8136 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA | Directions 9140234.218871 -118.466578
Neighborhoods: North Valley, North Hills East
Probably the best BBQ in Los Angeles and I've eaten a lot of BBQ. Get yourself a stack of ribs, a bib, and dig in. Worth the wait if there's a line. Good parking in back.
Something Good Done Gone Wrong – I used to go to Hogly Wogly many times...in the 90's...when it still turned out good BBQ.
Something happened during the last decade.
After several visits all turned out the same: Dried up chicken, dried up ribs, etc., etc., I stopped going.
I never thought I would say a chain BBQ is better, but, out where I live, I will take the tri-tip and ribs at Wood Ranch BBQ any day over what Hogly Wogly has been serving up over the last 10 years or so.
What the heck happened?
Feels like you are in Texas! – My favorite place to eat period! I'm there 2x per week and love it!
Get anything on the menu and you'll be happy!
Not what it used to be – I have been going to this establishment for over 30 years. In recent years, I am disappointed time and time again by over-chewy, overcooked ribs, ofen mixed in with thoise correctly done. My sense is that thete is no manager on premises monitoring the cooking process.
If that situation was corrected, Hogly Wogly could return to being one of the best rib joints in the city.
Since when is BBQ cooked in an oven?! – When my husband and I first moved from Texas to LA, we thought we try our luck on going to Doctor Hogly Wogly's on the claim of having Texas quality BBQ and from Tyler no less. We are from the Austin and College Station area and have had every kind of BBQ imaginable all across the state. Needless to say we were not impressed with the food at all. The meat tasted like it had been broiled in the oven and of course no sign of smokers anywhere, which is a must at any good BBQ joint. The Texas hospitality was there for sure. Our waitress was very nice, but did not overshadow the food. If you are from LA, you will probably like this place but if you are not it's a waste of time. People of LA this is NOT what BBQ is supposed to taste like. Just a friendly FYI.
Pretty good BBQ – My bf has been trying to get me to agree with Hogly Woglys for a while. We were running errands out in the SFV and he drove us out of the way to eat here. its saying a lot if he's driving out of the way to get some grub.
I think i have pretty exacting standards for BBQ (despite being asian). My best friends dad BBQ's every three day holiday and Uncle Stevies BBQ is hands down the best.
Hogly Woglys is a good stop gap when a 3day weekend isn't in sight. The portions are huge. We ate until we were stuffed and still had to take home the leftovers (which they pack up for you in a plastic bag)
I can't say the sides wowed me, they were kinda unmemorable, but the BBQ was good. Love their sauce.
This is not a date place. This is a get your hands dirty, bbq sauce on your face, elbows out, lick your fingers kinda place.
Kudos to my bf for knowing good bbq. 1 minus point for considering it a date place.
One of the best BBQ joints in LA – This is seriously one of the best BBQ spots in all of LA. Can't say much for the sides, but that's okay, the ribs, brisket and links more than make up for it. The employees here look like they were transplanted from Texas...I guess that's a good sign. :)
Best Kept Secret – Has great BBQ food, its a homestyle restaurant with a small outdoor patio, you get large generous portions, very limited parking and limited seating inside. Its like a truck stop you might find out in the middle of nowhere. word of mouth has made this a very popular place. I enjoyed the food very much. The bbq beans are different than most places. The have a great BBQ sauce.
Texas sized portions and taste – As soon as we arrived, we were made to feel like we were at home. The waitress was friendly and funny and she gave us the lowdown on the food. I read in other reviews that the portions were generous- but that is an understatement! When the plates arrived, they were stacked high with succulent chicken, ribs and brisket. The BBQ sauces were delicious and spicy, and the baked beans were the best I've had.
Sure it wasn't cheap, but it was 3 meals worth on 1 plate.
Mmmoooooooooooo! – Either you GET the "Doctors" or you DON'T. If you DO, you'll have a fabulous time here. Great food, love the waitstaff, the sauce and the outside bathrooms. If you DON'T, you'll write some of the hateful reviews you'll read here. Just because some drooling imbecile doesn't get it doesn't change how a great a place it is. So by all means GO - if you love reasonably Texas-style "Q", keep an open mind about the decor, which is not what you go for, and bring a dime (or ask your waitress for a token) so you can wash up afterward. And do come hungry, or plan to take leftovers. Oh - for those of you who don't get it, you'll LOVE Mr. Cecils - that's YOUR kind of place.
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