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Boogie McGee’s Brings Southern-Style Barbecue to Koreatown’s Main Drag

Apparently smoked meat is getting more popular in town

Ribs, chicken, and sausage from Boogie McGee’s
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Los Angeles is suddenly becoming a barbecue town, at least if all these new openings are to be believed. The latest smoked meat operation to hit the city is Boogie McGee’s Bayou Smokehouse BBQ, a Southern-style option where the name isn’t the only thing that’s a mouthful.

Friends and family for Boogie McGee’s happened over the weekend, and word on the place is starting to trickle out now. An official opening party is planned for tomorrow, with hours from noon to 10 p.m. Apparently if you’re one of the first 25 people through the door, you’ll get some free banana pudding too.

As for the menu, expect a straightforward array of ribs and links and smoked chicken, along with a slew of sides that, according to the restaurant at least, pay homage to the greater Mississippi bayou community, just east of New Orleans. Much like Belle Belle’s Cue in Chinatown, this is less regionally specific barbecue than it is a generalized look at the smoked meat genre in total. The full opening menu is below.

Others, like Trudy’s Underground BBQ or the incoming La Barbecue, hew closer to a Texas tradition of brisket and simple spicing, while the popular Ragtop Fern’s just north of Koreatown pays homage to the local flavors of Los Angeles. Regardless, there’s likely plenty of room for Boogie McGee’s to make a name for itself in bustling Koreatown. And with ownership by local Koreatown Boiling Crab franchise owner Bach Hoang, the neighborhood roots are already in place.

Boogie McGee’s Bayou Smokehouse BBQ
3377 Wilshire Blvd. #104
Los Angeles, CA