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“Not what it used to be”
Review of Phil's BBQ

Phil's BBQ
Ranked #38 of 5,274 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: At Phils BBQ we combine the best barbecue, legendary service, and the biggest value to create a fast, casual, and fun experience. Our baby back, beef, and chicken dinners all come with your choice of sides, our most popular are the fresh cut fries and colossal onion rings! The full service bar features the tastiest craft beer in SD and tickers surround the restaurant so you can keep up with all your sports. We also cater! Phil's bbq has been awarded best bbq catering in SD year after year.
Reviewed December 4, 2017

Been here many times while in San Diego. Seems as they have grown the food has slipped.The ribs were fair no real smoke flavor and the onion rings and fries were very greasy .Sorry to report Phil's is off our list after many years satisfied customers.the only bright side was CJ was still there and still great

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1  Thank sean k
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Reviewed December 4, 2017

GPS took us to a location next to the Sports Arean. Don’t panic. That’s only a short distance from where the real location is. We went at 11 AM when it opens & there were no lines, maybe 3 people in front of us. First time ever, that I’ve come when there’s no line! As usual, it was worth it. I ordered chicken & ribs & boxed up the ribs to go which were still yummy a few hours later.

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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

We always try regional BBQ's when we travel. But BBQ in San Diego, we've tried that our last trip 6yrs ago and the sampling was not very good. Lets just say Phil's fills the ticket as good BBQ. We had the full baby back slab order with fries. The ribs had a good flavor but a little dry and tough. Based on other reviews, I'll attribute the dryness to being after 8pm on a Sunday night. We asked for the sauce on the side but they came sauced. There was a lot of fries, plenty for the two of us. We didn't have a wait, but had issues with finding a clean table. For San Diego BBQ I can see how they are doing so well, they are the best we've had when visiting SD. Phil knows his rub with his wood blend good job.

1  Thank wonderkap
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Reviewed November 30, 2017

We feel like the hype was a bit much. The bbq is good, although a little on the sweet side for my taste. I question their authenticity.

Still, good bbq at a decent price, and the BEST onion rings!

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1  Thank CPLnCAL
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Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

Had the El toro comes with two sides. Ordered Fry's and slaw. Got Fry's and macaroni. Meat was only fair Fry's cold and I don't want macaroni. Only in an airport would this even be average. Trapped rats will eat most anything.

1  Thank Dan H
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