March 29, 2016

Maple Block Meat Co.

In connection with our barbecue crawl [last September] and after our first BBQ pit stop, our group moseyed our way up Sepulveda Boulevard to the next barbecue joint, which was a whopping 5-minute walk away.  Not having paced myself too well during round one, I found this short "exercise" a nice way to jump start my digestive system for round two.  Much to my dismay, but perhaps also unsurprisingly, Maple Block was bustling with folks at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday night.  So much so that our group was left standing around for over an hour... thankfully I was in good company.

Really nice touch with the mirror at the top so you can see the magic happening on the counter.

True magic.

Limited Indoor Space -- a couple of tables and bar seating.

Maple Block is not a large restaurant.  I also made the amateur move of not making a reservation for our large group (two strikes on me).  But the staff could have better communicated our wait time or at least have given us honest status updates.  The fact that they kept promising that a group was leaving soon because they had paid the bill was off-putting when, to our dismay, that group showed no intention of leaving anytime soon (lingering groups at busy restaurants are the worst!). Needless to say, by the time we were finally seated, my patience was truly tested.

Another blow was when I learned that the restaurant was out of prime rib.  My heart was lifted only after we were greeted with a large steel tray of sliced beef brisket and massive ribs.

Meat presentation.

Smoked Beef Brisket -- served with pickled onions, red & green chimichurri-like sauce-- 1/2 lb; $14 and 1 lb.; $27.

Full Rack of Pork Ribs  (plus some)-- meaty. 

Mac N Cheese with crumbled cheddar -- $11

Buttermilk biscuits with honey butter -- $7

Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter and Bacon Sprinkles -- $9

Comparing our first BBQ stop with Maple Block is like comparing apples to oranges.  They're part of the same "family," but they each offer different tastes, different vibes, and different price points. Maple Block offers a more sophisticated flair to barbecue whereas Holy Cow is a more of a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of place.

Even without trying the prime rib (I'll come back for you!), Maple Block's brisket and the buttermilk biscuits with honey butter really hit the spot.  Maple Block's menu also includes chicken, pork, fish and veggies. Less conventional barbecue offerings, but without losing the comfy quality of that familiar smoky goodness. Definitely worth a visit.

Maple Block Meat Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

cuisine: Barbecue
location: Culver City
hours: Daily; 11:30am-3pm (lunch); 5pm-10pm (dinner)
websites: { MBMC | yelp | facebook | twitter | instagram }
parking: Small lot; street parking
attire: Casual
how it works: Get seated; table service
notes: Lunch menu is different. You can also order online! If dining in for dinner, make a reservation.


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