After traveling deep into LA County for business and eating at Amber's Chicken and Donut for lunch, I decided that for dinner, I would dine at one of the numerous BBQ places in the San Fernando Valley that I've often read about here on Chowhound, but have yet to visit.
It was a hard decision to make, as numerous choices were available to me, like the oft-discussed Swinging Door, Dr. Hogly Wogly's, Bear Pit BBQ, Rosie's BBQ, Valley Ranch BBQ, Uncle Andre's, Grandpa Fred's, Rib Rack, Ribs USA, etc.
I decided to check out Mom's BBQ House in Van Nuys, simply because it was one place where all the reviews I read were positive. With most of the other places, reviews were mixed, as each place had its devoted followers along with critical detractors.
Mom's BBQ is on the corner of Vanowen and Hazeltine. Smack in the corner of an tiny outdoor strip mall, the parking lot was far too tiny for the numerous cars that tried to park there, so I practiced my parallel parking and parked across the street.
This is a tiny little restaurant that has about 7 or 8 tables for indoor dining. Most of the customers were ordering take-out, and they were constantly coming in as I ate.
While I read that the fried chicken was excellent here, since I had broasted chicken at Amber's for lunch, I decided to stick with the BBQ. At $9.95 for the BBQ dinner of beef ribs, it seemed like a bargain price for what I usually pay for BBQ in OC.
I got 4 big-ass beef ribs in the 10-12" range. The meat-to-bone ratio was about normal, about 20%, for 3 of the ribs. 1 rib had a much more generous cut of meat on it, probably a 30% on the meat-to-bone ratio. The beef wasn't quite fall-off-the-bone tender, but it was very tasty and flavorful. There were generous amounts of BBQ sauce puddled at the bottom of the plate. I dipped my ribs into the BBQ sauce, but the meat quality was tasty enough that I didn't necessarily have to dip them.
The overall quality of the beef ribs were pretty good. They didn't quite reach the high level that I've had at Joey's BBQ and Tulsa Rib Company recently, but it was about as good as the ribs I had at the Rib Nest in Gardena.
Sides included corn on the cob, which was very good, some macaroni salad, which was just OK, and 2 slices of white bread.
Overall, it was a great meal that was well worth the money, and I would heartily recommend this place to those in search of quality BBQ at an affordable price.
Thanks to those Chowhounds who mentioned this place earlier. Hopefully, my post will let newer Chowhounds know about this little gem of a BBQ shack. For those critics who say there is no good BBQ in LA or OC, you're missing out on the BBQ at Mom's.
Mom's BBQ House
14062 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA
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