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“Great service, great food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phil's BBQ

Phil's BBQ
579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA
+1 760-759-1400
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Ranked #2 of 186 Restaurants in San Marcos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Delivery
Description: The San Diego site was featured on the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food. Great food and interesting ordering/food pickup venue. All ages welcome.
Hobbs, New Mexico, United States
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great service, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Loved this BBQ find in CA. The hostess helped us figure out what/how to order for my 3 young kids to eat. Chicken, dry... meaning no seasoning when cooked and no sauce afterward.

Sides were tasty, restaurant was clean, and bathrooms were in excellent condition.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carlsbad, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Different but Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I love BBQ and have had some of the best around the country. Phil's is good for sure, with a touch of spice. I personally liked it a lot, but the kids were not a fan of the sauce due to it's kick. Plus the options for kids is not very good.

Visited October 2012
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So Cal
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Affordable tasty BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

I recommend the El Toro if you love trip-tip and the onion rings are delicious. Don't be discouraged by a long line because it moves pretty quickly.

Visited September 2012
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nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Staff, Great Ribs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Our first time to Phils BBQ as we are visiting the area. San Marcos has many good places to eat and good value for the money. We tried the ribs, onion rings, coleslaw and fries as did many people who have written a review. The staff was friendly and helpful, and they didn't have the LOUD music that you get at 5Guys, Red Robin etc! Next time we will try a sandwich.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alamo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best BBQ ever while travelling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Great food -- did take-out, but would go to the restaurant -- very family friendly -- separate bar area. Don't miss it if you are in the area!

Visited July 2012
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