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Four years ago, the Scene did something controversial that, for once, nobody bitched about: We named Shotgun Willie’s Best Brisket despite the fact that they’d already closed. This year, we’re thrilled to re-bestow the honor, this time without even a whiff of questionable circumstances — because Shotgun Willie’s is back, baby! In Inglewood, you can get Bill Laviolette’s beloved slow-cooked, Central Texas-style brisket — as well as other expertly seasoned meats and sides. In a two-year period that’s seen more gutting restaurant closures than any other year on record, this is a meaty, marvelous return we can all celebrate.

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