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Leadbelly’s Southern-Style Barbecue

711 N. Placentia Ave. Fullerton, CA 92831 | Fullerton | 714-646-9560

Location Description:

Leadbelly’s is a barbecue restaurant in Fullerton. The lighted sign just reads “Barbecue” because, well, what else do you need to know? Here, in this strip mall in a decidedly unhip part of Fullerton, you’re not going bar-hopping at some trendy club; you’re going for a tan under the sign that says “Tanning,” a rubdown at the one that says “Massage” or, best yet, for no-frills-no-nonsense barbecue, here at Leadbelly’s. You marvel that the modest, refrigerator-sized smoker pictured on the Facebook page is responsible for tri tips so pink, briskets so deep in flavor and sausages that melt like ice cream in your mouth. It’s almost as surprising as the price you’ll pay for a massive plate with all three: $15.95 as of this writing. Included are slices of bread you’ll never touch, as well as a choice of two sides from a list of that boasts collard greens, creamed corn that slurps like chowder, candy-sweet baked beans, and a jalapeño macaroni and cheese that comes with not just crumbled breadcrumbs, but also crumbled bacon. Leadbelly’s also offers burnt ends, those charred brisket trimmings that are one of the most coveted delicacies in the world of barbecue. Here, they’re served steeped in an almost-too-salty sauce insulated with a thin layer of fat.


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Details

  • Cuisine(s): American, Barbecue
  • Hours: Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards

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