With amazing vintage murals of cooking bears, saw dust on the floor, and wagon wheel chandeliers, the Bear Pit is one of the most charming restaurants I have seen in the greater Los Angeles area. The wait staff was downright country friendly. The kid's menu was cute and included a mini rack of ribs, "The Rib Tickler," which my kids split. The meal that Husband of Food and I shared had a to go box that was heavy to carry back to the car. These portions were Fred Flinstone huge. The prices were reasonable, the sodas plentiful... So why am I a wee bit disappointed? To tell the truth, the taste of this Barbecue just didn't quite live up to the rest of the terrific experience. The sauces had no kick and without the BBQ sauce, the meat was dry and bland. We were given two sauces, one sweet and the other tangy. The sweet sauce was my favorite, but could have used some tang, the tangy one was fairly gelatinous and really left me cold. The sides were better, the baked beans yummy, the hush puppies were different from others I've had, but tasty, and the garlic bread nice. As a whole, I had a fine meal and I certainly enjoyed the atmosphere, but for great tasting meat, I'd go down the road a bit, that road being Sepulveda, to Dr. Hogly Wogly's.