Vinyl Meets BBQ: Territory BBQ and Records

It’s sort of an odd pairing. Sticky fingers covered with BBQ sauce, and rare and collectible psych, garage and deep funk vinyl. All located within a bright turquoise building, complete with a light tower. But once I met former Tee Pee records exec Tony Presedo at his new joint Territory BBQ and Records in Silverlake, it all started to make sense. After him and partner/former musician and chef Curtis Brown spent years on the road touring the south and eating at BBQ joints all around the coutnry, they realized what this part of LA was really missing was a good southern BBQ joint. Curtis has spent the last few years as owner of Endless Summer Tacos in Brooklyn and has joined Tony in LA for their latest venture.

Territory BBQ and Records will focus on Southern BBQ. North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas all under one brightly colored roof. Featured dishes like pulled pork, brisket, fried chicken and catfish and of course a burger. On the weekends they will serve up ribs. No french fries here, they will be serving your typical southern sides like candied yams, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and freshly made biscuits. They’ll also have a couple of home made pies for dessert.

They’ll carry three different types of BBQ sauces, vinegar, mustard and tomato based. Expect prices averaging just below $10. They are in the process of applying for their liquor license. So for now expect southern specialties like sweet tea and Cheerwine, the cherry-flavored, North Carolina-bottled soda. They have a small outdoor patio for seating with plans to expand to a larger patio area soon.

The record store, located in a separate part of the building, is protected from the smoke and sauce, and they’ll focus on rare and collectable vinyl. Territory is set to open on May 15.

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