10bestBaby Blues BBQ on USA TODAY 10BEST

Homestyle: This classic BBQ joint began as a tiny outpost on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice; now with four locations and a brisk catering business, it’s a success story for BBQ masters/owners Rick McCarthy and Danny Fischer. You’ll find all their top-notch offerings in either the Venice or West Hollywood outposts: Brisket, Tri Tip, Pulled Pork, Chicken and three kinds of ribs — Baby Back, Memphis Style and Texas Style. There’s a whole “Family Style” section to the menu, taking all the guesswork out of ordering for newbies. Just bring all your friends and family along and order The Extravaganza (for $360), which feeds 15 to 20 people, and you’ll get to try just about all the fantastic dishes that Baby Blues BBQ has to offer.

Best Restaurants: This classic BBQ joint delivers everything a true connoisseur of the smoker could ever want. What began as a tiny outpost on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice (visit that location, too) has turned into a four-restaurant and catering empire for BBQ masters Rick McCarthy and Danny Fischer. The spacious West Hollywood branch offers up all their top-notch smoked-forever favorites: Brisket, Tri Tip, Pulled Pork, Chicken and three kinds of ribs — Baby Back, Memphis Style and Texas Style. Four sauces (be careful of the XXX) are on the table to add even more heat. They’ll smoke you up some catfish or shrimp too, throw in some sides like gooey mac ‘n cheese, fried okra and amazing baked beans and make sure you’ve got a craft beer or a cool cocktail (we’re partial to the Deep Eddy Vodka Ruby Paloma) to wash it all down. There’s no more satisfying place for BBQ in this town — and we know, as BBQ mavens, we’ve made it our mission to try every single one.