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Mr Cecils Barbecue

Kevin | | Oct 3, 2000 10:09 PM

This weekend, I went to Mr. Cecil's Barbecue in on Pico in LA which was a total mistake. The LA Times had just posted a review on the restaurant and it was very very difficult to get in. I waited about 1 hour and a half for a table for two. After getting our menus, we waited over half an hour just to get our orders in. It was especially frustrating because I noticed that people were coming in through the back door and hovered over some tables like vultures while they were being cleared, and sat down as soon as the staff finished.

After ordering, we waited patently for more than half an hour again before our entrees AND appetizer arrived at the same time. The appetizer was simply chips and salsa. The salsa was obviously freshly chopped, in addition to tradtional ingredients, there were yellow bell peppers and cucumbers. This salsa had absolutly NO heat (unless I can't taste it because I've eaten too many hablaneros to taste normal jalapeno heat).

I ordered the beef ribs, which came with a cornbread and a coleslaw. The ribs are cooked in the 'dry style' with no sauce, but two types of sauces (cajun and mesquite) is provided in bottle if you so desire. I really don't think the ribs were ever cooked in a smoker, but probably par-boiled and/or baked in an oven and finished on the grill. I tasted no smoke at all, which may turn away some bbq purists. However the ribs were quite tender and came off the bone easily. The ribs weren't dry, but the flavor was really a combination of the char from the grill and the very sweet cajun sauce that I dipped it ribs in.

My buddy ordered the combination plate which was a half slab of pork ribs and two beef ribs. My comments on the pork ribs are the same as the beef ribs.

The restaurant has a good selection of imported beer, including a 750 mL Belgian ale.

The service was extremly slow, but I wouldn't write it off to being unexpectedly shorthanded. I noticed the staff over-attending, even fawning over two tables while brushing off the rest of the guests, including those that came in just to pick up their phone-in order. IMHO, the food wasn't good enough to give the staff a second chance. There's much better bbq at a few other restaurants and my own backyard.