“Long Beach is about to lose some serious BBQ. Neil Strawder and his wife Phyllis announced they would close Bigmista’s Barbecue & Sammich Shop in a cryptic post on the Bigmista’s website. The restaurant’s last day of service is July 1. Strawder, who started barbecuing as a hobby, then joined the competition circuit and sold his barbecue at farmers markets, opened his first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in Long Beach in 2014. He opened a second restaurant, Big Mista’s Morning Wood, in 2015, but closed that location earlier this year. In the post, Phyllis writes that she and Neil are moving out of state. You can still get your BBQ fix from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, until the end of the month. Here’s to hoping wherever the Strawders land, there will be BBQ. 3444 N. Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach, (562) 452-6565, www.bigmista.com.”
Mac ‘n’ cheese
Of all the things that I tried here, I thought the ribs, hot links and mac ‘n’ cheese were the best. Please note that there is very limited seating at this restaurant. Probably best to do takeout. Also, it’s only open from Thursday to Sunday.