On a Sunday road trip, I was getting a BBQ craving and was hoping to finally try Grandpa Fred's BBQ in Woodland Hills. Last time I showed up, it was on a Monday, the one day of the week that they're closed. Well, my luck wasn't getting any better, because Grandpa Fred's was closed again, only this time because their parking lot was being repaved this weekend. In fact, most of the shops next to it were closed also. 0 for 2 now. I hope to one day try their beef ribs that I've read so many good things about.
I then decided to drive down Ventura Blvd and see what other BBQ places were nearby. Stopped by El Paso BBQ, but they were closed too. Then dropped by Rosie's BBQ, but wasn't impressed by the look of the place, as it looked pretty empty. I decided to pass.
I then finally found Thai 'N I. Not traditional southern BBQ, but I've heard fantastic things about their ribs. They were indeed open, 4-9PM on Sundays. It is a tiny little restaurant with maybe about 8-10 tables for customers, with a fair number of customers ordering takeout.
Since I've been craving BBQ, I seriously thought about getting the 10-piece pork rib plate, but not being sure how big these ribs were, I decided to opt for one of the entree plates, the rib/chicken combo, with pad thai noodles and mee grob. This combo was $9.95.
Good thing I got the combo, because these BBQ pork ribs were HUGE. No way I would've finished off 10 of these. These were pork spareribs in the 9" size range, instead of small baby back ribs. They had a different flavor than traditional American BBQ, but they tasted fantastic, being quite tender, extremely tasty. I gobbled up the 5 pieces of ribs, along with 3 tasty pieces of chicken (2 drumsticks and a thigh). The pad thai was decent, while the mee grob was pretty good, being the first time I"ve ever tried it. It was probably my fault, because I spilled the mee grob sauce onto my plate, so it mixed with the pad thai.
While I was upset that Grandpa Fred's was closed, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise for me to try Thai 'N I, truly a gem in the Valley. I don't think we have any restaurants quite like this in OC.
Thai 'N I
17544 Ventura Blvd