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Baby Blues BBQ opens in West Hollywood

March 19, 2009 | 11:52 am

A sampler platter of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, mac 'n cheese and cole slaw at Baby Blues BBQ, which is opening a new location in West Hollywood. I was already mopping up my drool when our own Charlie Amter reported back in January that popular but hot, cramped and extremely small Baby Blues on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice would be opening a much larger outpost in the former Cha Cha Cha space in the heart of West Hollywood. Fantasy has become reality. The new Baby Blues unofficially soft opens Friday.

It's got the same Carolina pulled pork, Memphis ribs and full lineup  of smoked, grilled meats and savory side dishes as the original location -- as well as a few additions such as pulled pork sliders, salads topped with the meat of your choice, hush puppies and sweet potato fries. Plus, the joint has a full bar with beer, wine and Mint Juleps.

Hours will be irregular for the first week or two, though you can count on lunch and dinner service. The official soft opening is March 27, and the grand opening will be April 3, when regular hours will go into effect: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Baby Blues BBQ: 7953 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 656-1277, www.babybluesvenice.com

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Elina Shatkin / Los Angeles Times