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The Pig

lil mikey | Apr 1, 2002 10:52 AM

This is a small place on La Brea south of Melrose. It's right next door to the Regent theater, so dinner and a movie is very convenient.

I had the brisket dinner, which came with corn on the cob and mashed potatoes and gravy. My bride had the baby back rib dinner, which came with potato salad and another side, which I can't remember at the moment.

We also ordered a side of corn bread.

Both the ribs and the brisket were dry. This is not necessarily bad for barbecue, in fact I rather liked being able to try each of their 4 barbecue sauces on the meat. I think I prefer to put the sauce on dry meat instead of being stuck with a bunch of sauce that either isn't too good to begin with, or that you get tired of after about 10 bites.

The flavor of the meat was very good, although the sides were unremarkable.

This is a small place. You go up to the counter to order, and they bring the food to you. There are about 6 tables outside on La Brea. Inside there is one large table that can seat about 6, and three side-by-side tables that can seat 2 each. There are also 2 counters inside. One looks out onto La Brea, and seats about 6, and another looks into a wood wall, behind which is the kitchen. This counter is right where people walk in, so it looks like it can get a bit hectic if it's crowded.

It's good barbecue, but due to the size my recommendation is to go when it's not likely to be too crowded. We arrived about 6:00 pm, and were able to easily find a seat. However by the time we left, it was getting a little more crowded, and I can see how at certain times you might not be able to find a seat (say right before or after a movie next door).

We're definitely going back, but next time I'm going to order a'la carte, and pick some other side dishes. We also learned (unfortunately after we ordered) that on Fridays they have a brisket taco special. Two tacos with the same brisket meat I had (which I really liked).

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