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“Original means "ORIGINAL!"” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Phil's Original BBQ - CLOSED

Phil's Original BBQ
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Soups
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Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Downtown
Little Britain
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Original means "ORIGINAL!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

I love barbecue and have had it down in the southern states as well as several establishments in southern Ontario. Some are dry, some not tender enough, some too smoky or spicy. Not Phil's. Phil's is the best... hands down. I would even put it against any sweet meat BBQ in the southern states. It is a matter of getting all the pieces in place:

High quality meat to start
The perfect mix in the rub
Many patient hours in the smoker
Absolutely melt in your mouth tender
Not dry
That sweet, smoky flavour that just gets the saliva glands going.

Add that to the sides he offers like cachapas (you don't see these original southern sides in your average BBQ resturant) and it is the total package - "Original" BBQ

Try Phil's against any other BBQ and you will be a convert

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank EricandGigi
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  • English first
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English first
toronto
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202 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Terrific Lunch at Phil's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

My husband and I had a great lunch at Phil's Original BBQ. We both had the brisket sandwiches which were delicious. The tender meat had a really pleasant smoky taste and was not overly salted, something I appreciate a lot. There were two sauces accompanying the sandwiches so you could use the amount you preferred. One was a spicy mix and the other was more mild and sweet. We ordered the coleslaw and fries to go with the meal. The fries were done perfectly, golden brown and crisp. The coleslaw was a vinegar based style and was very good as well.
To top things off, I had one of the best mojitos I've ever had. Lots of fresh mint, strong on the lime and not too sweet. A terrific lunch served with a smile too.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jotrips
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103 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Decent bbq”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

I tried phil's for a take out pulled pork with slaw. Sandwich was decent but te meat was a bit dry on its own. The sauces were quite good though and, this can make the difference between "ok and good" bbq.

I enjoyed the vinegar-based slaw...the yellow tinge could be off-setting to some but its likely a bit of mustard. For me it was the hi-lite of the dish!

I'd go back to try brisket and ribs, wouldn't go out of my way though. This place was just made-over on a tv show a couple years ago....coulda fooled me.

If you like bbq and you are in the neighbourhood Give it a whirl. The sandwich was $9 with tax...beats a burger at a fast-food chain any day

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Budz66
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Toronto, Canada
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81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Good BBQ, I'd give 3.5 if I could”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

Couldn't resist a sign that boasts "real smoke, real slow". Interior was nice, but humble. Staff was friendly. Brisket was lightly smoky, but not as much as I liked or hoped. Still, it was very tender and moist, and the sauces had great flavor. Beans were awesome. Good sized serving for value.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Matt S
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Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Carnivores delight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2011

Save yourself some room, order the beans and add the spicy sauce, the service here is wonderful and all of the meats are yum!!! The pulled pork makes a great sandwich, the chicken is smoky and tender and the ribs were a huge winner, the brisket also good - may not be as good as mums but not a disappointment, the fries crunchy and the coleslaw unique. Great way to spend a night in Toronto.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank katieb332000
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