Jax Bar and Grill

Jax sign
Jax Bar and Grill in Glendale.

Tonight’s 7in7 BBQ restaurant review was close to being a complete disaster. Someone in the BBQ Junkie’s inner circle had highly recommended Jax in Glendale. “Sure, why not?” I thought to myself. Jazz and BBQ would be the perfect way to end the 7in7.

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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.

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My Brother’s Bar-B-Q

My Brother\'s BBQ sign

The 7in7 had a major wrench thrown into the system today. Someone scheduled me for a lunch meeting and didn’t even bother to have it catered by a BBQ restaurant. This was beginning to smell a little bit like sabotage, but it would take more than a lunch meeting to keep the BBQ Junkie down. Much more.

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Outdoor Grill

Outdoor Grill sign
Outdoor Grill and Handy J Hand Wash

Today was the 7in7 hump-day and it ended up being a bit of a challenge for me. My boss asked me to go with him to Costco during lunch and, being the supportive boss that he is, he suggested that we do the Outdoor Grill for today’s 7in7 BBQ restaurant. I was actually thinking about doing the Outdoor Grill until L.A. Dining beat me to it. I’m not trying to say that I can’t review it because they have already done it. I’m just saying.

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Santa Maria Barbecue Company

Santa Maria Barbecue Company signage
Santa Maria Barbecue Company in Culver City

What to do today for the 7in7? I have a late start on lunch, 12:30, and I have to be back for a 1:30 meeting. Who schedules a 1:30 meeting during the week of the 7in7? That’s another story. Going off of a tip from a co-worker, we decide to put Santa Maria Barbecue Company to the BBQ Junkie test.

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Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs

Mr. Cecil\'s Sign

Through my powers of persuasion I was easily able to convince some co-workers to join me in the 7in7 and participate in an evaluation of Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs BBQ restaurant. We had two criteria to meet; it had to be near our job in Santa Monica and have good BBQ. Having previously visited Mr. Cecil’s, I knew that it would meet both criteria without a problem. I called ahead to see if they offered any vegetarian dishes. You can stop laughing anytime. It wasn’t for me, but for my carpool partner who is a recovering meat eater. I was told that they have a couple of vegetarian items, kabobs and such, but to avoid the fries because they were cooked in lard. I give them props for that alone. So on we went.

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Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill sign
The smell of smoking mesquite has often called to me long before the restaurant sign is visible from the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills .

I decided to start out the 7in7 with what to me was an unknown, a stranger among friends. Not a complete stranger, but one that I have seen around So Cal many times. There are several locations scattered around Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. Although I have often wanted to, I had never stopped in. Today, I am pleased to say that the silence has been broken. Today is the day that I was formally introduced to Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. The humble exterior of this BBQ restaurant did not match the interior, which was refined and expansive.

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Baby Blues Bar-B-Q

Baby Blues Bar-B-Q sign
Baby Blues Bar-B-Q in Venice

Los Angeles has many well-established BBQ restaurants and some not-so-well-established. On a recent BBQ food adventure with a couple of gentlemen from L.A. Dining, the food blog, we discovered that you could find decent BBQ in Venice if you were willing to pay the price.

Maybe our ordering strategy was wrong?
… We were trying to order a little bit of everything.

Two plates to share between the three of us is all that we ordered, how could it come out to $23 a person?
… They were the most expensive plates on the menu and BBQ is never truly inexpensive.

Why was the food so cold?”
… We did spend a lot of time photographing the food.

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Rib Ranch Bar-B-Q

Rib Ranch Bar-B-Q
Rib Ranch Bar-B-Q on Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Have you ever got up in the morning and decided that you had to have some barbecue. That’s what happened to me today. I was really craving some slow smoked barbecue spare ribs, but deep down inside a little voice was telling me that I don’t have the time make any today. Lets face it, real good home style BBQ takes time to prepare. On to plan “B,” convince my wife that I really wanted to take her out to get some BBQ for lunch and that it had entirely nothing to do with my BBQ Junkie blog. She is a very understanding soul and went along with it. Yesss!

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Dr. Hogly Wogly’s

Dr. Hogly Wogly's sign
Dr. Hogly Wogly’s is recognized as one of Los Angeles’ foremost BBQ destinations. Although it claims to by Tyler Texas style BBQ, this San Fernando Valley restaurant has become a significant ingredient in the Los Angeles barbecue vernacular. If you aren’t the type of person who likes to barbecue, or perhaps doesn’t have the time to barbecue, but are a fan of barbecue, I would recommend going to see the Doctor.

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Tri tip on the beach.

The tri tip is cooked over mesquite coals, which imparts a wonderful smokiness to the meat.