Gus's BBQ
Gus's BBQ

Gus's BBQ

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://gussbbq.com/
  • Phone: (626) 799-3251
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 8:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Kyu Yi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Gus's offers catering from 20 to 1000 people.
    Options include: Pick Up, Delivery, Full Service Buffet, Grill Onsite, or our Smoke Monster BBQ Trailer. Packages starting at $12.95.

    For more information including FAQ and pictures, please visit our website: www.gussbbq.com/catering or email catering@gussbbq.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Gus's BBQ welcomes private parties of up to 20 people for any occasion. We are able to accommodate you in our private room located in the rear of the restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Stouter 6267993251x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission Street
  • Public Transit: Gus's is located only a couple of blocks from the South Pasadena gold line station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Gus's BBQ
A South Pasadena landmark since 1946, Gus’s BBQ was purchased and remodeled by brothers Chris & John Bicos (owners of The Original Tops in Pasadena). The new Gus’s BBQ specializes in Traditional BBQ - California Style. Dive into an enormous plate of Memphis style baby back ribs or St. Louis spare ribs. You’ll definitely be back for their juicy Carolina style pulled pork sandwich, delicious cast iron cornbread or one of their many 100% Nebraska Chuck burgers. In the mood for classic comfort food? Try their Jack’s Mac and Cheese smothered in 4 cheeses, applewood smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms & drizzled with white truffle oil. You’ll leave knowing exactly why Gus’s food has been hailed, “….so good that we found ourselves eating more than we’d imagined” by S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times.


Recently named one of the top 10 BBQ restaurants on the west coast by Sunset Magazine, Gus’s boasts a super hip bar that serves an impressive list of bourbon and draft beer.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Gus's BBQ reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)good for groups (49)fit for foodies (48)kid-friendly (43)great for lunch (42)great for brunch (26)special occasion (14)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (7)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great night with kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We went specifically for the nachos and were not disappointed. They are unconventional, with pulled pork and bbq sauce, but tasty. We all liked them. We also enjoyed the famous burger with bacon. This was not a night of light and healthy food, but if you are going to indulge it should be done right and this was just the ticket. The little kids in our group did not care much for their kids mac and cheese, which seemed fine but unremarkable. Service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The pulled pork was excellent!!! This is the best place for Bar-B-Que in L.A. County!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Great Food
    HighDena
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    From the start - service was immediate. Never had to think about a full glass of water or look to find the waiter. Food is always great, especially the corn bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good BBQ Place
    thegetawayplan9
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This BBQ joint is great. I loved the food. The service was mediocre and the drinks from the bar were alright but not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll avoid Gus's on the weekend
    Michelle
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have eaten here many times & have been happy w food and service. We ate there w another couple this past Saturday. The food was good, the service, not so much. The server who delivered the food was carrying too many heavy plates at once and almost dumped a plate in our friend's lap. Also, it's not appetizing to see another plate partially stacked on your food when being delivered. Another server brought us our order of corn bread. She sliced it into 6 pieces and then proceeded to serve it. Not a since slice came out looking like a slice. I got a pile of crumbs on my plate. She was sloppy and appeared angry. The remaining cornbread in the pan was massacred. Not very appealing. They may need to do some retraining and hire more servers.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful neighborhood bbq
    mwilliams
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went to Gus's for my birthday on a Saturday. Was stuck in traffic and missed my reservation time... but the super friendly staff found us a table anyway... had the fried chicken and rib combo with red beans and rice and greens as sides - great big portion sizes - except for the beans abnd rice which were just meh it was super yummy. I'd recommend for anyone looking for a wonderful non stressed time eating rib-sticking food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Side Dishes Sidelined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    When Gus's BBQ first reopened following the remodel, the food was absolutely incredible! Little by little, other than the bar (which still delivers great drinks!) and the ribs (which remain stellar), the side dishes have become less and less tasty....hopefully, they will turn that around because it really makes a difference to foodies!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the Best
    hikerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Everything was excellent. I had a Caesar salad to start. It was terrific. Then the fried 1/2 chicken with mashed potatoes. Wonderful. Keep up the good work. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    DJ2432
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were a party of 5 and we all enjoyed our food. Service was good considering it was crowded and it was quite loud throughout the restaurant but we would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent BBQ
    Hoosier
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Best pulled pork bbq in LA-- use the original sauce, not the spicy, better flavor. Brick chicken is also incredible & tender, start w cornbread with the jalapeno jelly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious
    Amarie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The staff was kind to our very *needy* party of four. The manager (Hiro) and our server (Julie) collaborated to move us from a table in the high traffic area to a booth so that our sleeping baby would not be knocked out of a chair while sleeping in his car seat. Our server worked hard to accommodate someone in our party with multiple food allergies. A different server (we're sorry to forget his name) was kind enough to take a dish back that our allergic party member ultimately did not enjoy. Beyond those needs, the meats were pretty good and the cocktails were lovely pick-me-ups to deal with our madness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Odd Service Bust
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is our go-to BBQ place, especially good for southern fried chicken, and our grandchildren always love the food too. This trip we sat in their back room - 4-5 tables/small-ish space. It is so loud because the room is small and all hard surfaces, that we could barely have a conversation. I will ask specifically NOT to be placed into that back room again. Service during this trip was also a bust, and not at all normal to our experience over many visits. Maybe because the back room is so far removed from their normal service lanes she found it hard to remember us. I had my heart set on one of their sinful desserts, but she never came back to take that order. Too bad! They are normally spectacular in their service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good bbq
    jiffypopVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We love going to Gus's. The food is always excellent and the ribs are the best in the city in my opinion. Usually the service is as good as the food , but we had an unusual hiccup in that on our most recent trip. Hoping it's just an anomaly and by our next trip everything will be back to it's usual greatness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    On the weekend, you must make a reservation. We always order the pulled pork nachos as an appetizer. The St. Louis and Memphis ribs are good. For desert, the cobbler is great. Good inspired Southern food is hard to find, the fried chicken, corn bread and and greena are a great addition to the menu.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Value
    luckymom
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Gus's never fails to deliver whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner! This time it was Saturday morning and even though I tried hard to stay true to my oath of no more sweets, I hadn't had one of their "almost famous" skillet cinnamon rolls in a long time. So, I splurged and ordered one, while my companion wasn't looking. It was sinfully delicious as always; but to balance out my meal and not overindulge I ordered the vegetable omelet with fruit instead of potatoes. It was pure heaven. Everything was fresh: tomatoes, sweet onions, mushrooms, and on top wonderful cubes of herbed cheese. I actually felt virtuous. Prices are very reasonable, especially given the quality ingredients, and the staff is always efficient and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ in LA/Pasadena
    Hoosier
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The character of this place is the same as when it first opened its doors in 1946, and the quality of the food is excellent. For the vegetarian, it has the best veggie burger in LA. For the rest of us, great pulled pork, and literally the best "brick" chicken you'll ever have-- they must marinate it for days. Ribs also good-- start with the cornbread appetizer, which is baked on demand and served in the tin. Follow up with a 4 min. drive to Fosselman's Ice Cream, for the "best shake in the world" according to the NY Times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philipb310
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    the food was well prepared unfortunately service wasn't as great as it should have never had the same server every time someone came to the table
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What do u have 2 do to get a booth?
    happylovetoeat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Arrived early for 7:15 reservation for a regular booth in the back & were seated in the front next to the kitchen in one of the smaller booths. I told the waitress about our booth request, she said she would talk to the hostess but never got back to us. Sent from my iPhone
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking to get my BBQ fix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A couple of nights ago the Mrs. and I were in search of some great BBQ. As we have been to Gus's before we wanted to try something different other than the Ribs. I had the Tri Tip and the Mrs had some BBQ chicken. Also we started with some got wings. All meats were moist and cooked to perfection. They could have done better on the soup of the day (Baked Potato Cheddar) other than that it was $60 well spent for a great meal of 2. I recommend also brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Make reservations on Open table to avoid long lines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I don't want to over sell, but....
    FaBuLoUs
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    What a fantastic find! I recently moved to South Pasadena and stumbled on Gus's by accident. The staff at Gus's are so professional and friendly. The food is so full of flavor and the portions are great. The service is great! I would recommend going.... You won't regret it. 😀
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Labor Day Downer
    JonathanC
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is the second time here. Previously we celebrated a birthday and had a solid time. This time around it was a different experience. The hostess was taking a take out order and it took a while for another hostess to greet us. The place was packed so it was a good thing we made reservations. House salads were fine. The BBQ chicken was delicious though the collard greens were super salty and I edible. My baby back ribs got tougher and drier and I needed a heap of BBQ sauce to just finish half of it. The sweet potato fries were soggy. The service was fine considering how overwhelmed they were. But ok service and decent beer offerings isn't enough. We don't plan to return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Have To Go To Texas For BBQ!
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Amazing! Amazing! Perfectly cooked BBQ! Pitmaster Josh Thomas does an outstanding job and I am being totally serious. If you are headed to the Pasadena area - yep, Pasadena, CA - run do not walk to Gus's! The restaurant is run efficiently, professionally, very friendly staff who are knowledgable about the menu and prep of the food. The food is made in site, always FRESH, great great flavors, great selections. The menu is very well done. Again, there are lots of locals who go here and you will taste why! And, the owners of this restaurant have done an amazing job!! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Breakfast
    LoveGrasings
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Feel good environment with great service from Jillian. Food was good (not great) but I could imagine lunch being the next meal here. Had a good time with family and will be back again. Decent parking available behind the restaurant- a real plus for the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Pulled pork nachos were delicious. Unfortunately, the baby back ribs were dry this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food & slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been here a few times, food was good as usual. However, this time the service was slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BBQ Place!
    Pasadenafoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I love coming to Gus's BBQ. They have an amazing bourbon selection and the food is outstanding. Service is also wonderful and we never wait too long for our food to arrive. Its a great place for double dates, parties, and family events. The only downside is the noise level is pretty high so I wouldn't recommend it as a "romantic" dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Casiopea
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had a good veggie hamburguer but it wasn't outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Favorite
    foodiefoo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Since moving to South Pasadena a little over a year ago, one of the best spots we discovered was Gus's. Now we are sure to take any out of town guests to the place and it's their first request when they come back to visit for the second time. Just lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    crisismanager
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A friend had referred me to Gus' and I was there on a "first date" with someone. My friend hadn't been there for a few years, but recalled the food was very good. Maybe it was - then - but it wasn't when I was there. And the interior noise was so intolerable that we had to sit outside, where it was warm and humid, in order to hear each other talk without shouting. My baby-back ribs were overcooked to the point of being dry. I had ordered a full rack so that I would have a half-rack to take home. I took a take-home box but decided to chuck it when I got home. The sweet potato fries were SOGGY, the exact opposite of what they should be. The service was excellent, but that didn't make up for the rest. $50+ wasted.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great BBQ
    sopasdiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    have been here a few times and each time the BBQ is amazingly moist and fall off the bone tender. the creamed corn is also to die for.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 76 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 578 reviews are from the Gus's BBQ reviews archive.
  • Dinner
    Love4food
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was great! Service was good except we had 4 different waitresses & wasn't really sure which one was my waitress,besides that everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu
    Leboo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife and friends had the fried chicken and love it! My personal favorite is the Gumbo. If you like gumbo, you really need to try theirs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and atmosphere.
    StreetCritic
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I live in Pasadena and this place was recommended for local BBQ. I would agree the food is good and I was satisfied with the meal. It isn't the best I have ever had but a good meal none the less. If someone were looking for BBQ in the area I would recommend that they check it out. There is even some nice seating outside if you prefer the fresh air. My only negative observation though was that when they are busy service can be a bit sparse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another fabulous experience!
    HappycustomerVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is THE place for barbecue! Can't wait until next visit - a must every time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gus's BBQ never disappoints
    DiningDebVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Just love Gus's BBQ. The food is excellent and the service great. A modern take on an old fashion dinner. I will return again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ & Cocktails
    a19grey
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Best BBQ in the LA area! Also, great cocktails. "Please write a review that is at least 50 characters in length!" -- done and done!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gus's BBQ is Great
    SPFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Gus's BBQ is a favorite in my neighborhood. I especially enjoy the weekend breakfasts such as the poached eggs over cheesy grits and crisp bacon. The cinnamon/pecan buns are the best! For lunch/dinner try the fried chicken and collard greens or pulled pork sandwich. This is my go to place for comfort food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best local BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    LA does not boast of too many BBQ joints, and after trying some in the area, Gus' is a tried & true favorite. Their baby back ribs, pulled pork, sausage, & potato salad especially are incredible & will leave you craving to return for more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gus's was bustling on Friday
    Suzydiva
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Really enjoyed a family dinner at Gus's. It was loud, but pleasantly so. It felt like a party. There were tons of young kids crowing and trundling about; normally that might have annoyed me, but it sort of worked. Gus's famous burger was even better than I remembered. Rich, salty, juicy meat; cheese melted just enough; thick, smoky bacon. We had it with outstanding sweet potato fries. I don't advise ordering a salad at Gus's, but we enjoyed the BBQ salad with steak, which was a mountain of mesclun with artfully arranged hunks of lean steak, jicama, fresh cheese. The Cobb looked typical but included delicious smoked turkey. I love the bourbon flights, draft beer, brick chicken, brisket: huge portions, the real deal. Best of all: good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBQ
    AfroPixPhoto
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Love the BBQ, those pit masters know what they are doing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic