Phil's BBQ 3750 Sports Arena Blvd San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 226-6333 www.philsbbq.net
Phil's BBQ is my favorite place in San Diego for barbecue ribs, and probably one of San Diego's most famous restaurants. I have friends who have to pay a visit to Phil's every time they visit San Diego. Phil's used to be located in Hillcrest. The tiny restaurant was always crowded and hopping.
Then they decided to move to a larger location. Now, it's even more crowded than before. There is always a line at Phil's no matter what time I go. I've given up trying to actually eat there. I don't like having to wait so long to order, try to find a table, and then wait for my food. Instead, I just order food to go. I call in, drive over in about 20 minutes, and I'm out of there within 10 minutes. I get to go home, enjoy my food, and wash my messy hands after.
Phil's menu can be found on their website. I always stick to the baby back ribs. I tried the beef ribs once, but they weren't as good.
The meat is tender, and literally falls off the bones. The sauce is sweet and a bit spicy. A delicious combination. Boyfriend and I usually share a full rib dinner which comes with two small sides.
I usually get the macaroni salad and the potato salad. I've also gotten fries before, but the fries are usually soggy.
Here's the bones from our food. They are always very clean since the meat comes off so easily: