3750 Sports Arena Boulevard
San Diego, California 92110
Last time I went to Phil’s BBQ, it was about four years ago. So I finally went recently and I felt like I was at Disneyland. They had a setup for souvenir photos, a live feed cam, and a sign stating “approximately 20 minute wait at this point.” INSANE! Thankfully I went around 3:30pm to beat the lunch and dinner crowd and waited about 20 minutes which is lucky in their book. Unless it’s your birthday, then you can skip the line once you join their Phil’s Club or by placing a to-go order.
Small Colossal Onion Rings $3.95
Everyone raves about it, so I got it even though I am not a huge onion rings person. I can see why folks like it since it’s beer battered with a nice, thick coat. However, I prefer more of a coarse texture on my onion rings.
Full Rack Baby Back Rib Dinner $18.95
2 small sides or 1 large side
Their baby back pork ribs are their specialty. Even though Medi isn’t a fan of pork, he loved them. The meat really does just fall right off the ribs and their BBQ is good. This is where they beat most of their competition. However those looking for more of a smoke flavor, need to go somewhere else. Also, the sides we had were just average.
El Toro $6.95
Char-grilled tri-tip and topped with BBQ sauce
Personally, this was my favorite. Tri-tip is a lean cut of the beef from the bottom sirloin. Their tri-tip is juicy and what makes it delicious is the caramelized BBQ sauce. But what made this sandwich so great was their kaiser bun. I never had a kaiser bun like Phil’s BBQ and partly might be because it is so fresh from their in-house bakery. So good, a must when you visit.
Whoopie Pie $3
Phil’s BBQ doesn’t have any biscuits (blasphemy, I know!), they totally make it up by having these monster whoopie pies! Remember these are made in-house or else I would of passed on these suckers. I stuck with the traditional whoopie pie, but they also have red velvet and oatmeal. The chocolate is really rich and delicious and was a nice way to end a meal.