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4705 Clairemont Dr, Clairemont Town Square, San Diego, CA 92117-2740
+1 858-270-8227
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Located in San Diego's Clairmont area . You have movie theaters and other food choice in this mall. I had the sampler platter which has good variety of meats from the menu, Pork and beef ribs, 1/4 chix and a spicy link. The sides were mac and cheese, beans and Cole slaw. The slaw was the best, beans right out... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

Very overpriced for the quality and quantity! Mushed, bland potato salad. 'Home style' fries were mostly dry end pieces. Ordinary, plain side dishes. Dry, thin hamburger patty. Pulled pork was stringy with dry, brittle pieces and fat-not good cuts of meat. Fried okra, slaw and BBQ sauce were so-so, Customer service was good.

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Thank lannytops
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2014

Beer on tap, fresh made barbeque, and outdoor dining with a movie theatre next door. What more can I say?

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Thank Carolyn H
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2014

We were visiting my mom in San Diego and she said we had to go get barbecue sandwiches. Having lived in the south for many years, I have had a lot of barbeque and was somewhat skeptical. I was surprised by the large amount of meat on the sandwich and the excellent texture and flavor of the pulled pork. The... More 

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Thank John R
San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

Place used to rock when it first opened. Now it's so bad they don't even give you a pickle with your BBQ and the quality has definitely slipped. It's still edible but not a place we crave like we used to when it first opened up.

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Thank R P
Enfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Wow my husband and i went here and were pleasantly surprised very good value for money. Left feeling very satisfied. Found this place after arriving at Phil's BBQ and it was closed as it was Monday. Great friendly service from the counter guy! If I lived in San Diego I definitely keep returning :)

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Thank Marglovestravelling
The Villages, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

We ordered the special of the day, pulled pork sandwich with fries & coleslaw. The wife got fried okra too. Gotta say, since we lived in North Carolina for 10 years, we are spoiled on great pulled pork. So, we hesitate to order it from any restaurant away from the Carolinas. But, it sounded good & looked good as I... More 

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Thank Brad F
Foley, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

Thought Phil's had the only good barbeque in SD. Boy was I wrong. Discovered this place when looking for a place that would sell BBQ by the pound since Phil's would not.. Found it hidden away beside all the other food places in Clairemont Town Square. Had been to the movies many times right beside it but had never noticed... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

In addition to the awesome pulled pork sandwiches, with your choice to have the slaw inside the sandwich(the best way) or on the side, you have to try the Jack's famous bolt burger with a hot link and bbq sauce; yummm. I also love the not so usual rib tips, fried okra and hushpuppies.

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Thank SvnthMoonPatton
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2011

It's just a little Mom & Pop place in the food court at Clairemont Town Square, but this is the BEST BBQ in San Diego. Great rib tips, fantastic burgers, and did I already mention the best pulled pork sandwich? Daily specials include one of their favorites with a drink and giant Texas fries for the cost of the sandwich... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Barbecue, American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4705 Clairemont Dr, Clairemont Town Square, San Diego, CA 92117-2740
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-270-8227

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