We were talking to... well, now it’s hard to imagine who we could’ve possibly been talking to.
As for you:
We’re talking about Charcoal BBQ, a comfortable new smoke spot for barbecue and bourbon from the owner of Barbarella right next door—it’s opening Monday in Silver Lake. (See the slideshow and the menu.)
Pretty ideal backdrop for meeting up with friends post-responsibilities for meat, beer and booze. Wall-mounted boar’s head. Cowskin rugs. Logs stacked to the bare rafters. Naked-lady wallpaper over the bar. A 1,700-pound smoker out back. Johnny Cash playing. There. All the barbecue-place boxes are checked. We good?
Good. Rally at the huge round table with leather-topped stools and a random saddle. Order a draft imperial IPA, some good obscure bourbon or an O’ Bloody Hell (it’s bourbon, blood orange juice and Fresno chilies).
Then someone will have to address the thing that someone needs to address. The menu has a bucket of applewood-smoked, candied bacon. Yes. So first get that. Then we’d imagine some array of handmade kielbasa, citrus-wood-smoked pork ribs and pork loin banh mi with smoked-cola aioli.
Yes. In Silver Lake, they smoke cola for aioli now.