So I was heading down to Woody's BBQ, which was pretty decent, by the way, and just marvelling at the *number* of BBQ places that I was passing.
We've had the BBQ discussion here a bunch of times before, and the same names keep coming up: Gadberry's. Woody's. Phillip's. Jay Bee's. And then people attack the same ones. Doc Hogly Wogly's. The Beverly Hills BBQ.
So my question is: are these the names that keep coming up because they truly are the very best, or are they the only one's people go to because they got mentioned by J. Gold or one of the other books?
I mean: I have to have passed twelve BBQ joints between my place and Woody's. Who knows how many there are in South L.A. Has anyone actually eaten at most of them, or had some collective family-type group eaten at most of them, and can actually say, "Phillip's is the best," or something like that, or has everyone on this board eaten just at the same four or five?
Because if no one else has done it, I will.
And anybody who wants can come with me.
I say this because, neither Phillip's nor Woody's was nearly as good as my favorite place in Boston. Boston! (To be fair, the place in Boston, Jake's, was pretty famous. I remember the Steve Raichlen book, the Barbecue Bible, in it's top 25 BBQ joints in the world, lists four places for America - three in the South, and Jake's.) But not even close.
And, when I was eating at my favorite BBQ place in Memphis (Interstate BBQ) - which is better than Jake's - the little story about the owner said he had opened Interstate after coming to Memphis from LA and discovering, to his disappointment, that Memphis was much satisfying than LA. Weird, but this is the owner of the Interstate. So maybe things have changed, but I keep thinking: Wow, maybe there's true glory ten minutes from my house, and I don't know about it.