I think it’s fair to say the Wurstkücheification of L.A. is well under way. I, for one, welcome our new wiener overlords. Every neighborhood should have a solid sausage & beer place. Atwater Village has a good one in Link-n-Hops. Their Munich Style Pretzel—light, fluffy, and perfectly salted—may be the best in town. With 24 tasty beers on tap, great bottle selections, a few wines, and an array of fruity sodas and teas, you’re sure to find something to wash down one of their 23 delicious sausages.
Beachwood Brewing & BBQ: The Real Thing — Long Beach
Beachwood Brewing & BBQ 210 E 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802 [map] 562-436-4020 Tuesday - Sunday Kitchen open 11:30 to 9:30 Bar open 11:30 to Midnightish
If you’re planning to eat at Beachwood BBQ and brewing in Long Beach, you can’t go wrong with either baby back ribs or pulled pork. Beachwood’s brisket can be excellent, but brisket is a finicky cut and therefore hit or miss. If it’s your first visit, skip the brisket and save it for next time. But don’t worry about buyers remorse—all of the meats at Beachwood (Baby Back Ribs, Lamb Ribs, Beef Short Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Sausage of the Day, Spicy Andouille Sausage, Smoked Ham) are tasty. They’re slow-and-low smoked with a hardwood fire. This BBQ is the real thing.
Knowing that you can’t really go wrong with Beachwood’s meat, here are my favorite side dishes. It’s obvious that the chef has fun with the sides, so I say bring it.
Hipster Hot Spot #1389: Fatty’s Public House - West Hollywood
What do you get when you pair eclectic dishes with strong-ass drinks? Fatty’s Public House in WeHo of course!
The former residence of Fatty Arbuckle is now a newborn gastropub on the west side of La Cienega Blvd, smack dab in the middle of Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave. If you weren’t that hungry on your way, you’ll be good and starved by the time you find parking. ($8 Valet)
Fatty’s is a bit fancier than our usual hangouts, but pinch your pennies and trust that it’ll be worth the splurge. Super mellow by day, hipster hot spot by night.
Let’s get down to business. The first thing I did was take advantage of their full bar. All of the signature crafted cocktails sounded great, but I picked “Life of the Party” because I’m modest. My wilder friend went for “Desert Hero” for more of a kick.
Here is LA Foodie’s review of Smoke City Market (Authentic Texas BBQ) in Sherman Oaks in less than 30 seconds. Ben dives into a pile of meat and likes what he finds. Brisket is served several ways here and is the star of the show.
What we recommend: Barbecued pastrami. It’s sublime. For other dishes, ask what is best that day. Get plenty of yummy side dishes. And don’t skip dessert!
Pros: Good (not great) barbecue near Los Angeles
Cons: Not everything here is worth writing home about
A huge selection of unique sausages and a hip, chill vibe? Sign me up! Wurstküche, the Venice location, is just that. At prime meal times, there may be a line as you walk up to the front door, but don’t be discouraged, it moves really fast. Line, what line?
Once in line, you’re handed a menu with all kinds of sausages on it. There are even vegetarian options. After you read through them, you’ll realize you’re going to need to come back again. I’ve enjoyed the Sun Dried Tomato & Mozzarella and Filipino Maharlika. I’ve heard the Austin Blues is great if you like a little spice in your sausage. Each taste exactly like their description and honestly, you don’t feel like you’re clogging an artery while you’re eating. Ok… maybe a little.
Smoke City Market gets the 30:SECONDmendations treatment. Watch the entire review in 30 seconds or less!
Before you give up on finding great BBQ in Los Angeles, check out Smoke City Market in Sherman Oaks. This Texas-Style BBQ smokes it right, all over natural oak. With juicy fall-off-the-bone meat and sides that aim to please, this place is a winner in my mouth. Slow-smoked meat is the key to greatness and you can taste it in their moist melt-in-your-mouth brisket. My favorite is their Pastrami—it’s tender, full of flavor, and peppered to perfection. Wash it all down with a few beers and it’s pretty out-of-this-world.
Food Network’s own Adam Gertler grilled up some delicious eats for us at his pop-up poolside kitchen located at Viceroy Hotel, in Santa Monica. This late night kitchen gets its grill grillin’ Friday and Saturdays 11pm-2am all this month, its the perfect after drinks savory snack. Our favorite and most people would agree is the Pastrami dog. If you like A good sweet Ruben sandwich this ones for you.
The Reuben Dog: Pastrami Sausage with Gruyere cheese, 1000 island on a grilled rye bun
Gertler doesn’t mess around with the word homemade either. The meat he uses to make the homemade sausages comes from a farm 80 miles from LA. Hes even perfected the cheese on his bacon cheeseburger to melt just right over the beef. Lay on some grilled onions, homemade pickles, homemade bacon, and its pretty fantastic.