I stopped by the "Grand Opening" of the new House of Ribs in WLA today. It is where Pollo Inka was, across from Bandera. Anyway, the place looks the same. They covered the tables with white butcher paper and there are no bottles of sauce on the tables.(I hate bottled sauces in a BBQ place)
The lunch menu features half slabs with fries and slaw for $14. There is pork ribs, beef ribs, and Korean style ribs with rice. There are several basic salads served with three or four bones at $10. A burger, chicken plate, and a few others round out the menu.
I waited for about 10-15 minutes for a server before I started to grow impatient and look around. The staff was deep in the weeds. There was much confusion and several guests were waiting at the reception to get their checks. They had already eaten and were waiting to pay. I heard one guest say they had been there over 2 hours for a party of 5 to get served.
Then a guy came to my table and placed a ceasar salad with 3 pork ribs in front of me. I had not even ordered a beverage yet. The ribs looked small and dry. The salad looked like it had no dressing, just lettuce and croutons. No parm, no anchovies in sight. He pulled it away and served it to someone on the other side of the room.
It's a good thing I saw the plate before I ordered anything. Now it was well past 15 minutes without any attention, and that's when I saw the clincher: Iced tea for 3 bucks! WTF? In a BBQ place? A $3 Iced Tea? Hell, the sodas were $2. That better be some mighty special tea.
I walked out. No one noticed. No one. I made as slow and deliberate moves as I could, but no one knew I was there, much less walking out.
Too bad Bandera is not open for lunch. I was ready for some Q.