85c pastries and Bludso’s BBQ

My coworker told me about Bludso’s BBQ a LONG time ago. I’ve always wanted to go, but the idea of having to go into Compton made me a little bit nervous. After some convincing, Mike managed to get me to agree to make the trek over there today.

We stopped by the new 85c bakery in Gardena first, and loaded up on our favorite breads. I didn’t think we were going to buy that much, but as you can see, we somehow filled up an entire box! Oops. However, I’m not sorry.


We made our way over to Bludso’s, and there were quite a few people outside waiting for their food on a Tuesday afternoon. We joined them, and were rewarded shortly after with our order – rib tips, brisket, ribs, and our sides (mac and cheese, beans, and potato salad). Since the place is only a to-go joint with no room for seating, we drove home and dug in.

The rib tips were tasty, but the ribs themselves were slightly disappointing (parts were dry and chewy). However, the brisket made up for everything – it was AMAZING. Tender, flavorful, with just enough fat in the meat so that it melted in your mouth. Totally worth it.



85c Bakery
1386 W Artesia Blvd
Gardena, CA 90248

Bludso’s BBQ
811 S Long Beach Blvd
Compton, CA 90221

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