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The Blues of Venice

Baby Blues BBQ
444 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, Ca 90291

Written by Guest Reviewer,
Chris Davis


When you think of Southern California, most think of beaches, Hollywood, blonde chicks, low riders, tacos, surfers, Los Angeles, and weed. The one thing you don’t think of is barbecue. Well let me be the first one to tell you it’s the one thing you’re missing out on.

On my last trip to LA I decided to go scouring for something different in a place you wouldn’t expect it. Well I found just the place. Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln Blvd in Venice is the spot.  Just 10 minutes from the ocean on what seems like the longest of streets is this blue joint, right on the corner.

Now let me tell you first I’m somewhat of a barbecue fanatic. I’ve had it from The Carolinas, to Georgia, to California, to Portland, to Oakland, and Nevada. So I know what taste I’m looking for and I know what’s good. So whether it’s Korean barbecue, or Hawaiian, to Memphis style, I know it.

And now back to the place in question. On the outside is this very blue exterior with a really cool mural of Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazard with a few chicks; you can’t miss this place when driving up the boulevard.  The awnings are blue, the paint on the walls is blue but let’s get to the food…………it wasn’t blue.


On walking in to this shabby place you’re greeted with a smile and taken to a table.  I went mid-day so there wasn’t much of a crowd inside. The walls are adorned with country memorabilia posters from native North Carolina as well as other little odds and ends. The menu isn’t too much, which is a good thing when I want to order food and not read War & Peace.

My waitress wasn’t the most attentive in the world and reminded me of something out of Woodstock. I ordered the sweet tea, which is somewhat of a rarity in California because in most cases it’s served UN-sweet. But when there’s barbecue on the menu IT BETTER BE SWEET or shut the doors, never to return. So she brings it out and I was surprised, it was near perfection.  It wasn’t too sweet and just the right amount of tea and lemon,- score one!

sweet tea

Finally after reading the menu, I decided on “The Porker” which consisted of a 1/3 rack of ribs, a ‘fixin’ of which I settled on coleslaw and this cornbread.  The service was FAST so I ordered and within 5 to 7 minutes it was on my table. There’s a few sauce choices on the table for you to pick from. On one of the bottles pictured, one side says “XXX” and if you turn it around, it says “Porno”. Well in my mind that says that it’s hot but a not too hot. I like porn but I wouldn’t equate it to any kind of sauce………least of all a red one…..ICK.



So now back to the food. The ribs were as tender as I’ve ever had them. I barely put two fingers to them to take a piece and they just fell apart in my hand. These were well smoked and lightly sauced as not to overpower the food with it. It had a good spice to it and was very mellow with a extra nice taste. The coleslaw wasn’t much of a co-star but had a good consistency; not too sweet with the right amount of mix to cabbage. For me, the better part of the plate was the cornbread. While most cornbread’s have a tendency to be either dry and in need of butter, or  they are crumbly and without real taste, – this stuff was on a different level in the OTHER direction. I thought it had a very dense consistency, and I wasn’t wrong. Once you bite into it you catch little bits of corn and it’s a very wet cake, and JUST AWESOME.


Before I forget, you’ll notice in most of my blogs I’ll usually try some sort of alcoholic drink just because it compliments the food and hey…….I drink. But in Baby Blues BBQ you’ll sadly be left boozeless as they don’t serve beer nor alcohol, which TOTALLY invalidates the “southern beer can windchime” . Two points in the minus for that.

In the end I was satisfied with the portion size, price, and taste of the food. The service needs some attention and the look of the place could use a little pizazz.

Foodie Rating: 6 forks out of 10.

Enjoy and happy chowing!!

Chris Davis


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