Jonathan Burrows’s second installment has an enclosed patio, a horseshoe bar, and raw wood–beamed ceilings. It’s family filled, and once again, the ribs are long marinated, the fries are twice cooked in lard, and the corn bread is warm and fresh.
Best Children's Menus, July 2010
Home on the Range
With its weathered clapboard and corrugated metal, the decor at Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs
(13625 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-905-8400; and additional locations) is part honky-tonk, part Splash Mountain. The cuisine, meanwhile, appeals to the junior cowpoke. Abridged versions of beef, baby back, and St. Louis ribs come with down-home coleslaw, corn bread, or hush puppies and a tall glass of soda, juice, or milk. The complete meal costs no more than $7. For dessert: lemon squares, chocolate mousse cake, or pecan pie.