Locals and savvy out-of-towners line out the door of this down-home barbecue joint that fixes up mesquite-grilled, fall-off-the-bone baby back and beef ribs; big, messy sandwiches (pulled pork sandwiches and tri-tip); chicken; and oversized onion rings. To wash it all down, there are plenty of San Diego microbrews on tap. The wait can be long—up to an hour or more—at dinnertime, especially on weekends, but you have options. Check the "BBQueue Cam" on Phil's website to gauge the line, call ahead and pick up your order, or eat in the bar area. The setting is comfortable, unfussy and family-friendly. Although this is the biggest, there are other Phil's BBQ outposts in the San Diego area: Santee (9816 Mission Gorge Road, 619/449-7700), San Marcos (579 Grand Ave., 760/759-1400), the San Diego airport, and Petco Park.
San Diego› Restaurant
3750 Sports Arena Blvd.
Our Rating Neighborhood Point Loma Hours Tues–Thurs, Sun 11am–10pm; Fri–Sat 11am–11pm Transportation Bus: 8,9; Trolley: Old Town Phone 619/226-6333 Prices Main courses $7–$21 Cuisine Type Barbecue Web site Phil's BBQ