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Someone posted about big mista brick and mortar location a few minutes ago. But now I seemingly can't find it.

The target opening date is late March.

Dec 13, 2013
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

BBQ Brisket - LA Dish of the Month Nov 2012

Outside of Bludso's and Smoke City, I had a good brisket sandwich at Hambone's in bellflower. Go easy on the sauce though. It's too sweet for brisket but it would be good on pork or chicken.

Nov 04, 2012
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

BBQ Brisket - LA Dish of the Month Nov 2012

I went to the most recent 626 night market at Santa Anita racetrack and tried an Asian Brisket Pro' boy from a booth called Bomb dot com. I thought maybe I was on one of those hidden camera shows because I couldn't bite through it. At all. Cheesy spam wonton was tasty though...

Nov 03, 2012
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Sal's Gumbo Shack on Long Beach Blvd.

I went to Sal's last night and they were out of Gumbo but they let me taste the roux and it was really good.

(Quick note: If you are ever offered Gumbo, ask the person how they make their roux. If they don't know what a roux is, run away.)

Since they were out of Gumbo, I got the Oyster Po Boy and my daughter got the fried shrimp. We spent time talking to Sal and Mark and found we had a lot in common. When I got home and opened my bag, I was amazed at the amount of food we got! There were so many oysters, I couldn't even see my bread. And they were delicious! Fried right with some serious spice. I was even impressed with the fries. It was great to have some well seasoned fries.

I took Mrs. Mista back there today for Gumbo. We both thought the Gumbo was excellent! Lots of shrimp, crab, sausage and chicken. And not little bits. There were chunks!

I highly recommend Sal's Gumbo Shack for anyone looking for some good Louisiana cooking.

P.S. I can't wait to go back for Soul Food Sunday!

May 24, 2012
bigmista in Los Angeles Area
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LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--Any More Suggestions?

So how did it turn out? I saw you guys two days in and I'm wondering how you finished up.

May 07, 2012
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

LA Cheap Eats Food Tour--Any More Suggestions?

We can't go to Porto's without leaving with a box of the guava pastries and the papa rellenos.

It's the Oxtails at Versailles form. Sticky, unctuous and oh so good!

Oki dog is a once a year experience for me. I think the challenge of finishing a pastrami burrito, fries and a shake (the shakes are better down the street at Capitol Burger) is greater that the actual taste. Do it once and be satisfied.

Apr 29, 2012
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Bigmista's Barbecue at the Sierra Madre Farmers Market

No we don't. The guy we used to get it from went out of business. Now we use cherry, hickory, and maple.

Apr 09, 2012
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Bigmista's Barbecue at the Sierra Madre Farmers Market

Bigmista's Barbecue is at both Atwater Village and Long Beach on Sundays. They also can be found at both Torrance and Glendale on Saturdays.

Apr 08, 2012
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Can I get an example of each major regional style of American BBQ?

I can guarantee you that if a BBQ Pit Boss associates his particular BBQ to anyone region, it's for marketing purposes only. Most of them will fall into 2 particular categories:

1. They have an inate sense of taste and are masters of combining ingredients and techniques to create unique flavors.

2. They recreate flavors from their childhood, i.e. "That's how Momma/Daddy/ Grandma/Uncle Bubba used to do it."

There is always some overlap but for the most part, that's how it is.

I think it's safe to say that the people at Black's don't cook like the people at Kreuz Market just because they are in Central Texas. The folks at Gates don't emulate Arthur Bryant's because they are both in Kansas City.

And with the advent of the Internet, there is so much overlap that nothing is truly regional anymore. You can get brisket in the Carolinas and you can get pulled pork in Texas.

Your best bet is to get out there and try it all and pick the restaurants you like and come back here and talk about them.

Jul 19, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Big Mista's BBQ at your local farmer's markets

We serve Pineapple coleslaw. It's a vinegar based slaw.

Apr 18, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Just had Five Guys Burgers at the Carson Mall. Fresh, never frozen meat with lots of toppings to choose from. And the cajun fries are tasty too!

Feb 24, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

I have fallen in love with the burgers at the Forty-Niners Tavern on PCH and Bellflower in Long Beach. Burgers are juicy and flavorful. Try the triple bypass burger and ask for 'Tude sauce instead of dressing. Tell Chris (owner) that Bigmista sent you and he might introduce you to the "K-Dog" (not on the menu).

Note: This is a bar so don't take the kids.

Feb 11, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Dinahs or Original House of Pancakes?

Original Pancake House of course! They had bacon Pancakes long before bacon became "cool".

Feb 06, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Big Mista's BBQ at your local farmer's markets

We are now in the Torrance Market on Saturday. We are going to check out the Barnsdale market today.

Jan 27, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Big Mista's BBQ at your local farmer's markets

El Segundo is west.

We have no plans for a truck. A permanent location would happen first.

Jan 24, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Big Mista's BBQ at your local farmer's markets

Yes, Bigmista's Barbecue is at the Atwater Village Farmers Market Sunday 10-2p.

Jan 22, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Transplanted Boston foodies, I need your recommendations please

Bigmista's Barbecue is at the Atwater Village Farmers Market, not the Glendale Farmers Market.

Thanks Molly!

Jan 15, 2010
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

URGENT. NEED VEGAN TAMALES W/O ANIMAL LARD. IN PASADENA. ANY IDEAS? BLESS YOU.

Is that still a tamale? *cheese*

Dec 24, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

POLL RESULTS: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009: Complete Poll Results [Post #2 of 2]

We are honored to have made the list. Thank you to all who voted!

Dec 14, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Beef Ribs

Bigmista's Barbecue does not use onion powder in any of their seasonings or sauces.

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Bigmista's Barbecue
Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

Nov 15, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Best Chicken Pot Pie in LA?

Go to the Eagle Rock Farmers Market on and look for Frankie and Tiny's Pies in the pink tent. There you will find chicken pot pie nirvana.

Homemade crust. Creamy filling. Lots of juicy chicken. I recommend it.

Nov 04, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Hanabi Sushi in Cypress

I was looking for a sushi place to take a friend that was somewhere between Anaheim and La Palma. Another friiend recommended Hanabi Sushi so we went to try it out.

Wow!

We had a great time! The food was excellent and the chefs were awesome! We sat at the bar and put ourselves in the chef''s hands. We started of with tuna sushi and followed it with Toro Sushi. The fatty fish was like silk.

Next we had a succession of rolls. Spicy Tuna and Salmon with Jalapenos. Albacore Tempura. Salmon with Mango. All very tasty and the presentation was awesome.

Also the Japanese beers were buy 2 get 1 free and the chefs were generous enough to share their sake with us.

This was a great experience and I recommend it.

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Hanabi
1111 Pacific Coast Hwy, Harbor City, CA 90710

La Palma Restaurant
2700 E Gage Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

Toro Sushi
1520 N Mountain Ave Ste 120, Ontario, CA 91762

Hanabi Sushi Restaurant
10545 Valley View St, Cypress, CA 90630

Oct 30, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Big Mista's BBQ at your local farmer's markets

As of 10/10/09 Bigmista's Barbecue will no longer be at the Watts Farmers Market or the Lawndale Farmers Market.

Oct 13, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Liquid Smoke - Processed BBQ or Not?

Mmmmm...tasty carcinogens!

I'm not telling anyone not to use liquid smoke (although I never would). All I ask is that if you use it and cook it in an oven or microwave or whatever, don't call it BBQ.

Sep 02, 2009
bigmista in General Topics

WORD ASSOCIATION: I say [restaurant name], you think [specific dish]?

Ragin Cajun - Gumbalaya
The Gardens of Taxco - Chicken Mole (Not hot...SPIIIIICY!)
The Original Pancake House - Bacon Pancakes
Johnny's Pastrami - Pastrami (duh.)
Havana Mania - Lechon or Oxtails

Sep 02, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

BEST CASUAL CUBAN RESTAURANT???

I like the Oxtails and Yucca Fritta at Havana Mania. Nice, cozy and casual. And they usually have some form of live music on the weekends.

Jul 13, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

ISO the Best of Japan in LA/OC

Went to Izakaya Kan for Father's day and had a really nice meal with some new experiences. I started with the Mentaiko (cod roe) that was really different. I loved the extra salty caviar flavor but I didn't care for the texture. My two year old daughter had a few little bites also. I think she agreed with me (She said, "I don't want no more.")

Then I had the beef tongue on a skewer. I had never eaten tongue before. My logic was I didn't want to taste anything that would be tasting me back but it was a night for new experiences. Really beefy flavor but really chewy. MrsMista had the Ground Chicken lettuce wraps which she and baby girl really enjoyed. They also had two kinds of chicken yakitori (sauce and salted). The salted was their preference.

Next up for me was the Udon. To borrow a line from The Matrix, "Really good noodles."

The wife finished up with the stir fried pork and cabbage which was really tasty but it seemed to have more bean sprouts than pork and cabbage put together.

My last dish was a beautiful eel roll. The waitress warned me that the Japanese pepper paste was spicier than the wasabi. Given the choice, I would have had them put the paste inside the roll. It was tasty but not hot enough for me. My wife says my taste buds are dead.

All in all, it was a great Father's day meal in a very nice restaurant. Give it a try.

Jun 23, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Big Mista's BBQ in Watts

Bigmista's uses almond wood for it's smoke.

Jun 11, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

hickory wood for bbq

Are you specifically looking for hickory or are you interested in other hardwoods and fruit woods? Logs or Chunks?

Home Depot has chunks in a bag for under $10.

Jun 08, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area

Monte Cristo Sandwich...in search of (in OC or close)

I concur. We often make the trip down there just for that sandwich.

Jun 02, 2009
bigmista in Los Angeles Area