City: Los Angeles 
: 811 S Long Beach Blvd.

On the streets that helped birth, foster, and feed West Coast rap, Bludso’s is a classic grab-and-go Compton staple. Tucked into the tiniest storefront, Bludso’s sticky-sweet ribs are Southern fare; accompanying cornbread soaks up the tangy sauce in a mélange of Texan tongue-tricks.

The smoke is balanced by the vinegary hum of the collared greens. The weekend boasts a special Angus beef rib, but all week long you can indulge in their meat combos with pork shoulder, rib tips, or beef brisket. Dinners include their crunchy slaw and legit smoky baked beans, cans of grape soda ready to wash down your feast in Styrofoam to-go containers while you sit curbside in Compton in the California sun wondering how life could get any better.