BREW HAWG & BREWING CO.
Deviled Hawg eggs and house-brewed root beer are just the start at Leo Martinez’s cheerful joint, beloved for The Duke grilled cheese with pulled pork and mac ’n’ cheese.
MEAT UP BBQ
Food truck vets Luis Flores and Mike Dimmitt add 25 tap beers and freely mix it up for a style they dub West Coast BBQ. Do try the OC Cheesesteak with tri-tip, poblanos, and avocado cream.
SMOKEY FRED’S BBQ
South L.A. native Fred Rea serves killer baby-back ribs and top dishes lifted from all the key ’cue styles: Texas, Memphis, Kansas City, and North Carolina. Try the T-licious brisket sandwich.
Fullerton resident Bil Kiloh moves from backyard fetes to the former digs of Shortstop BBQ, where he smokes over apple and hickory to build a menu that covers the U.S. barbecue belt. Loaded pork fries are a best-seller, salads a sleeper call.
DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT
Four O.C. loctions
This franchise serves fast-casual favorites based on the Dickey family’s dry-rub technique, circa 1941. Service and fare are variable, but love that free soft serve.
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