The top two tri-tip sandwiches in SoCal are, according to RSMBob: Buckboard BBQ, whose owner is something of a tri-tip evangelist, and Santa Maria gets an honorable mention.
Most days, the wood-fired grill is smoking away in front of Green Acres Market, where they make a mean tri-tip sandwich on garlic bread, says davinagr. Salads are outstanding, too–try the garlic and cheese pasta salad.
Most hounds are clued in to the great tri-tip grilled up at certain Hows Markets, usually on a rotating basis. As of this summer, though, the weekly barbecue is a feature every weekend at all locations, according to the web site.
Boneyard Bistro serves a delicious, and enormous, tri-tip sandwich, says Boy Lorin– good-quality meat, good-quality bread. It’s $14.
We’re not sure about the other Phillips locations, but the manager of #2, a member of the Phillips family (that’s BBQ royalty), says his sliced beef is tri-tip. Of course, you can get it in a sandwich.
And Wood Ranch, at the Grove, gets knocked regularly as a chain, but they do what they do very well, says RSMBob–including a somewhat nontraditional, but very tasty, tri-tip. Available as a sandwich or as a combo entree item.
Buckboard Catering Co [Inland of LA]
1386 E. Foothill Blvd. # M, Upland
Santa Maria Barbecue Co [Culver City-ish]
9739 Culver Blvd., at Duquesne, Culver City
Lou’s Red Oak BBQ [OC Beaches]
20501 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach
Lou’s Red Oak BBQ [South Bay]
4218 Woodruff Avenue, Lakewood
Green Acres Farm Market & Catering [West San Fernando Valley]
2918 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley
Hows Market [Pasadena-ish]
3035 Huntington Dr., Pasadena
Hows Market [South Bay]
4848 W. 190th St., Torrance
Hows Market [West San Fernando Valley]
11900 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills
Hows Market [North Beaches]
30745 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
Boneyard Bistro [East San Fernando Valley]
13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
Phillips Barbecue II [South LA]
1517 Centinela Ave., Inglewood
Phillips Barbecue [South LA]
4307 Leimert Blvd. # 3, Los Angeles
Phillips Barbeque [Crenshaw]
2619 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
Wood Ranch Bbq & Grill [Fairfax Village]
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles
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