I had been hearing many things about a little joint out in the West Valley called Grandpa Fredâ€™s BBQ. I got some emails and many comments posted to this blog, so I felt it was my duty to give this place a proper review. A few months ago I had try to stop in and have lunch, I knew the general area where it was located, but I could not find this restaurant. A BBQ restaurant located on Victory Blvd. shouldnâ€™t be difficult to find, right? No luck.
I was determined to not make the same mistake twice, so I went online and found their website. After all, the first part of any good BBQ review is research. I mapped out the address using Google and found that it was right there, in the same area where I had previously looked. Strange? It turns out that this restaurant is a little difficult to spot from Victory Blvd., itâ€™s actually much easier to find if you turn south on Variel Ave. and make a quick left into the parking lot. Itâ€™s an industrial-park-looking building complex, not what you would expect when looking for a restaurant.
Another item that I had found from my research is that their menu does not include pork. And they are quite proud of that fact. The Grandpa Fredâ€™s website actually had an image with a pig and a big red circle/slash with the words â€œNo Porkâ€ overlaying it. I respect a restaurant with a point of view; it gives them a bit of character. As far as BBQ is concerned they offer beef ribs, links and chicken. There are quite a few other items available, such as rib eyes, fillet mignon, fish and a few varieties of gumbo (Friday only).
We went for dinner on Saturday, which, unknown to us, just happened to be their karaoke night. Can you say fun?â€¦ not really, it was a little dead and I hadnâ€™t had enough drinks to really take advantage of the situation. The dÃ©cor of the restaurant was a little bit funky, and not the good funky either. This was just not a comfortable place for me; I was definitely not going to karaoke that night.
I ordered the beef ribs with a side of collard greens and mac nâ€™ cheese. I must admit, the beef ribs were pretty damn tasty. I really didnâ€™t pick up on the smoke flavor that I look for in BBQ, but yet they were tasty. The sauce was sweet and it complemented the beef ribs quite well. The mac nâ€™ cheese was a little cold and not too delicious. That was unfortunate because I really looking forward to some home-style mac nâ€™ cheese. The greens were pretty good; the only thing that was missing was a piece of cornbread to sop up some of the juice.
My wife was a little more disappointed in here order than I was with mine. She ordered the hot link sandwich. When it came to the table looked way better than it actually was. The link itself wasnâ€™t bad, but it was placed inside of a stale piece of bread. Unfortunately her dilemma didnâ€™t end there. Her sides included a soggy piece of flavorless corn and some cold mashed potatoes. Yeah, Iâ€™m still trying to make this one up to her.
At the end of the evening there was one thing missing and it wasnâ€™t dessert (yes, it was but we didnâ€™t feel like ordering it)â€¦ they had no wet-naps available. Now, how do you run a BBQ restaurant without handing out any wet-naps? I donâ€™t know. I really donâ€™t like to condemn a restaurant with just one visit, we might have caught them on a bad night. So if you have a differing opinion please leave a comment. Thanks.
Grandpa Fred’s interior
BBQ beef ribs
hot link sandwich
21040 Victory Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367-2601