Phil's BBQ

579 Grand Ave
San Marcos, CA | MAP

EATER TIP: Come hungry (portions satisfy) but prepare to wait in line.

Phil's BBQ is a San Diego staple which I have stupidly neglected for far too long. Before my recent visit, I had only dined at Phil's once at their Sports Arena location in Point Loma about 6 years ago. I remember exactly what I ordered that day: chicken. Chicken!? Hey it was good, but I had to get the ribs this time around according to, oh...just about everyone's recommendation. 

I ordered the Full Baby Back Rib dinner which came with 2 sides — picked the macaroni salad and fresh cut fries. I also ordered a side of sweet baked beans which was pretty yumsters. Everything was great! The entire experience had a backyard picnic vibe with that family homemade taste. I will be sure to try the pork sandwich next time. Don't be afraid to get messy: in addition to wet wipes there is a hand wash station next to the restroom.

Their food has been featured on Adam Richman's Man V. Food and then encored on his follow-up show Best Sandwich in America, so that should tell you something.