Phillips BBQ

4307 Leimert Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302


  • Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
  • $
  • Family Style, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Every year, there is an upstart who claims that he makes the best barbecue in Los Angeles. And every year, I visit the stand, snort, and stop back at Phillips on the way home, because there are occasionally things that shouldn't be messed with. Crusted with black and deeply smoky, the spareribs at Phillips Barbecue are rich and crisp and juicy, not too lean. Beef ribs, almost as big around as beer cans, are beefy as rib roasts beneath their coat of char, tasty even without the sauce. They are the only ribs that can compete on equal terms with the best from Kansas City or Tuscaloosa. And the extra-hot sauce, so crowded with whole dried chiles that the ribs occasionally look as if they have been embellished with Byzantine mosaics, is exhilarating. Tucked into a mini-mall between a liquor store and the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, the original Phillips might be a little hard to find, although if you keep your window open, you should be able to sniff it out from half a mile away.

Related Stories (3)

  • BBQ Flowchart: Where You Can Be Up to the Grill in Meat
    3 years ago by Tien Nguyen

    This weekend, you can haul out that backyard grill -- if it's not out already -- and join in on the great American tradition of grilling meat and vegetables (but mostly meat) to welcome the long days of summer. If, however, you have...

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    17 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    Al-Watan If you have a taste for meaty northern Indian cooking, Pakistani cooking is probably everything you like and more so, spicier than Punjabi and meatier, more deeply inflected by the flavors of ginger, cardamom and wood smoke...

  • Big Meat
    17 years ago by Jonathan Gold

    Al-WatanLike any serious Pakistani restaurant, Al-Watan ostensibly specializes in the complicated offal dishes that make up the heart of Muslim Pakistani soul food: masala, here a ragout of chopped goat's brains cooked in a bright-r...


View All

More American Restaurants in Los Angeles