pairing alongside Gus's St. Louis spare ribs. Or maybe you'll go for the Texas brisket, smoked for 16 hours using pecan wood and with your choice of two sides (the braised greens are killer with a little hot sauce on top, while the mac n' cheese is made with truffle oil, bacon and four different types of cheese). But the real star is the boneless Southern fried chicken, a juicy slab of meat that is enveloped in a spicy crust. You'll take a bite and declare that this chicken is life-changing. Sure, you may be sitting in a comfy booth in a quaint suburb of LA, drinking Southern sangria out of a mason jar, but good BBQ is good BBQ, no matter where you are.
|Venue name:||Gus's BBQ||Contact:|
808 Fair Oaks Ave
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 8:30am-11pm; Sun 8:30am-10pm|
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Gug's is just a big ol' skillet of deliciousness. You can argue until the end of time about where to find the best BBQ in LA, but I'll just say that the pulled pork nachos as well as the brisket (doused in the vinegar sauce) here are just amazing. The restaurant itself manages to mix the best of South Pasadena's old-timey charm with a bit of modern polish. +1 for serving Craftsman 1903
Great atmosphere (the place is deceptively big!), fantastic service, and finger-licking food you can tell is made from scratch. The cocktail list showcases variety and talent, the beers are all craft, and the wine list even devotes an entire section to reds that stand up/pair with to BBQ flavors. There is truly something for everyone here but seriously, the Fried Chicken is magical (especially when paired with buttery, crispy waffles on Saturday or Sunday!) and the Pulled Pork Nachos are an absolute must-try. Come eat here when you can indulge deeply and have nothing to do afterward except take a food coma induced nap!