The top two tri-tip sandwiches in SoCal are, according to RSMBob: Buckboard BBQ, whose owner is something of a tri-tip evangelist, and Santa Maria gets an honorable mention.
Most days, the wood-fired grill is smoking away in front of Green Acres Market, where they make a mean tri-tip sandwich on garlic bread, says davinagr. Salads are outstanding, too–try the garlic and cheese pasta salad.
Most hounds are clued in to the great tri-tip grilled up at certain Hows Markets, usually on a rotating basis. As of this summer, though, the weekly barbecue is a feature every weekend at all locations, according to the web site.
Boneyard Bistro serves a delicious, and enormous, tri-tip sandwich, says Boy Lorin– good-quality meat, good-quality bread. It’s $14.
We’re not sure about the other Phillips locations, but the manager of #2, a member of the Phillips family (that’s BBQ royalty), says his sliced beef is tri-tip. Of course, you can get it in a sandwich.
And Wood Ranch, at the Grove, gets knocked regularly as a chain, but they do what they do very well, says RSMBob–including a somewhat nontraditional, but very tasty, tri-tip. Available as a sandwich or as a combo entree item.
Phillips Barbecue II [South LA]
1517 Centinela Ave., Inglewood
Phillips Barbecue [South LA]
4307 Leimert Blvd. # 3, Los Angeles
Phillips Barbeque [Crenshaw]
2619 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
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