Barbecue in LA is, clearly, unregimented and unregulated, a free-for-all that encourages wild experimentation and whimsy. No single outfit better exemplifies that spirit than the untamed creativity at ZEF, a Simi Valley weekend-only pop-up with an ever-changing menu which drops on Tuesdays and sells out fast. Chefs Logan Sandoval and Anna Lindsey mix up their inspirations with a new theme almost every week, coming up with dishes like brisket in coconut curry with miso sweet potatoes, chicken poached in shoyu then smoked over oak, and burnt ends spiced like al pastor. Regardless of what’s on special, though, they always have their excellent brisket and beef ribs.
How to enjoy: Order ahead via Tock, starting Wednesday mornings.