Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Modest, but Heartwarming Success Story

Once upon a time, there was a little bbq cubbyhole -- it was too small to be called "a restaurant" -- named Harry's Oklahoma-Style Smokehouse BBQ. The name took up more space than the business. It got good reviews in the local papers and we love bbq, so we went for some.

Situated on a corner, it was: a wide space next to the door, a counter across that with the menu hanging behind it. I think there may have been one small table with two little chairs. We ate at one of the two tables outside on the sidewalk. It was good and I gave it a very positive review.

But we only went back once -- Lomita is not exactly next door. But Richie had an appointment not far from it, so I went along and we had lunch.

Imagine our surprise! Harry's is now as large as its name! There is a dining room, a huge space off of the kitchen where the men's and ladies are located along with steel storage shelves, cleverly blocked off from view with bamboo, pull-down shades. The entire space was spotless and nearly glistened. Continuing the Grannie's old house theme, the ladies room also had a rickety, old wire bookshelf laden with cookbooks!

The dining room was country kitchen style with open-front cabinets displaying china, lots of vases with faux flowers and baskets piled into a display. Three round tables and a rectangular one held wooden chairs for four.

We started with an order of beer-battered onion rings ($4.95) which came with a sauce that was slightly vinegary,slightly peppery. I asked about it and was told, "It's ranch dressing with some spicy seasoning added in." Money down, the spicy seasoning was Tabasco. Interestingly enough they came with a little pile of thin-sliced carrots and red cabbaage and an orange quarter to squeeze over them. It was surprisingly good and I reccomend trying it.

Richie ordered the sliced bbq tri-tip ($8.95.) His choice of a side (which comes with the sandwiches) was molasses baked beans. He could have had oven rice or potato salad or creamy mac and cheese or cole slaw two ways (mayo or vinegar) or sweet potato, steak or garlic fries or cornbread with honey and butter or corn cobbetts.

I went for the pulled pork with cole slaw (Memphis style, served with the meat on the bun) and a side of potato salad. ($8.95) The potato salad had chunks of sweet pickle which gave it a country feeling.

Feeling expansive (and for sure getting that way) I ordered a slice of pecan pie. It was piping hot! Theymust have nuked it just before bringing it in. It was clearly homemade - the crust gave that away - with a rich filling. ($4.95) I declined the vanilla ice cream on top.

Lunch for both of us (we drank water) was $22.90 because Harry's is running a promotion -- each sandwich was $5.50!

Harry's Oklahoma-Style Smokehouse BBQ, 25501 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita 310-326-9842 Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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