7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9004634.090950 -118.363243
Neighborhoods: West Hollywood, Central LA
You definitely want to go to Baby Blues with a group of friends to this happy hour. This place is happening and the plates are big enough to share. Ribs, fried green tomatoes, mac and cheese. And lots of beer to wash all the fried food down.
Great BBQ, you have to try at least once – I have been here for lunch and dinner and the food quality is always top notch. It can get loud here so beware. Otherwise, this is a fun place with BBQ you can not find in LA. The food is very good that makes you want more even though the portions are good sized. You have to try the bannana pudding.
TOTALLY FLAVORLESS HOSPITAL FOOD – I ordered the smoked babyback rib platter with mac & cheese, sweet potato mash and cornbread.
There was absolutely nothing smoked about the ribs. They tasted like they had been cooked in an oven and not in a smoker nor on a BBQ. They didn't even have a slight hint of smokey flavor. It was hugely disappointing that they don't actually BBQ the meat at a BBQ restaurant.
The mac & cheese had no flavor at all. It was 100% insipid. I couldn't taste (nor see) the cheese, It tasted like bad hospital food.
The sweet potato mash was palatable, although very greasy (too much butter) and over-sweetened.
Whoever the "chef" is (and I use that term loosley), I strongly suggest they go back to school and learn a different trade...or go work in the kitchen at Cedars Sinai.
Since this was the second chance I've given this place, I definitely won't be returning.
This place is a rip off! – I went for lunch the today and the food was really subpar. I got a BBQ Chicken Salad and it didn't have any of the normal things you would expect in a BBQ Chicken Salad. It was very bland and almost unedible. I think the biggest failure was the ranch dressing. It was thin and had no flavor, a liquidy consistency. Usually ranch is thick, full of herbs and it's flavorful but this fell completely flat. The salad consisted of romanie lettuce, 2 cherry tomatoes halved, some red peppers, old looking corn, black beans and a dry, skinny piece of chopped chicken. It was a real let down. No onions, no chips, no cheese, no black olives, no cucumber, no herbs, nothing you would expect from a 13 dollar BBQ Chicken Salad.
I was so upset, I had to say something to the waitress. I simply told her that I didn't feel right abut paying $12.95 for a salad of that quality. She brought over the bill and the salad was on there. I was ok with that but I at least wanted to speak with the manager. I asked for the manager and I was told that he was "too busy" to speak with me and that my dislike of the salad was subjective. She gave me $4 off the bill and we called it a day. I was not happy with the $4 off. That salad was not worth $8.95 and I wanted to make a point that this salad was not up to standard. I wouldn't serve that to guests at my home, nevermind a paying client.
Long story short, I was with my fiance and he doesn't feel comfortable with complaining so I had to drop it. After we left, he said his Pulled Pork sandwich was also terrible. He said it was a big bun with barely any meat on it for $12. What a rip off! I was kind of angry that he didn't say anything sooner. I would have complained about both dishes. I hate to pay and let a restaurant think they are doing a good job when the food is terrible.
I have been to this place in the past and it was always decent. I will not return after this trip. Truly awful. What kind of manager doesn't want to know what the customers think of the food? I compliment when it's good and I criticize when it's bad. That's what you should do when you're paying for something.
The beer was good and the waitress was fast. We had a nice time, unfortunately the food sucked.
It's really not difficult to make ranch dressing - how can they mess that up??? I can make better ranch at home and it takes 5 minutes!
Needless to say, I am still craving the BBQ Chicken Salad I wanted.
HORRIBLE SERVICE – For me service is a pretty major factor on whether or not I'm coming back to a place or not. I have been to the Venice location plenty of times and became quite fond of BBs BBQ. I was quite excited when I heard they were opening up another location closer to me in West Hollywood. The BBQ is fantastic, I'm not from TX so being a native Angeleno, this BBQ joint is finger licking good. Its just such a shame that the 80pound lollypops they have as waitresses are useless, with the exception of maybe one of them who is actually friendly and gets the gig. The last THREE times we have gone, we get the waitress from hell. zero personality, no suggestions on what sides to get with ones meal, always looking around to see "who's" there instead of paying attention to my order. The busboys are incredibly helpful. On various occasions, the waitress shows up to take my order, never comes back to check on us, the next time the show up is when we flag them down to bring us our check. Waitresses are incredibly condescending, un-attentive, zero personality, and quite frankly look spaced out half the time. TIP to management those 80Lbs lollypops don't look like they eat BBQ, hire friendly girls that want a waitressing job and aren't there to get "discovered" and maybe this place will stay open longer than "Cha Cha Cha" did.
If you want good BBQ go to their Venice location
Terrible Service – Went by for happy hour and placed a to go order for an item that I've had delivered before. Looked in the to go order today and no sauce...really?!?! Called and was told there's nothing we can do. I'm like maybe four blocks away. Not worth keeping my business...okay you've lost it!!!
great food – either way, deliver, take out or at restaurant food is awesome, people are all nice. Overall a great enviroment for dinner or lunch
A Great Hangout – Probably not the world’s greatest BBQ, but plenty of pros about this place. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s actually pretty good BBQ by LA’s standards. And the cornbread! The Cornbread! There’s lots of Southern dishes on their menu and Southern inspired drinks. I’d say this BBQ spot is best for when you’re looking for a good happy hour, have a large crowd, or want to catch a game on one of their TVs. Parking can be less than fun so be prepared.
Just amazing, that's the truth, ruth – Holy jesus. I just was saved by BBQ. Heard about this pot for a long time and now I know why it is packed. The food is beyind good. Memphis ribs so tender you swear you are in BBQ heaven. And the SIDES. God damn they are good. Try the mac&cheese or the perfect mashed potatoes. Great for group dining. Very festive interior yet not cheesy. Grown up style. Hot staff and paper towels for the mess you'll make, so not a great date spot unless your guy/gal doesn't mind getting dirrrrrty for some great grub!
Nice little bar area, too.
A winner for real BBQ fans or just curious locals.
Prices in the $8 to $17 range for food.
Excellent BBQ, Great Value – Got the Cherokee Spike lunch special: pulled pork, beef brisket and sausage link with corn bread, an additional side (mac n cheese) and a drink. Definitely a good value. The brisket was flavorful and juicy, right amount of bbq sauce so that it's not overwhelming. The links were grilled to perfection, nice snap in each bite. I recommend the XXX sauce if you can handle the spiciness. The sides were not that great...the mac n cheese had too much bread crumb and not enough cheesyness. The cornbread was a little too moist and just had too much raw corn taste for me...even had bits of corn in it. I prefer mine a little fluffier and a little sweeter. The decor is nice and casual, clean. They have a great happy hour which runs between 1pm-7pm with a decent selection of draft beers. All in all, this is goood bbq spot and a great value, especially considering the neighborhood, West Hollywood.
I think I just died and went to BBQ Heaven. – Casey took me to Baby Blues last night for dinner. Now, I had VERY high expectations because I had tasted a friend's RE-HEATED ribs and pulled pork at about 2am after a heavy...heavy night of drinking. Even in my blurred state of mind I remember thinking "Daaaamn, this is GOOD!". So I went in with high hopes. We arrive around 8pm and valet, and the place was PACKED. Damn, we missed happy hour - which the little chalkboard sign out front said 1-8pm. The super cute blondey hostess told us it will be a 40 minute wait. I don't like waiting, but she convinced us with a smile and plus I wanna try THIS bbq. We grab some drinks at the bar and actually find a seat at the trough table. They carry Tito's vodka, so they already earned a gold star since I'm from Austin. The ambience is great. You feel like you're at a barn dance...except it's a really hip barn dance and no one has buck teeth. Hangin out having our drink, I notice two CW celebs join us at the table while waiting. Well isn't THAT neat. I don't get starstruck, but I still do think it's kinda cool when an actor sits next to me. The hostess plucks us out of the bar and takes us to our table. I notice a chick that my roommate did a tv movie with and I look on the other side of the restaurant and recognize another girl who was in that same movie and neither of them are saying hi to each other. Ohhh, hollywood competition. Anyway, back to the food. So we start off having the chicken wings. They arrive and look a little charred. So I was a little disappointed...UNTIL, I placed one in my mouth. And HALLELUJAH!!! What the hell was that? That's amazing! It's like a 4th of July party in my mouth! I must have looked like a ravenous, wild animal the way I sucked those bones dry. Juicy, fall of the bone CHICKEN WINGS. I expect that from ribs, but never did I think I could feel like marrying a chicken wing.
Moving on, our main courses come out...we got the "Side Car" which is a selection of 4 sides....get it? SIDE CAR? So we got the creamed spinach (AWESOME), mac N cheese (AWESOMER), Baked Beans (TOUCH ME), and the fried okra (STICK A FORK IN ME). We also got pulled pork and Memphis Ribs. Now remember, these are the same two meats I ate that fateful night when I met Baby Blues in a styrofoam to-go box after having drank my face off. It had some living up to do tonight. I squirt a little of the original BBQ sauce they have sitting at the table, along with HOT and Triple X. I placed that pulled pork covered spoon in my mouth and closed my pretty white teeth around it. LET THE EYES ROLL BACK AND THE EMBARASSING GUTTERAL MOAN BEGIN! Honestly I felt like if for the rest of my life I chose to eat my feelings, I would do it at Baby Blues. Now I understand. Then I placed some ON the incredibly perfect cornbread, another douse of BBQ sauce, and waBAM! Here come's that attractive moaning sound again. Now the Memphis Ribs. I feel like the meat was reaching for ME rather than me reaching for the RIBS! As soon as I put it close enough to my mouth all the rib meat lunged for it. They saw their oppurtunity to get in my mouth and they took! All of it just leaped on in and massaged my mouth with all the incredible BBQ flavor it could. By the time I was finished with those ribs, you could check your teeth in them. Absolutely deeeelicious.
Our wonderful waitress asked if we'd like anything else. Well Casey mentioned the Pecan pie. So before she could finish her sentence I blurted "PEE-CAN PIE PLEEASE" (my family is from New York...we say it that way...none of this pe-cahn stuff). And again, when she delivered the large slice of pee-can pie covered in a dollop of fresh whipped cream, like a ravenous wild animal I lett he gutteral moaning start again. I think Baby Blues is here to stay. And I hope they do!
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