What better way is there to finish up a trip to downtown Los Angeles, than with some BBQ? My first inclination was to take my wife (Cutty) and my niece (Missy) over to the Spring Street Smokehouse, but it seems that they are closed on Sunday. Fortunately, I had a plan B that wasnâ€™t too far away. A quick right turn on Cesar Chavez Ave. and a few blocks up the street turns into Sunset. You go a little further to Figueroa St. and there is the BBQ King restaurant. I had driven by BBQ king after leaving Dodger Stadium once and have wanted to stop by ever since. It was as though the moons were aligned.
Parking is a little tight, but it is downtown L.A. and this place looks pretty popular among the locals. Once parked, we gaze upon all of the barrel smokers on the side of the restaurantâ€¦ I am in heaven and I am ready to eat. We order, or at least, try to order. The cashier is very nice, but canâ€™t seem to get our order right. After about five minutes of going back and forth, we believe that we have things straightened out. Many people rave about their burgers so much so that these burgers were actually featured on one of Bobby Flayâ€™s shows on the Food Network. Imagine that? But, when Iâ€™m craving BBQâ€¦ a burger just wont do. I ordered the BBQ rib dinner (sauce on the side) with a side of BBQ beans and coleslaw. Cutty, had the hotlink (Peteâ€™s link on the menu) sandwich combo, which included fries and a drink. Missy ordered the smoked chicken BBQ dinner with two sides of greens (she really likes greens). To finish off the orderâ€¦ strawberry sodas all around and a couple of apple cobblers.
The dinners came and those ribs looked so delicious… minus any apparent smoke ring. There I was, with a boatload of ribs in front of meâ€¦ Iâ€™m lucky I got any pictures off at all. Then I took a bite, or should I say, â€œtriedâ€ to take a bite. These BBQ spareribs were very tough and chewy without much BBQ or smoke flavor. Not what I was expecting at all. The sauce on the other hand, was terrific. It had a great BBQ flavor that blended the sweet and the spice. It worked well with all of the dishes at the table. It helped out the flavor those ribs tremendously, but all the BBQ sauce in the world wasnâ€™t going to make them tender.
BBQ beans are one of my favorite sides, and these were no exception. These were good and satisfied all of my BBQ been desires. The beans were the first dish to be entirely consumed. The coleslaw on the other hand was pretty darn soggy. They served their meals up with a sweet little cornbread muffin that turned out to be pretty good. I split mine with Missy so she could add it to her greens. That girl loves greens.
Missyâ€™s BBQ chicken came covered in BBQ sauce. It was probably a good thing, because she was complaining that the chicken meat was a little dry. She wasnâ€™t impressed with the chicken but did work her way through her meal saying, â€œhunger is the best seasoning.â€ I did taste her chicken and found that indeed it was dry but it had more smoke flavor than my ribs did. â€œHey, these greens are pretty goodâ€ Missy said. She offered me a taste and I agreed with her. They were pretty tasty.
Cuttyâ€™s hotlink was swimming in a pool of BBQ sauce on the bun. But, as we found out later, was a very delicious. They had two choices on the link, beef or chicken. She chose the chicken. Her order came with french fries which she didnâ€™t care for. They were of the thick and slightly greasy variety. She is more of a McDonaldâ€™s french fry type of girl. I, on the other hand, loved the fries. Great flavor and slightly greasy, what else could you ask for?
Half way through our dinner we realized that they hadnâ€™t brought our apple cobblers. We had to go back up there and request them. No problem. The flavor was good, but the consistency was a soupy and the crust was a little soggyâ€¦ or as Missy said â€œwhere is the crust?â€
The people were nice and the restaurant was unique which also included a carwash next doorâ€¦ just in case you wanted to go cruising after dinner. And, they have a great view of downtown Los Angeles. The hamburgers might be the way to go here, which is what they are famous for. Or, you can go with the hot link. I wouldnâ€™t recommend the spareribs or the coleslaw. If you have been here or go, I would love to hear about your experience. Just post a comment below.
A few smokers on the side of the restaurant
Delicious “looking” BBQ ribs
Good beans, soggy slaw and some sauce on the side
BBQ chicken and greens
BBQ hotlink and fries
View of downtown L.A.
The Original Texas BBQ King
867 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mon. – Sat.
6AM – 10PM
6AM – 8PM