A friend brought me to this place after seeing it in the LA Times. Having not read the article and since we were heading to Chinatown I was under the misconception that we were heading for a Mongolian or some-such barbecue. I was wrong. Walking into the place you get the sense that the old tenants what I assume must have been a low scale convenience store had barely moved out when Spring Street moved in. tables were haphazardly placed around the room amongst cardboard boxes and I'm blanking but I think the tables were covered in plastic picnic table cloths but most striking about the table setups was besides the usual accouterments there was a large loaf of $1.99 Wheat bread at each table, but I digress. Walk to the counter towards the back and side. where a woman is behind a small counter and register siting in a office chair which is way too big for her and slides around the floor way too easily causing her to occasionally grab the counter to keep from sliding back into the kitchen.
After perusing the menu, my friend decided on the burnt ends of the brisket and I think she had the beans and slaw as her sides and I had what was described as the best damn beef sandwich in the world along with fire roasted veggies and slaw. which was brought to our table shortly by a wandering server.
The burnt ends were anything but. They were incredibly smoky and tender with a sauce which was smooth and flavorful. Notice I did not say hot. I don't like heat for heat's sake and this was perfect There was just enough spiciness to let you know it was barbecue, but it did not distract from the other flavors of the meat and sauce.
The Best Damn Sandwich was nearly that. The sliced Brisket was pink in the center with a smoke ring around the outer edge. this was covered in a Gruyere Sauce which went extremely well with the beef. The hoagie roll it was served on was a little dry and had a little too much bread but it was fine. What I didn't remember until after was the sandwich was supposed to come with horseradish on the side which never materialized and if I had that it would have put the sandwich over the top.
My two sides though were disappointing. The fire roasted veggies of squash and zucchini were pre-done and had been sitting around for a while before serving and the cole slaw was the only thing in the place that seemed to come from Smart and Final. Looking around at others' plates, there are some other things I definitely want to try like the mac and cheese and the succotash.
All and all it was an excellent meal and even better that we were out of there for under $20
Spring Street Smoke House
640 N. Spring St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90012