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Grand Ole BBQ

Outstanding “El Borracho” Fries at GOB!

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Back in the day during the ‘rona shutdown I disdained most takeout options. I have to say though I was really impressed with Chili’s! Their smokehouse combo turned out really nice to-go. Everything was individually wrapped and tasted nearly as hot and fresh as if I was in their restaurant. That flimsy plastic box was probably the biggest annoyance.

Meat Monsters Grill

April 1, 2020 – Kudos to A&S Catering and BBQ for being open at Meat Monsters Girl! Had an outstanding lunch today. Smoked beef shoulder sammich plus side for only $8. The beef was a little tough but had a remarkable smoked flavor and great bark. If you’ve never tried their bacon mac & cheese, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s so good, you’re going to cry when you eat it! They’re open for takeout right now, every other day from noon to 7pm (or until they run out of food).

Chili’s Grill & Bar

My favorite thing to order at Chili’s! Their outstanding “BBQ Combo” with jalapeño-cheddar smoked sausage and half order of baby back ribs, sauce on side. Plus street corn, fries, tasty toast and a nice cold draft IPA.

The Par Lounge

Monday night rib special at The Par Lounge was a fantastic value at only $10! The ribs themselves were quite unremarkable, although the rub was tasty. I definitely did not appreciate chunks of pineapple in my coleslaw.

Smokin J’s BBQ

One of Poway’s newest restaurants, Smokin J’s is a BBQ powerhouse! Located near Old Poway Park, their small storefront puts out some of the best Que I’ve had in SoCal. I believe they’re in the process of expanding and will have ample dine in facilities soon. Everything here is made from scratch, in-house. I’ve had their brisket a couple times and it is excellent. Quite moist and richly marbled. They also make a delicious looking pecan pie (my fave) that I can’t wait to try soon!

Pioneer BBQ

(Visited December 26, 2019) Outstanding 2 Meat Combo at Pioneer BBQ! Cheddar sausage was excellent, brisket decent, mac & cheese nothing to write home about, and tater salad that was remarkably good.

Phil’s BBQ

(Visited November 12, 2019) Outstanding Half Rib Dinner at Phil’s BBQ in Santee! I always order mine sauce on the side, or “SOS” as they say at Phil’s. I believe this is one of their two locations still open for takeout during all this ‘rona mess.

Grand Ole BBQ

Lady Bird’s Texas Red Chili was outstanding at Grand Ole BBQ in Flinn Springs! Comes in cup or bowl, you can add shredded cheddar, sour cream, red onions, pico, etc. The chili is made with BBQ pork and beef with ground chilies, spices and beer. The best part, NO beans! For some reason you can also add mac & cheese for an additional charge. I’m not sure who thinks that sounds good mixed with chili. I requested it on the side and I’m glad I did. It was excellent. Highly recommended if you visit GOB and happen to be a chili fan. They also make a chili verde (green) version. I

BT’s Southern BBQ

Outstanding BBQ brisket and pulled pork at BT’s Southern BBQ in Huntington Beach!

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