I was invited to visit Blake’s Place BBQ in Anaheim for a taste of their specialty — BBQ! I’m not a huge fan of BBQ so I brought along a BBQ-loving friend who could properly assess how this BBQ rated among others.
The restaurant is located in an industrial area, but not hard to find. The set up is fast casual, ordering at the counter and the food brought out to you when it is ready.
Since we had no idea what to order, we allowed the staff to bring us what they thought best reflected the restaurant.
The first platter to arrive comprised three types of ribs and BBQ Chicken.
Pork Spare Ribs were tender and flavorful with the meat nicely smokey throughout. We were both surprised at how moist the Beef Ribs were. They pulled right off the bone and was delicious.
Baby Back Ribs are usually my favorite, but it wasn’t this time. I much preferred the big beef ribs.
We were given four sides. The coleslaw was nice and crunchy but needed a little more acid for me. I like mine a little on the tart side.
The baked beans were so good, soft, not too sweet, maybe a little watery, but all in all, respectable and tasty.
Mac n Cheese was creamy but not cheesy enough. It suffices if you absolutely want mac n cheese but it wouldn’t be my first choice of sides.
I’m very hard on potato salad and the one here passes the test. It was perfectly seasoned and not overly laden with mayo. It reminded me of a German potato salad and that is my favorite type of potato salad!
Our next platter came with Beef Brisket, BBQ chicken, Pulled Chicken, Pulled Pork, Turkey, Pork Loin, Chicken Breast and Sausage.
I loved the sausage, but then again, it’s my weakness. I love all sorts of sausages. The turkey was very moist and tasty, moreso than the pork loin. The chicken breast was flavorful and low fat which is a good option for those wanting to indulge but was counting calories.
Chicken wings are another of my weaknesses and the ones here — 3 different flavors: spicy, BBQ and Apricot Chili — and they were good. My favorites were the spicy and the BBQ, the apricot chili was a little too sweet for me.
The restaurant has pretty good barbecue and the staff are friendly and helpful. They now have another location in Los Alamitos on top of this Anaheim location. Go check them out!
Blake’s Place BBQ
2901 E Miraloma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
11105 Los Alamitos Blvd
Los Alamitos, CA 90270