The great minds behind The Viking Truck + Garlicscapes Truck = Meat Up BBQ in Placentia, California

The food truck craze has died down quite a bit since 2010. Some trucks have kept the momentum going with scheduled stops and catering while others just fade into memory. But some trucks who proved their concepts, made the move to brick and mortar locations. This is one of those successes. Luis Flores, owner of TheViking Truck and Porko Rico BBQ, teamed up with Mike Dimmitt, formerly of Garlicscapes Truck, to open up Meat Up BBQ, where you will see some favorites from the trucks along with inventive California-style barbeque and 25 local craft beers on tap.


Deep Fried Artichokes ($8) are fresh artichoke quarters dusted with garlic seasoning, fried up until crispy, and served with fresh lemon, cool garlic cream, and garlic infused butter. The batter is very light for a good crispy exterior and juicy, sweet interior. Just be careful, since this is a hot-oil deep fried dish, the artichoke juices are quite hot, so let it rest for a little bit before diving in for your first bite. Rating: 4.3/5

The Mighty Zeus ($12) is a sandwich made with smoked tri-tip, olive tapenade, fried cherry peppers, garlic aioli, feta cheese, and fresh greens. The OC Baking Co. bread holds up really well to all the juices and sauce. The thinly sliced tri-tip is tender with an herby, Mediterranean flavor profile, like a California-style gyro. The olive relish adds some acidity and the peppers provide a little bit of heat. Rating: 4.3/5

St. Louis Ribs (Half rack - $18, Full rack - $25) are classic spare pork ribs that are smoked for 6 hours, chargrill finished, and sauced with cracked pepper BBQ sauce. These type of meat plates are served with two Classic Sides and cornbread. The ribs have a good smoked flavor and are “competition” tender with a good bite without it “falling off the bone” (which means overcooked in BBQ competition terms). The smoking and chargrill give it a beautiful caramelized bark on the outside. Cornbread is moist and not too sweet. Rating: 4.3/5

Chili Verde ($4) is a cup of pulled pork chili verde, tomatillos, and mild peppers in a seasoned broth. This is fantastic! It has a really good green chile flavor. The pork is pulled in just the right consistency to act like a “mop” to capture the flavor of the broth. Rating: 4.8/5


Hellbilly Chili ($4) is EPIC Beef and 3-beef chili topped with cheese, onion, and Scape sauce. This meaty chili tastes like kettle-cooked style chili. It is stick-to-your-ribs good! Rating: 4.5/5


Mac N Cheese ($4) is classic mac & cheese topped with herbs and bread crumbs. The in-house béchamel is fantastic! It is rich, creamy and very cheesy. The macaroni is cooked to al dente so it has a nice bite to without being soggy at all. Rating: 4/5

If you are looking for an affordable, fast, casual, and fun meal, meet up with your friends and family at Meat Up BBQ!

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Meat Up BBQ
1450 N. Kraemer Blvd.
Placentia, CA 92870
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Parking: Free shopping center parking lot

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