LA Eats of the Week: Our Labor Day Weekend Picks

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Enjoy the “unofficial” end of summer with delicious eats from around town in this week’s blog!! Grab a bite and be on your way with the top picks in LA, the Westside, SFV, and Conejo Valley!

Los Angeles


Location: 609 N LA Brea Ave., Los Angeles

Considered an L.A. institution, no list would be complete without Bludso’s Bar & Que. For a LDW pick, you can’t go wrong with Kevin Bludso’s Texas-style smoked meats. Choose from options like the Texas Red Hot Beef Link or Lean Brisket. Either way, you’ll be coming back for more.



Location: 8700 W 3rd St. | Los Angeles

If you’re looking for an upscale Labor Day weekend option, make your way to A.O.C. The restaurant serves as the perfect ode to the unofficial end of summer with its outdoor dining setting. Enjoy delicious chicken in a serene setting. While A.O.C. might count as a partially outdoor restaurant, it still fully counts as the perfect al fresco option. Step into this open-air space and enjoy Suzanne Goin’s vibrant small plates and shareable dishes for the perfect lunch or dinner.



Location: 8136 W 3rd St., Los Angeles

When it comes to Labor Day weekend dining spots, Slab BBQ tops the list, and for a good reason. Under the h.Wood Group family of popular restaurants, Slab serves up delicious and savory options for all tastebud types. If you plan on entertaining more than a few this LDW, we recommend the “The Know A Guy.” The meal comes with 3 Chickens, 3 Racks of Ribs (Tony’s or Spare), 4lbs Pulled Pork, 3lbs Brisket, and (4) sides.




Location: 444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice

For a Labor Day weekend dining spot, Baby Blues BBQ in Venice has everything you could want to celebrate the day. Appearing on the Food Network, the restaurant has remained notable for its delicious servings of reimagined BBQ classics. Enjoy options like ‘The Butchers Block’ and finish with the tastiest Banana Pudding we have ever had.



Location: 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice

Abbott Kinney has no shortage of healthy and delicious outdoor dining options. For those ditching the meat options this LDW, you’ll find nothing of the sort at this all-vegan spot. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good, you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, PFW’s menu brings together a rich array of tasty options.



Location: 408 Main St, El Segundo

When it comes to BBQ in El Segundo, Britt’s is where it’s at. The beach city establishment has various options from sandwiches to combo platters and even semi-healthy salads like the tasty BBQ Chipotle. However you choose, you can bet on Britt’s BBQ to deliver a stellar Labor Day weekend meal. 


San Fernando Valley


Location: 15928 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

Bold Flavors, Consistent Quality, and Unmatched Customer Service. This is what you’ll find at Barbie-Q in Encino. New to the neighborhood as of 2020, the delicious eatery has a bevy of options for your LDW enjoyment.  



Location: 1250 E Harvard Rd. | Burbank

A picture-perfect spot to close out summer, consider Castaway your Labor Day weekend spot. With stellar, sweeping views of the Valley, Downtown, and beyond, Castaway in Burbank is an idyllic outdoor dining experience. For example, enjoy savory steaks, whole roast fish, impressive charcuterie boards, and luscious pasta.



Location: 14633 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

If you are looking for a more elegant LDW dining spot, The Sherman offers just that. The local fine dining establishment offers American cuisine with a focus on fresh and sustainable ingredients. The food selection provides a new American take on classic dishes, like the Sherman Burger.

Conejo Valley


Location: 120 Promenade Way | Thousand Oaks

One can never go wrong with a visit to The Grill on the Alley. With classic American cuisine on hand, it’s the perfect go-to for Labor Day weekend. The beloved restaurant has been a destination for locals seeking meat-centric American fare. What is even better is that the Westlake Village restaurant offers outdoor dining, which creates the perfect setting for an alfresco meal.



Location: Simi Valley (various locations)

ZEF BBQ came to be out of hard work and dedication through Founder, Chef, and Simi Valley resident Logan Sandoval. Sandoval’s pop-up BBQ has become so popular in the area that it quickly sells out each and every time. The menu changes as frequently as its location, but you can expect ZEF BBQ to serve nothing less than the best.



Location: Whizin Market Square | 5050 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills

For a great family-friendly LDW dining spot this weekend, head over to Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill. The restaurant offers excellent BBQ, burgers, and happy hour specials. Bite into a Buckeye Burger or try Lauren’s Favorite Mac & Cheese.