This 50-year-old Van Nuys institution doesn’t have the most elevated BBQ in town, but who cares? That’s not why you’re there. You’re at Dr. Hogly Wogly’s because of the famous sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, gigantic spare ribs that might’ve come from a T-Rex, and the feeling that you’ve fallen into a 1960’s time warp and never want to leave.
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Village Tavern’s not fine dining but if you pick your dish right, you can still have a good time. And even if you pick your food wrong, this place is just too damn likeable for you to get <i>too</i> upset.
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LA might never be known as a BBQ town, but the addition of Maple Block in Culver City shows we’re making our way up the ranks.
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