Maple Block BBQ in Culver City

Maple Block Meat Company, First Impressions.

I’ve wanted to try this BBQ joint out for some time and yesterday the stars were aligned. I happened to be in the vicinity of the Maple Block Meat Company right before closing time.

So I walk in 5 minutes before closing and just wanted a sandwich. I looked on their chalkboard, and that’s where I saw the special. Old School Brisket sandwich and a drink for nine bucks. How could I say no to that?

I ask for the sauce on the side, because that’s what I do when I order BBQ… I want to taste the meat. The delightful woman behind the counter lets me know that it won’t be a problem and it’s now time to order a drink, and I’m thinking about what the fountain drink options are. She then lets me know that the drink can be lemonade, iced tea or a handmade soda…. I get an ear to ear grin and order a handmade ginger soda. It was almost worth the nine bucks all by itself. It was delicious!

The brisket was tender, maybe a little too tender like it had been chopped and stewed a bit in some fat drippings. I was ok with it because it was pretty flavorful and I could taste the smoke and meat.

I decided to stop picking at the meat and take a bite of it as a sandwich. Things went a little off course at that point. All that juicy, beefy, brisket flavor was completely neutralized by the bun. It was as if the DJ just bumped the turntable in the middle of your favorite jam. Therefore, I had to add the sauce, which supplemented enough flavor and moisture to bring the full BBQ flavor back to my brisket sandwich party.

I’m not sure how often they run this special, but on this day it was worth the price of admission. I plan on returning for a more thorough review of this BBQ restaurant and possibly meeting with the pitmaster. In the meantime try out their lunch special. If you have been there and have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and happy BBQ’n.

Maple Block Meat Company

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3973 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230


(310) 313-6328


11:30am – 3pm
Mon–Thurs: 5pm – 10pm
Fri–Sat: 5pm – 10:30pm
Sun: 5pm – 10pm

Maple Block Meat Company Old School BBQ Brisket Sandwich with a handmade ginger soda.
Maple Block Meat Company Old School BBQ Brisket Sandwich with a handmade ginger soda.

2 thoughts on “Maple Block BBQ in Culver City”

  1. You are brave going five minutes before closing. The Reverend Biggles used to tell me: “You can have the best meal ever at a bbq restaurant and return three hours later to the worst.” Handmade ginger soda sounds awesome.

    • It was a questionable move to go in five minutes before closing, but they were going to re-open two hours later for dinner. The staff was fantastic, I didn’t feel rushed or short-changed in any way.


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