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Baby Blues BBQ -- good first visit


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Baby Blues BBQ -- good first visit

silence9 | Dec 6, 2004 01:06 PM

Good day... Last evening we descended like the rain upon Baby Blues BBQ in Venice. I was anticipating a much smaller joint, but was surprised that in addition to a sit-down counter area (of approx. a dozen chairs, for the luch crowd, I suppose) there was a second room (which though smallish) had about 6 tables, including a larger table for family-style sit-down (zany TV chef and lovable nutjob Tommy Tang was at the larger table, with friends)... We ordered take-out, and were treated most cordially by the waitress and cook. For the wife and myself (big appetites) we ordered: a) half-slab platter of the dry-rub pork ribs, which comes with a dense and oniony corn muffin and two side fixins (we choose the stewed okra and cole slaw; b) a pulled pork sandwich on a grilled bun; c) a pulled beef brisket sandwich also on a grilled bun; d) additional sides of mashed sweet potatoes and more of those oniony/oily dense corn muffins; d) an hefty slice of sour cream chocolate cake... The pulled pork and pulled brisket were fine; only complaint, the bottom buns got way too soggy on the drive home to the Valley; I suspect if eaten on-site, the buns would have been just fine. Now for the ribs: very tasty! The half slab came with 5 very meaty and lean ribs; this was my first experience with dry-rub ribs, and I certainly approve.The juices rendered from the ribs mixed nicely with the dry-rub to create a tasty spice coating, obviating the need for any hot sauce or bbq sauce. The okra was simple and good, as were the slaw and sweet potato mash. The chocolate cake was nicely homey, like your mother makes when she doesn't measure ingredients and just eyeballs the chocolate, butter and flour. Oh, and for the sauces (on the side): the bbq sauce is thin, vinegary and has a slow burn; perfect for the sandwiches. There is also a hot sauce offered, only slightly thicker and sweeter than the bbq sauce, but also carrying that slow burn. You get as much as you want in containers to go... The staff/owners know they are a big hit on the Chowhound board, and act accordingly confident of their product and their ability to please.... The tab was just a bit stiff for two people (though we could have fed three if we were not the gluttons we are) at $45 dollars. But the food and service, for us, more than justified the price tab for some remarkable 'cue.

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