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my dinner at Zeke's Smokehouse (Hollywood and long)

blackbookali | Aug 29, 200512:09 PM

I was expecting a little dissapointment but I would up surprised, happy and full. The background was that I just spent the entire weekend moving to a new apartment with a buddy and we found ourselves filthy but very hungry and thristy for some beer. After having some good beer but bad food at Cat and Fiddle, we rolled the dices on Zeke's at Santa Monica and La Brea. Did I mention we showed up filthy? I was worried we weren't going to get served but what we got was excellent service - upon entering the place out waiter overheard our discussion of cerveza and showed with two corona's. We drank for a bit and then ordered a feast - 1/2lb of pulled pork, 1/2lb of brisket, 1/2 slab of spare ribs, a link and sides of collard greens and beans. The brisket won top honors, nice smoke ring, juicy, rich and really didn't need the sauce (three sauce selection including one mustard base - always a nice touch). The spareribs took second for nearly all the same reasons. The pulled pork was nice, not too dry or fatty but didnt have the smoke flavor that the previous two had. The link was, well, the weak link - average sausage that happened to be bbq. The collard greens were decent(with all that meat, they were very much needed) and the beans did it's job of being a side dish. Now I am usually one to advocate making the drive for bbq, like south of the 10(mom's BBQ, Phillip's, Woody's etc.) but this may be an exception to that rule. Most of the places I love are "joints" - little to no seating, odd hours, no booze - which makes Zeke's a bit of an oasis. We paid for it though - after three rounds of Corona's and all that food the bill hit $74.00 before tip. Makes me want to just go out and grill myself when I think about the tab, but if you are willing to pay for the service(which was very good) the food which is good BBQ for Southern Cal standards and are very tired - Zeke's can be just what the doctor ordered.

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