Phil’s, Phil’s, Phil’s!!!
4500 Reviews on Yelp. 4 1/2 star overall rating. Segment on Man vs. Food. Had their El Toro sandwich in the Best sandwich in America episode. How can this place not be good???
When you take your first bite of anything on the menu it makes you realize why it has received all the accolades. But all the biases and hype aside, there is nothing better than meat freshly off the grill, drenched in thick, smokey barbecue sauce.
The food at Phil’s is great, but the thing i also love is the fast paced environment. Yes, the line can get pretty long at times but it moves rather quickly. Phil’s is not a traditional dine-in with waiters taking your order. It is comparable to a traditional fast food place which i feel is perfect. Barbecue isn’t the type of food that should be sold in elegant restaurants where you get dressed up for anyway. No thick cotton napkins placed on your laps necessary. Instead, a roll of paper towels are placed on each table preparing you for the mayhem that is about to be taken place between barbecue and the hungry barbarians we know we all are.
The ribs are amazing! The meat falls off the bone easily and the texture of it is perfect. There is never any fat on it and i usually eat the entire thing til the bone is sucked dry.
The chicken is delicious. Theresa isn’t the greatest fan of barbecue, but she ate the entire chicken and even dipped it in the extra sauce that was given. She probably would recommend to throw on some of the creole seasoning for an extra kick.
El Toro… amazing. Tri tip has always been a favorite of mine and Phil’s owns the best tri tip sandwich I’ve eaten by far.
The thing i love most about all of em is that you can taste that “off the grill” smokey flavor. I absolutely love that.
Unfortunately, these are the only three dishes I’ve tried…. thus far. I’ll cover the rest of the menu before my lifetime I’m sure!
But don’t forget the sides! I’ve only ordered the coleslaw, fresh cut fries,and baked beans which were all awesome. It gives a nice contrast to the flavors from the main dishes.
With this all said, Phil’s a necessity in life! You must go at least once if you haven’t. Especially if you are a meat lover. Or a barbecue lover. Or a food lover. Or if you just love your life in general. Go to San Diego and go to the best restaurant in the city.
For more info on Phil’s BBQ! http://www.philsbbq.net/
3750 Sports Arena Boulevard San Diego, CA 92110