I had some time so I went to Phil's at about 3PM. There were a lot of people but the line was short. It was my first time so the greeter explained the procedure and everything was fast and efficient. I ordered, got my pager, filled my bottomless soda and sat for about 5-10 minutes then my pager went off and i picked up my food.
I ordered a half ribs with cole slaw and beans, and a small order of onion rings. The sauce on the ribs was awesome...just the right mix of sweet and a bit of heat. I was a bit disappointed in the ribs. The thickness of the meat was spotty, some ribs had a nice amount and others were nearly bare. The meat itself didn't have much of a smoke flavor but the sauce made up for it.
The sides really shined. The cole slaw was fresh and not swimming in dressing like most. The beans were tasty and the onions rings were the highlight of my meal. The onions were cut thick and the breading was thin and very crispy. I suggest putting a napkin under the onion rings to catch the excess oil that pools at the bottom...ok health food it is not but I crave those onion rings.
I will visit again if I am in San Diego in the middle of the afternoon.