Gus’s BBQ located at Fair Oaks Street in South Pasadena has been serving Southern BBQ food since 1946. It is a landmark BBQ place in South Pasadena.
Their food is Southern BBQ inspired from their appetizers (spicy smothered hot wings, bbq quesadilla, Asian bbq spare ribs), soups and chili (southern smokehouse chili), greens (smoked turkey and barley, bbq seared steak salad, bbq shrimp salad), and entrée’s (southern fried chicken, gumbo, blackened rib eye, fried catfish & chips, smoked sausage, pulled pork, and fried chicken & waffles).
Gus’s BBQ offers breakfast during weekends, lunch, and dinner. Food can also be ordered to go; online ordering is also possible.
I went to check the place on a weekend and had lunch. The place is your typical diner with typical food (on their case southern comfort food). Sitting is like your typical diner, on a booth or on the bar if you are alone. The décor is typical diner with a little touch of hominess.
Ordered the Gumbo for comparison to other restaurants offering southern cuisine. The food was served a few minutes after ordering. It came with chicken, shrimp, Andouilli sausage with white rice and okra; the okra is battered and fried which is unusual. The food itself is not very exciting, it is bland and needed a lot of hot sauce and salt and worst it is not warm at all. I tried their house sauces which are not spicy at all. The rice looks like it has been cooked the other day. Portion size is just alright, not too much and not too little.
One good thing about the place is the service. The staffs are very nice and efficient.
Overall I was not impressed at all. The food is typical diner food (i.e. bland). Southern comfort food is usually savory with some spiciness. Their food is far from savory and spicy. I am not into spicy foods but I like my southern comfort food with a little bit of spiciness.
Their website is www.gussbbq.com. They are located at 808 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030.
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