Horse Thief BBQ

Restaurants, Barbecue Downtown Historic Core
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Photograph: jakob N. LaymanLeft to right: Blue cheese and bacon potato salad, pork ribs, heirloom beans, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, jicama slaw and mac and cheese at Horse Thief BBQ
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanHorse Thief BBQ
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanHorse Thief BBQ

At Horse Thief BBQ, Angelenos get schooled on the ways of low-and-slow cooking, namely central Texas-style BBQ. Native Texans Wade McElroy and Russell Malixi met at school in Austin, and have brought their self-taught 'cue chops (and a trip of hickory smokers and elevated ingredients) to DTLA's historic Grand Central Market. With no more than a queue-and-order window and alfresco communal picnic tables, Horse Thief BBQ serves the local lunchtime crowd and hungry groups everyday from 11am to 6pm (and later on weekends), or until sold out. As any good Texan would know, brisket ($6, 1/4 pound; $12, 1/2 pound) is the star here—dry rubbed and smoked for 15 hours over oak wood. (Sorry burnt ends fans, no charred tips here, just "moist" and "lean.") Pork fans can get their grub on pulled pork ($5, 1/4 pound; $9, 1/2 pound) and pork ribs ($12, half rack; $24, full rack), while poultry lovers can sink their teeth into brined and smoked chicken (Mary's organic, no less). A complete meal is packed on with the proper white bread, dill chips, chopped raw onions and fixings ($3, small; $6, large) of blue cheese and bacon potato salad, cabbage and jicama slaw and heirloom baked beans.


By: Katherine Kims


Venue name: Horse Thief BBQ
Address: 324 S Hill St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11am-4pm, Thu-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm
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I love enjoying a beer on their outdoor patio. They also have Micheladas & Mimosas on the weekends with breakfast tacos!


HOLY BREAKFAST TACOS.  This is a delicious BBQ joint that also has a solid fried chicken sandwich, not to mention very yummy mac n cheese.  Go in the morning on a weekend, however, for the best breakfast tacos LA has to offer.  They might seem a little pricey (3 bucks for 1), but they are absolutely stuffed with eggs, cheese, and the meat of your choosing.  Pulled pork is definitely the standout.  Drinks come with free refills, so if you're planning a day out exploring downtown, you can't do better than a filling, scrumptious breakfast to start, and then periodic iced tea refreshes throughout the day.