Saturday, August 18, 2007

(Jersey) Boyz in the Hood

I feel like in every movie you watch....if something "bad" is going on in the Los Angeles is happening on Crenshaw St.

I was reading online that some of the best bbq in LA was at this place called "Phillip's" on Crenshaw. I knew the second I read about the place I needed to go.

I will go anywhere for good food.

When I told Eric about the place...and where it was...he was not that pumped about going. THEN he read the reviews and agreed that we had to go.

Lets backtrack for just one second. I have to tell you how proud I am of my husband. When I met him he was just a pb&j/mac& cheese type of guy. Now...I really think I have turned him into a foodie. He is always willing to try stuff at least once....and he is more than happy to join me on all of my food quests. I think I was the most proud when he turned to me one day and said..."Can we get sushi tonight". Ahhh...the things that make me happy :)

ANYWAYS....back to the hood. We decided that we would try the bbq in between shows today.

So we get off the freeway and I immediately say...."I think it's right there". How did I know? Well there was a huge cloud of bbq smoke billowing out of the restaurant. We knew this was going to be good.

I had read online that the counter staff at this place could be compared to the Soup Nazi on Seinfield. In other better know what you want or they will yell at you. There is even a sign when you walk in on HOW to order....

I told Eric he was in charge of ordering...he was a bit nervous. We step up to the counter and give our order: "Rib tips & 1/2 chicken both with mixed sauce (combo of the mild and hot), baked beans & potato salad, some red velvet cake and a diet coke"...and breathe...

The lady turns to him and goes: Good Job

Eric: Thanks, this is our first time here...we wanted to order right

BBQ Lady: Child, that was perfect. There are people that have been coming here for the last 20 years that don't order as well as you do.


Then we wait....the smell is overpowering. It smells sooooo good! It seems like it took forever to get our eats.

While we waiting we did get to read nice signs like this (hope it is readable - sorry all the pics are kind of fuzzy we forgot my camera and had to take pics with erics phone):

Finally our number was called. The meal was soooo good. The sauce was out of this world. The ribs were so juicy and the chicken was cooked to perfection. I swear to you right mouth is watering just thinking about it. I am just sad that we did not also get the brisket...oh well..maybe we will just have to go back!

Oh...I didn't even mention my red velvet cake. I read somewhere that the red velvet cake is made by the owners grandma in her home kitchen. It was the best red velvet cake I have ever had. The cake was so moist and the frosting was amazing....only thing it was missing was a cup of milk.

Now...I am super excited for Texas. If the bbq in LA is this good....I can hardly imagine what I can find in Houston!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah - I didn't know that you were so ga-ga about food - I know you always liked my gefilte fish, chicken soup & matzo balls but all this other stuff - WOW - I think you should be writing for one of the newspaper's like the Molly column we have in the Detroit News - searching out new restaurants & rating them - Traveling around the country as you will be doing will really make you a food maven
Love you both,

Amanda said...

It's bigger and better in Texas! Houston is foodie heaven- we've got soooo many amazing restaurants here.

Courtney said...

It's 8 in the morning and I still want that bbq so bad!

shelby said...

You are taking me on a trip down memory lane right now! My office used to take field trips to that place at lunch!