10825 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA | Directions 9134534.266970 -118.467629
Neighborhoods: Mission Hills, North Valley
Best Authentic B.B.Q. – I've been going to the Bearpit since I was young with my family loved it then and still hasnt changed (LOVE it today!) Now tradition with my own kids and yes *family Favorite to this day! Brisket beef on garlic toast or turkey(yummmm) oh also babyback ribs with barbeque beans and taters. Its all good and real barbeque.
It was meh – I had lunch here while visiting from Chicago and had an OK experience. The staff was friendly and took care of us the entire meal, but what's with the sawdust on the ground? Is that how BBQ is done in the West? Anywho, I got the spare ribs which were a little dry, but that was easily fixed by throwing on some of their BBQ sauce.
Overall, I'd say the food was OK, but not great. I've had better BBQ in Chicago to be honest, but this place seemed to draw a crowd so maybe I just needed to order something else. Parking was free and easily available, which is a plus.
The Bear Pit's Good if You Like Boiled Ribs! – I didn't feel ilke cooking for Labor Day so we decided to get some food at "The Bear Pit". Upon entering the place the staff was extremely friendly and when I tasted the ribs I thought, "They'd better be!". We ordered the "Hungry Bear Delight" with cole slaw, deep fried taters, Bar-B-Q beans, and garlic toast. My husband ordered the Bar-B-Q ham sandwich with fries and beans. The beans were absolutely delicious, the cole slaw was great, the ham was succelent, the garlic toast was good but the ribs tasted like "boiled bear hide". Now I know why they call it "The Bear Pit". These ribs did not have any seasoning nor even a drop of hickory smoked flavor in them. So if you go to the "Bear Pit" do NOT order the ribs. Order the ham sandwich on their famous garlic toast because it is loaded with flavor!
Bear Pit a Genuine Pit – So, this is barbeque at it's best? This place serves some of the worst barbeque I have ever had. Small portions at gargantuan prices for mediocre food does not make great barbeque. And those potato balls, what in the hell are those unedible things? I feel sorry for anyone who can give this place more than 1 star, they really must be deprived.
I highly recommend finding a better barbeque restaurant as this one is terrible.
You've got to be kidding – After driving past this place for 30+ years, thought I'd give it a shot. After all, the parking lot's nearly always full. It must be very good.
Well, it's not good. Actually it's horrific.
I picked up take-out ( Beef Ribs,Pork Ribs, chicken,turkey, potatoes, beans, cole slaw and garlic bread) and nearly gagged all the way home in my car from the odor. And--I might add--not one whiff of smoke--pretty weird the restaurant calls itself Missouri BBQ.
Starving when I arrived home, I attacked the food. Yikes, bad move. Most of it was totally inedible. The Beef Ribs were a fright, nothing but gristle and fat, tasting less than fresh and certainly never smoked. Pork Ribs had decent texture, but tasted like a swanson's frozen dinner from 1957. Chicken was passable.
The turkey? Surely this was a joke. The nearest smoke this turkey had been near was when the guy at the processing plant (2-3 years ago?) put it on the truck to send to California while smoking a cigarette.
The cole slaw was not bad. The potatoes were ghastly--How do you screw up potatoes? Is that even possible? I couldn't even look at the beans, let alone eat them.
The whole take-out horror is now in my garbage can, where it truly belongs. 45 dollars worth.
The Bear Pit is for Bears only – The only HUGE portion you get is a piece of garlic powder toast, other than that the chicken and ribs I had today were tasteless, and dry to brittle dry if there is such thing. I started to wonder if I ordered ribs or beef jerkey. I asked the waitress if the ribs had been fried, because they were greasy, and she said that the bear pit has a different way of locking in the moisture after smoking them. I didnt taste anything smoked, they were so dry the only meat on them was like fried jerky, if there was ever such a thing, and dripping with grease. I think they knew they were overdone, and the way they reheat them is to dip them in hot grease to make them seem moist. The beans were okay, but there was 3 spoonfuls of those. The best part of the whole experience was the soda, and leaving. Also, for those mixed, or minority people out there, this place is full of caucasian people, my friend is light skinned black and my kids are mixed, and we had a ton of weird looks being there. For 30 dollars I could have ate better at Tony Romas, or really ate at a fast food joint and been more satisfied for half that price. I will NEVER go back there, nor do I recomend anyone go. The only good reviews they have are probably from thier own extended family.
Great Place, Great Tradition – Best BBQ in town. Great friendly atmosphere. It's hard to find a great place with sawdust on the floor. My family has been going since the day I could walk....over 35 years. The Bear Pit Special on Garlic toast is the first thing everyone should try. We love it!
mediocre food but bad service – when i first walked in i was surprised to see sawdust on the ground, thats just a litlle bit to weird for me. didnt seem hygenic to me. our server was nice but seemed very rushed. i ate the kodak which is ay-okay considering what you pay for it, it comes with Sandwich, Choice of Beef, Pork, Ham, or Turkey on a French Bread, PLUS: Two Spareribs or One Beef Backrib, Served with Choice of Two: Beans - Cole Slaw - Fries (On Garlic Toast....which is not bad, but the people that work there are like zombies....you would think you are in ghost town for a secong. For a good deal Bear Pit...for great service and good beef brisket..hands down to dr hogley wogley
BEST BBQ IN LOS ANGELES – I have been going to the Bear Pit BBQ Restaurant for over 35 years. This restaurant is a Landmark. My favorite is the BBQ beef, pork or ham served on garlic toast with BBQ beans and Cole Slaw. This is a must try. all the food is good here. After you place your order they bring a bowl of crushed ice, with pickles, carrots and cellery to munch on until your order arrives. Its a great place for the family with saw dust on the floor.
Editorial Review – Who says things don't get better with age? Since 1954, slow-cooked, Missouri-style barbecue and famed garlic toast have been the hallmarks of this sawdust-floored family restaurant.
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