Glencrest Bar-B-Que Restaurant

Glencrest Bar-B-Que in Venice
Glencrest Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Venice

This has by far been the easiest day to do 7in7. I didn’t have any meetings scheduled during my lunch hour and I could see the light at the end of the reviewing tunnel. I had decided that the 6th BBQ restaurant the 7in7 was going to be the Glencrest Bar-B-Que Restaurant on Abbott Kinney Blvd. in Venice. I had visited the restaurant once, long ago, and couldn’t remember whether I had liked it or not. So why not give it a try and throw so photos up on my blog while I’m at it.

The restaurant is small with a couple of tables for alfresco dining and a few stools inside. You can’t beat the location on a day that is warm and sunny, like today. It has a very “mom and pop” feel. As I entered the building there is an undeniable smell of smoked wood, this is always a sign of good BBQ. The menu was written on a mocha colored chalk board and I couldn’t help but notice that the BBQ menu had a soul food twist. The side dishes that were offered included everything from collard greens to mac n’ cheese. They also had a good variety of deserts on the menu, like 7up cake peach cobbler.

The prices were the some of the most reasonable thus far; I had the Bar-B-Que pork rib dinner and a strawberry soda for $10.25. This rib dinner was the most expensive item on the menu, not bad by BBQ standards. I also like the fact that you didn’t have to order the ribs by the rack. The dinner came with two sides, so I opted for the collard greens and red beans and rice.

The ribs were very filling and had a good smoke flavor. My biggest complaint would be that the texture was a bit uneven. They were tender in certain areas and I little tough in others. The collard greens were very satisfying and the corn bread was pretty delicious. The red beans and rice lacked seasoning and flavor. Not sure what happened here. The strawberry soda was the perfect way to wash things down.

The BBQ wasn’t perfect but you can’t beat the location on a sunny California day. Have BBQ and go shopping on Abbot Kinney? I’m in. I’m going to have to return and see what their other items are like… and try some sock it to me cake. If you work or live in the area, give them a try.

Glencrest Bar-B-Que inside
Chalk board menu, a nice warm touch

Glencrest Bar-B-Que view of the street
View of Abbot Kinney

Glencrest Bar-B-Que dinner plate
BBQ rib dinner with two sides and cornbread

Glencrest Bar-B-Que Ribs
mmm, BBQ ribs

Glencrest Bar-B-Que side dishes
Red beans and rice with collard greens

Glencrest Bar-B-Que Restaurant
1146 Abbott Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
310-399-9641
Tuesday-Saturday
11am-8pm

Comments

  1. says

    How many days are you into this? In that you deviated from your original schedule, will you at another time do a followup with the places you didn’t get to visit?

    Did I mention, I enjoy your reviews.

  2. says

    day 7 and I just got back from my last restaurant. I’m not happy with the way things ended (the restaurant ended up not being a BBQ restaurant) so I am going to try to get to Phillips BBQ or Woody’s BBQ next week some time.

  3. says

    Great article. There’s a lot of good information here, though I did want to let you know something – I am running Fedora with the up-to-date beta of Firefox, and the design of your blog is kind of bizarre for me. I can read the articles, but the navigation doesn’t function so well.

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