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My Former Food Filled Brand as Mrs. Mista

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My culinary bad assery is business based. Now while a sista don’t cook on purpose, I was the business behind Bigmista. With my husband as the cook and face, we took Bigmista’s from a Farmers Market stand in Watts to two restaurants and a catering company that made millions.


Our success landed my husband on season 2 of Barbecue Pitmaster, The Ultimate BBQ Showdown, and a national commercial for Arby's. I appeared with him on BBQ Crawl, hosted by Danielle "Diva Q" Bennett; Man Fire Food, hosted by Roger Mooking; and The Great Food Truck Race, hosted by Bobby Flay.


We also appeared on multiple segments of Good Day LA. We were featured in the food section of the L. A. Times, on Jonathan Gold's 99 Things To Eat Before You Die and his 99 Restaurants To Eat. We didn't even have a restaurant for that last one.

We catered for Kate Hudson, Morena Baccarin and Sofia Coppola. We also catered for the sets of The Office, The Exes, Dexter and something else I can't remember.

The Bigmista brand lives on with my husband who is now a content creator for food, booze and travel. We closed up shop in 2018 yet we still get emails and request for our return and our products.

Long Beach's Famed Bigmista's Barbecue Set to Close up Shop

Shortly after it was announced they were closing up their vastly underrated breakfast joint, Neil and Phyllis Strawder have announced that they will also be closing up their flagship endeavor, Bigmista's Barbecue


Watch Bigmista’s Owner Phyllis Strawder Thank a Yelper for Her One Star Review

Neil Strawder and his wife spent years hustling farmers markets, barbecue competitions, and TV appearances to get to where they are now, with a successful restaurant life down in Long Beach — and


Long Beach Lunch: Bigmista's Barbecue & Sammich Shop + Bigmista's Morning Wood

Breakfast tacos, schmreakfast tacos. Why isn’t anyone talking about the other side of Texas breakfast? The one that makes me long for mushy sweet potatoes and shredded brisket hash slathered in rich maroon...

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We Ate $7 Vs. $68 American BBQ Ribs To See Which Was Worth The Price

The rules? Try three different BBQ ribs from three different restuarants at low, medium, and high price points to find out which one was the most Worth It!

The first BBQ joint was Bigmista's Barbecue  

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