You can't say no to the baby backs from Ribs Against the Machine
Literally located in Thai Town in a parking lot off of Hollywood Blvd, Ribs against the machine took over Dave's Hot chicken's old spot. Its dark, its kinda dirty and the seating and table space is limited. Street parking only. Cash or Venmo only. Yet people are lining up to get some of this Memphis style BBQ. Like sold out in 3 hours lining up. This includes me and I don't line up for much.
So, if you aren't familiar with parking lot pop ups, they are super popular in the Los Angeles areas. Years back they were mostly know for serving up home cooked Mexican food. Rice beans, tacos and tamales. They would open around 8pm and go until midnight. Usually in front of a bar or a lounge, sometimes a church. They were always really tasty and super cheap. You could get a combo plate for 5 bucks. Fast forward to 2015 and the millenial entrepeneurs wanting a piece of the action. The concept is the same, but now there's a wide range to choose from. Nashville hot chicken, jumbo burgers, New Orleans style shrimp po boys and now Memphis smoked ribs. Two Armenian friends, Vahagn and Armen (yes memphis style ribs from full blooded Armenian men) get the opportunity to take over Dave's Hot Chicken's pop up after Dave opens up his first brick and mortor restaurant. They are open 6 days a week from 7pm until they sell out and yes, they totally sell out! You'll need to check their instagram stories to see how long the line is and if they still have food left before you go. Pro tip, don't assume you're going to get a combo platter at 11pm on a Saturday night. Go early before the bar crowd gets the munchies.
The menu is pretty simple. You can get a Rib Sandwich Combo or a Rib Plate Combo. Combo plates include a mini cornbread muffin and choice of two side dishes, Mac and Cheese, Coleslaw or Mashed potatoes. They have lemonade and peach tea. See, seems simple right? No. The flavors are super complex. They are dry rub baby backs and put into the smoker. Then are smoked for 7 hours. These ribs are so tender that I can use my pinky to pull the meat away from the bone. After they come out of the smoker they are dusted with a spice seasoning. Mild, Medium, Hot or Extra Hot. Then finally they are served with a house made BBQ sauce. Actually, you should know everything is made from scratch except the pickles. If you prefer, you can get the sandwich combo. It comes on a toasted bun with bbq sauce and coleslaw. I haven't had this yet, but my mouth is watering while thinking about it. Hey Vahagn, if you're reading this...wanna throw a sammy my way?
If you're in the greater Los Angeles area and you want some good food. Stop by. You're not going to regret it. I'll be back for that Rib Sandwich!!
Update 10/31/18: Ribs against the Machine has moved from Hollywood to Glendale! They are now located at the Glendale Tap on San Fernando Road in Glendale Monday thru Friday from 7pm to sell out.
Ribs Against the Machine
4227 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA 91204
Cash or Venmo ONLY
The food at this restaurant was provided complimentary or at a discounted price, however all opinions are 100% mine. A free meal does not buy a good review.