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Chop Daddy's, a Throwback Barbecue Nestled Into Downtown Culver City

With a nod to the local Sony Pictures Studios, Chop Daddy's is a smokin' cue lifted right out of the 80s.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Chop Daddy's is growing up from its Venice takeaway stall to a full-on operation in a prime location along Downtown Culver City. With a debut today, expect a full slate of sandwiches, a couple of salads, and location-neutral barbecue combos that should become an instant hit for locals.

Founded by Jon Swire with Eric Solton as the pitmaster, the bulk of the menu focuses on crave-worthy sandwiches like the Belly Up, based on smoked pork belly on a brioche roll. A lot of the 'cue here is chopped up, like the pulled pork or chopped brisket, so the style isn't particularly tied down to a region like Texas, Kansas, or the Carolinas, though the barbecue sauces tend to lean toward the sweeter side.

The barbecue combo plates aren't just generously portioned, they're reasonably priced as well, with the "Pig Out" deal going for $22. It's more than enough for two people, and comes with two sides. The smoked ribs might be the star of the plate, with a moderate level of smoky tenderness, but not overly-so texture. You'll want a knife to cut through as these ribs won't fall apart with your fingertips. As for the vibe, it's casual and family-friendly, with a more open inside-outside feeling. For 80s fans, consider the throwback music videos, vintage Pac-Man/Galaga arcade machine, and huge Back to the Future-inspired mural.

This outlet features a full beer and wine menu, which means you can sip on craft beer before heading back to the office (if that's your thing). Or come by after the work day and nosh over a platter of smoked meats. Hours run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, until 11 on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Chop Daddy's
9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA