Fueled by Jonathan Gold's recent writeup, and some positive Chowhound postings, our party went to Zeke's last night.
I'm a seasoned barbecue enthusiast and grew up in the south. I'm very happy with my Phillip's trips, but usually unexcited about other BBQ I try in LA.
Zeke's definitely had the KooKooRoo ambience others noted, and did seem like a franchise waiting to happen.
But it's about the food, right?
We had the brisket and the beef ribs - reviews indicated these were the Texas-style items that were most successful.
All of us were underwhelmed. Good BBQ takes over your brain like a great performance - you just chew and swallow, enjoying every moment.
This was just moderately enjoyable meat.
Add to that the high price ($64 for exactly 7 ribs, 1 lb. of brisket, a basket of sweet potato fries, 5 slices of white bread, and 3 beers before tip). And the awkward servers.
And you don't have much to recommend.
Not sure what would compel Mr. Gold - who I used to trust absolutely - to call attention to this place, or its brisket.