If you love the Q as much as I love BBQ, you will not be disappointed in coming here to Kinder’s Smokehouse at the Upper Level Concourse inside the Staple’s Center. You basically take the elevator to the highest level possible. Once you exit and enter the courtyard to this eatery, the open air area overlooking LA Live at night is quite amazing. Every neon color under the rainbow and more can be seen while you’re enjoying your Q here. It actually feels quite romantic on this roof deck under a slightly cold and clear night. But you’re not here to read about romance, right? We’ll leave that to the “Fifty Shades” author. I am here to show you this Northern California BBQ restaurant which is making its appearance onto the Southern California scene.
So, what’s on the menu? For starters Kinder’s famous Ball Tip Sandwich, a must get along with some of their extra hot BBQ sauce. Their ball tip sandwich is made from ball tip, the more flavorful part of the sirloin. Though it’s a leaner cut, it doesn’t sacrifice for flavor. This sandwich does already come with their mild BBQ sauce but I like the kick in their extra hot version. Who doesn’t like a kick or two and wake up their senses?
Other items on the menu includes House Specialty Hand Chopped Sandwich, BBQ Brisket Sandwich, BBQ Pork Shoulder, Rotisserie Chicken all having that nice aroma of smoke and balance of sweetness in each taste. Kinder slow smoke their meats for 17 hours over hickory. I love hickory, the flavor is not as strong as mesquite and not as mild as apple wood. Always a great go to choice if you were home smoking meats yourself.
To add to your meal, the usual southern sides such as slow smoked beans, Honey Cheddar Cornbread, Horseradish Slaw, and Fire roasted Mac N Cheese. My absolute favorite here for the side was the cornbread. It was slightly sweet and crispy on the top, and flavorful and moist on the inside. You can also find corn kernels inside for an added punch of the corn taste. Ah, Southern goodness.
Kinder’s Smokehouse officially opened on 1/28/15. Lee Zeidman, the President of Staples Center, Brian Leffler VP of Kinder’s, Joe Rainero CEO of Kinder’s, Luc Robitaille, President LA King’s Business Operations attended this official launch and ribbon cutting ceremony. They were joined by key members of the Levy team and the lovable LA King’s mascot Bailey.
So as a home BBQ enthusiast like myself, Kinder’s does BBQ proud. All of the meats taste like something that I would’ve slaved over for a day with a combination of smoky and sweet. It easily replaces the usual concession foods you’ll find at the sporting events if you are not craving the usual dogs and burgers. So come and give this place a try the next time you’re inside Staple’s Center.