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Phil’s BBQ

Tasty baby back ribs (SOS) with fries and the best mac salad in SoCal at Phil’s BBQ in Rancho Bernardo!


Phil’s BBQ

I’ve been to most Phil’s locations over the years and RB is definitely my favorite! It also helps that it’s really close to my office. Love the full service bar area and monthly rotations of beer of the month. I’ve ordered many things off their vast menu of BBQ goodness. Your mileage may vary on what you order however. Always excellent are their baby back ribs and chicken dinners. I never visit without ordering their excellent mac salad. Among the best I’ve put in my mouth! I also really enjoy the “El Toro” Sandwich. A mound of deli thin sliced tri-tip.

I was not impressed by their boneless style meats, like the “rib-less chick-less” plates. They taste dry and overcooked. The only upside is it’s easy to eat and you don’t need a shower afterwards. The caesar salad I had was just average. Most recently I tried “The Philibuster”. I had high hopes for this one but it didn’t quite deliver. The half pound beef patty had a nice grill flavor; the bun was very dense with a leathery skin. The overall mouthfeel was too dry. They should have added BBQ sauce or something (it was served on the side). Probably won’t order that again.

Phil’s BBQ

Excellent “El Toro” sandwich at Phil’s BBQ in Rancho Bernardo! A heaping mound of tender, flavorful deli sliced tri-tip, char-grilled and topped with BBQ sauce. It helps to eat about half the beef with a fork before attempting to pick up this behemoth.

L&L Hawaiian BBQ

Less than desirable BBQ Beef Bowl at the new L&L in Ramona.

Phil’s BBQ

Outstanding Mesquite Grilled Chicken Dinner at Phil’s BBQ in Rancho Bernardo!

Phil’s BBQ

Excellent baby back rib dinner with mac salad and fries at Phil’s BBQ in Santee! I actually ordered the quarter chicken dinner but they brought this out by mistake. Wound up a happy mistake because it was most enjoyable.

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.

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