I’d been told that the Smoke City Market in Sherman Oaks is the best Texas-style barbecue on the West Coast


Be that as it may, the casual place serves up a tasty, lean, and ample brisket of prime beef, pork, and hormone-free BBQ chicken for lunch or dinner seven days of 52 weeks a year….

Another featured dish is a BBQ-charged turkey salad, and there are sundry sandwiches with the expected sides. Talk about nostalgia. The décor at Smoke City features memorabilia from the Lone Star State, wagon wheels and a 1941 Coca-Cola poster.

As you’d expect there’s seating outside with a pet-friendly area and lotsa’ carryout business.

The “Howdy, friend” counter service was especially helpful for a first-time patron. Prices are reasonable at 5242 Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks where they serve from 11 in the ayem til 10 at nite.

Well worth a looksee is the visual tour of the distant but different Flavors of Belize located at 1271 S. La Brea Ave. near San Vicente in L.A. Log online for a visit to the intimate spot where Zelda creates a complex treat called Chirmole, a high-intensity black sauce that is poured over tender poached chicken and a hard-boiled egg, and other rare dishes. It’s a complex Oaxacan dish featured weekends til 9 p.m. at the friendly place. It could be well worth your timer and fuel.

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