Popping up at various locations around Northeast LA, River Street is a tiny operation cranking out excellent Texas-inspired BBQ. We like their peppery brisket a lot, but the stand out dish here is without question the pulled pork. Cooked in a simple salt and pepper rub and finished in an apple juice bath, it’s sweet, salty, and profoundly buttery, and is always the first thing cleared from our tray. Also, be sure to keep a lookout on their Instagram for whatever the daily special is, which can range from Tex-Mex tacos to hot chicken.
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Little Ripper Coffee
Little Ripper is an Australian cafe in Glassell Park, which means they have great jaffles, vegemite, and other things you have to Google.
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Polka Polish Cuisine
A family-run Polish place that’s so good you won’t want to tell too many friends about it.
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The Park’s Finest BBQ
A Filipino-Southern BBQ spot worth a visit. Hit it on Wednesdays for their try-it-all $12 special.
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Old San Luis BBQ
In a town with a lot of excellent BBQ, Old San Luis BBQ has the best barbecue in San Luis Obispo.
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Maple Block Meat Co.
LA might never be known as a BBQ town, but the addition of Maple Block in Culver City shows we’re making our way up the ranks.
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Dr. Hogly Wogly’s is a Valley institution and home to some pretty great old-school BBQ.
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