Ribs that make me sooooo happy!.
Being from Texas, I consider myself a big BBQ snob. So I am proud to admit that Phil's has the best ribs west of the Mississippi! Seriously, go to Phil's and get yer dibs on the ribs!
The Sauce Thrills at Phil's!.
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 03/26/09
As one who considers himself a BBQ connoisseur...I'm always excited to take recommendations from close friends on what they consider to be "excellent BBQ" Case in point, Phil's on Sports Arena Dr in San Diego. A great friend of mine talked the joint up to no end...Put simply, I couldn't wait to make it down to try the spot. I always judge the merits of good bbq on: tenderness of meat, flavor of meat, bbq style, flavor of sauce (if needed) and that intangible wow factor that comes from a group of any one of a million different things from atmosphere to presentation to whatever.
I ordered the Broham-a pulled pork sandwich, I also ordered a half-rack of baby backs. We also had a cheeseburger and a side of onion rings (two people..not just me!)
Pulled pork sandwich got a 6.5 out of 10-Definitely not a slow cooked flavor. Tasted almost of lighter fluid which scared me as a place touting itself in BBQ. Not sure if it was the charcoal they use. Nonetheless, it was a bit tough...it wasn't fork tender like pulled pork should be. The bun was excellent...and that smoky sweet spicy sauce did a bang-up job of making it more manageable
Ribs got a 9 out of 10-What can I say...moist, meaty and the sauce did the rest. Not the best I've ever had...but darn good. I suppose if I were to give criticism I'd say they were a little shorter than baby backs I've had before...and there seemed to be a bit of connective tissue that got chewy here and there...definitely AMAZING though. (You gotta like sauce though, they're SAUCY!)
Burger got a 3 out of 10-Ugh...dry, lifeless, hard like a rock...the onion ring tried to sit in there to help...but this was doomed from jumpstreet. Go buy a burger from Carl's Jr and save yourself the wait.
Onion Rings got a 9 out of 10-Not too greasy, not too dry....Large onions, fresh batter, just enough salt and oil to make it pop. Real winner here!
Sauce got a 9 out of 10-One of the top 10 sauces I've ever had. Very rich, tangy, spicy, sweet and complex. Did a great job covering up any inconsistencies in the meat...
Service time was a bit slow...but that's to be expected at the middle of lunch during the week. Put best, it's a great food joint that makes good food. If you're a Texas, Memphis, North Carolina or even Santa Maria BBQ junkie...this probably won't be the best...but it will sure beat most.