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“Amazing BBQ in SD and Dog Friendly Too!”

Brazen BBQ Smokehouse & Bar
Ranked #950 of 4,960 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

First of all, Brazen is one of the best BBQ competition teams on the West Coast. This shows at their restaurant. The atmosphere is simple yet warm. The guy at the counter was super friendly and provided some suggestions which turned out great. We shared the platter for two. We ate outside on the patio/bar area with our little dog. The service was fast and friendly. The food was nicely presented and was more than the two of us could easily eat. The beans are amazing. All the meats were moist, tender with a good amount of smoke. I love the fact that they don't force sauce on you. If you want it, you can choose from a few of their great sauces.
I do have to let you know I am a certified BBQ Judge with the Kansas City BBQ Society and we are kinda BBQ snobs. It is difficult for BBQ restaurants to meet our standards, but Brazen does. Try it out!

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Reviewed January 31, 2012

Quality just okay, but thank g-d for the mac&cheese. Pretty good. My friend who had a meat dish said it was just okay.

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

It takes a little searching to find as it doesn't have great signage, but it is definitely worth the search. Nice "bark" on the ribs and brisket and great flavor. Huge portions when you get a combo. Shredded pork was nice and juicy.

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Thank UWJJ
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

I decided to give Brazen 4 stars (very good) rather than 3 (average), because it is better than average in my mind, but not quite very good. I decided to round up because I think as a new business, they deserve the benefit of the doubt,

I had a combo platter with pork ribs, beef brisket and sides of fries and coleslaw. I also had a completely unnecessary order of onion rings, the platter was plenty of food.

Comparisons to Phil's, San Diego's best known BBQ are going to be inevitable. So let's get that part out of the way. I think Phil's food is better, but Brazen's was okay too. So when I decide where to go to get BBQ next time the question is going to be, do I head down to Point Loma to wait 20 or 30 minutes or do I go to Brazen and get a seat pretty quickly. I can't yet say which way I will lean when that time comes. I still think the best BBQ in San Diego is over on Euclid Ave at either Huffman's or Jones Brothers Mississippi BBQ.

To the food itself. It was good, not knock your socks off, best dang BBQ this side of the Pecos good, but San Diego good. I would have liked some thicker smoke rings on the brisket and a bolder flavor on the ribs. I mean the place is named "Brazen" isn't it? Shouldn't the food be brash? A throw a drink in your face, kick you in the shin bold?

The most disappointing was the coleslaw, it was very plain and no flavor that jumped out. The biggest surprise was the onion rings and the dipping sauce that accompanied it. I would say it was mustard based and had that kick I was looking for in the rest of the food. I wish they had made the coleslaw using the dipping sauce.

The portions were good, I wound up taking home half the meal home. Oddly enough, I like the flavor of the brisket and the pork rib the next day, cold, better than hot the previous day. Go figure.

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