Fantastic (Santa Maria Style) Tri Tip. You can buy it by the pound, in a sandwich, on a plate, over a salad, or in a burrito. The meat is tender and flavorful, and while they offer BBQ sauce, don't bother, enjoy the flavor of the meat and it's rub. I had the sandwich (it comes on garlic bread), which I have to say was delicious. They don't say, "how would you like that?", but you can ask for the meat, however you'd like it cooked.
The sides were hit and miss. Between use we had the chili (like a greasy bowl of red stewed beef?? could have been tasty, but it wasn't), the green salad (homemade tasting blue cheese dressing was good), potato salad (described as being mustardy, but it wasn't really, and kind of sweet... the table was divided on this), coleslaw (large pieces of fresh cabbage a plus, but there was pinapple juice, and that divided the table as well). For an extra charge you can get grilled veggies, that might be the way I'd go next time. (there are a few other options as well)
I ordered 1/2 lb of the tri tip to go, asked for it as rare as they had it --figured it would travel better that way, and since it can never be too rare for me, how could I lose. Heated up fantastically the next day.
I should mention there are plenty of other things on the menu, at very reasonable prices, I think the sandwich (or plate) and two side combo was $8.95. Can't vouch for any of the other meats. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed beef, so flavorful in and of itself.
Santa Maria BBQ
9552 Washington Blvd
(where Culver and Washington intersect)
Culver City, CA
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