I know, sounds like a place where gay bears hang out. And although I have seen some bears there, it's really a bar-b-que joint.
Now I'm not a huge fan of bar-b-que places, never have been. But The Bear Pit is really really good! And it's not bar-b-que like "everything is drowning in red bar-b-que sauce" bar-b-que. It's more a brownish sauce
The place has been there since the late 40's, and it's always, always crowded. But the wait staff is efficient enough to get everyone in and out relatively easily. They might not be the friendliest people to deal with but when you go to a place like this, you kind of expect a little waitress attitude, and I'm ok with that. Plus, there's sawdust on the floor. How can you go wrong with a place that has sawdust on the floor!
My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich on their garlic toast. It's awesome. It's messy. It's terrific! If you don't have juice dripping down your hands, you aren't doing it right (ok that sounded durty )
If you are heading north out of LA and are at the northern end of the SFValley, and are craving a little bar-b-que, exit the 405 and make your way to The Bear Pit. You won't be sorry.