Saturday, December 7, 2013
Ocie's Texas BBQ at The Crossing-Closed
3245 Casitas Ave
The Crossing is actually an industrial park split into artist studios, the Atwater Village Performing Arts Center, and the dining options.
I really don't know how to describe dining options at The Crossing; a neighborhood meeting spot with a few dining options? Two separate restaurants? Anyways, The Crossing has Ocie's Texas BBQ, a pizza restaurant, and a coffee place. There are plenty of tables inside and outside.
Spare ribs plate, $12, with double mac and cheese. Texas BBQ means mesquite wood is used to smoke the meats. The smokers are right next to the patio, so they do smoke their meats. But, they haven't perfected their meat. The ribs were tough, chewy and needed to be in the smoker for another two hours, at least one more hour. The rub is heavy on the paprika with slight hints of cumin. I wasn't impressed.
The mac and cheese needed more cheese sauce, though the macaroni was well cooked.
Service left a lot to be desired. While the server was friendly, she didn't come around often. We lacked for refills and somebody at the table had to ask three times for coffee before finally getting it.
I wouldn't come back to Ocie's Texas BBQ again. Poor food and service.