Compton, Calif. “Straight Outta Compton”
South of Downtown Los Angeles sits the fabled city of Compton. It’s been mythologized in rap music and movies for decades and now, on the eve of Straight Outta Compton‘s release, the city is once again in the limelight. But you’d be a fool to judge the CPT based solely on what you hear in songs — you’d run the risk of ignoring all the city has to offer. Namely, kind people and lots of good food.
“You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge…”
Uproxx’s food editor Steve Bramucci raves about Bludso’s BBQ. People line up outside for rib tips, pork shoulder and sliced beef by the pound; macaroni and cheese, baked beans and potato salad; for dessert, banana pudding or peach cobbler. On Saturdays, you can feel like Fred Flintstone chewing on dinosaur bones with their gigantic beef ribs. This is a beloved spot, and chef Kevin Bludso is famous for his recipes and hospitality.
Don’t like ribs? Perhaps you’re more in the mood for ‘the Chronic.’ For those in the know, that’s a burger at Mom’s Burgers, with a slice of American cheese, a fried egg, and two slices of thick-cut bacon. And if your heart and arteries can take this trip to Compton, you must also hit Loreto’s Fried Turkey because, once you try deep fried turkey, you’ll never want it roasted again. You can get turkey tacos or turkey sandwiches, or just say “f*ck it” and get the whole bird for $60. Each turkey is seasoned and deep-fried in peanut oil, resulting in crispy skin and juicy meat.
Below, we look at five other cities that played a part in raising influential and extraordinary musicians, and what to eat, drink and do if you go visit for yourself.