With Labor Day weekend around the corner, it’s the best time to enjoy summer eats! Celebrate 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 for LDW 2022!
Los Angeles | LA EATS – LDW 2022
Horse Thief BBQ
Location: 324 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
This Texas-style vendor provides an experience that feels more ‘Austin than downtown LA.’ Although they started out being known for their sides, Horse Thief has expanded and veered towards more traditional foods, which increased their business. For an excellent BBQ to enjoy this LDW 2022, make your way over to Horse Thief BBQ!
Bludso’s Bar & Que
Location: 609 N LA Brea Ave., Los Angeles
Considered an L.A. institution, no list would be complete without Bludso’s Bar & Que. For an LDW 2022 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 LDW 2022 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.
Westside & Beach Communities | LA EATS – LDW 2022
Maple Block Meat Co
Location: 3973 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230
This neighborhood restaurant draws you in with the smoky aroma from the wood-smoked meats guests can pair with handmade beverages. Although their sides can be hit or miss, Maple Block Meat Company prides itself on its expertise in smoking the meat.
Baby Blues BBQ
Location: 444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice
For an LDW 2022 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.
Plant Food + Wine
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 2022, you’ll find nothing of the sort at this all-vegan spot. The restaurant offers Vegan fare so good that you’ll forget it is all plant-based. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, PFW’s menu brings together a rich array of tasty options.
San Fernando Valley | LA EATS – LDW 2022
Barrel & Ashes
Location: 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604
Barrel & Ashes is heavily influenced by Texas-style recipes and sauces and is carried out in their food. Even though you can’t go wrong ordering anything on their menu, this restaurant’s most alluring meat is the pork short ribs.
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. This delicious eatery has a bevy of options for your LDW 2022 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.
Conejo Valley | LA EATS – LDW 2022
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
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 BBQs, burgers, and happy hour specials. Bite into a Buckeye Burger or try Lauren’s Favorite Mac & Cheese.
The Grill on the Alley
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.