My relationship with Blake’s Place in Anaheim goes back nearly 11 years ago, when I found a coupon for them in the Pennysaver and tried them out. Blake’s Place was great from the first taste back then, but then the relationship that brought me to their part of town fizzled and so did my recollection of Blake’s location. Fate brought me back to Blake’s a year ago, when after reading some online restaurant reviews I was reunited with one of my first loves, Blake’s Place! A great restaurant is scary especially if you really like going there. There is so much to live up to once you like a place, but after many visits and numerous introductions to friends, Blake’s Place has never failed. Every family, friend, or co-worker that I have taken there has declared it some of the best BBQ they have ever had.
Today I ordered the special they had on their side wall, Prime Rib Sandwich ($8.95), smoked cuts of prime rib on a french roll, with horseradish, swiss cheese, tomatoes, served with french fries and a side of au-jus. The meat was so tender and delicious, I can’t remember having smoked prime rib, but it really delighted my senses. I’m not a big fan of french fries, but when they are the carrying receptacles for sweet BBQ-sauce I’m willing to accept as many french fries as my stomach can handle. This meal hit my BBQ cravings spot on.
Blake’s Place is industrial zoned dining at it’s best, don’t let their location fool you, this is the best BBQ in all of Orange County, anyone that doesn’t agree hasn’t tried it. As you can see from the picture below, this place isn’t some fly by night BBQ, it’s one of the most popular places in the area, at 11:30 AM the place was packed inside nearly 3/4 full and there were over 10 people waiting in line to place orders. Arrive early, or late to avoid the lunch time rush, or just go there for dinner.
Also a little shout out to my fellow reviewers at the O.C. Weekly with this picture of my food, while I was reading their reviews for this week.[singlepic=121,320,240,,center]
Visit 12/12/08 for lunch.
2905 E. Miraloma Ave., #3
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone (714) 630-8574