I finally made it to this place. I've been reading about it for a while and, despite all of the raves, I have to side with the few who say, "Puh-LEase!" to this place. It's not completely useless, though. Opinions reflect those of myself and dining mate xcept where noted:
Chicken: excellent. Their best item and the only thing I'd go back for. Good spice rub, well cooked and, again, very smoky flavor.
Baby back ribs: quite good. I can't vouch for their "Memphis-ness" but they are smokey and not drenched in sauce.
Shrimp: good but not approaching the levels of greatness proclaimed by our server who kind of hard-sold me on the critters. nicely charred. if you have a thing for flame-cooked shrimp you might be into these guys. drizzled with a meaningless sauce.
Pulled Brisket: the first bite was good but after that i was glad i'd ordered a 3-item sampler because I couldn't even make it through my small portion. It's cooked beautifully but there's way too much sugar up in there and it has a cloying sweetness, an unfortunate theme of BB's.
Mac and Cheese: not bad. again, tasted really good at first but after a while i started wondering why it was so sweet. My friend liked it more than i did. Super super moist; i like it drier.
Collard greens: Basic boiled collards. I liked 'em. Dinner buddy wasn't so keen on them but I like mostly unadulterated greens.
Cornbread: more like corn cake. i actually like this type of cornbread. it has pieces of real corn in it and is moist. traditional cornbread is great but usually suffers in restaurants because it doesn't keep well.
Mashed potatoes: My dinner-mate ordered sweet potatoes as a side. Server brought mac and cheese. Then she brought these before finally getting it right. We ended up with a lot of food on our table! These are well mashed with some pieces of potato remaining which i like. And a little cheese is a nice touch but this was more like 1:1 potatoes:cheese. I think it was blue cheese. Whatever the cheese it was WAY TOO MUCH... WAAAAAY too much. Really annoying that they would try too hard and f&*k up one of life's great simple foods.
Mashed sweet potatoes: dude, they're alREADY sweet when you pull them out of the ground. cinnamon was a nice touch but do you really need to add this much sugar? No, you don't.
Creamed Spinach: they use fresh spinach but, again, i couldn't get rid of the sensation that it had been sweetened. Started tasting nasty after a few bites and I couldn't finish it.
Catfish: My 3-item "Big Blue" sampler included a paltry portion of non-descript fried catfish. Nothing wrong with it; nothing right with it either.
You can bring your own beer/wine.
Like a lot of things that come to L.A., Baby Blues could use the following advice: Stop trying so hard; you're already beautiful!
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