When a golfer seeks inspiration, she looks toward the skies over Scotland, just as a baker gets a second wind from his brochure of the Choco Mountain Range. Today's Groupon inspires with a saucy salute to Memphis: $20 worth of sweet meats and succulent, finger-licking barbecue for $10 at Lil' Piggy's Bar-B-Q in Coronado. Follow the sweet-smelling dreams that haunt long nights in your rib-shack.
After soaking up garlic-and-herb seasoning overnight, the hunks of rotisserie chicken at Mr. Chick roast slowly on a spit to maximize their flavor. Once they develop a golden hue, rotisserie bites tumble into the eatery's plates, sandwiches, family deals, and trio of chicken-rice bowls. Baby back ribs, gyros, and vegetarian dishes, such as marinated eggplant and fried zucchini, round out the rest of the menu and receive the same care and schedule of spa treatments as the signature poultry. In addition to dine-in and takeout options, Mr. Chick caters corporate events and private functions with large helpings of its delectable fare.
Fill up on fiery favorites with today’s Groupon. For $10, you’ll get $20 worth of bites and beverages at Abbey’s Real BBQ, a demure smokehouse specializing in combos, a la carte eats, and filling swimming pools with smoked meats upon request.Real BBQ: Ribs smoked to perfection.Fake BBQ: The friar enters the antechamber. His eyes fill with tears. As he explains that he is unable to pay your tribute, a nod to your footman signals him to release the owls.
Brad Thomas and John Bracamonte first unveiled their barbecuing brilliance on the competition circuit back in 2009. That year, they earned a slew of awards, including the California BBQ Association’s Rookie of the Year award.
Though still part of the competition world, these days they focus on whipping up those same flavors at Brazen BBQ’s San Diego eatery. Relying on local ingredients and from-scratch cooking techniques, they coat meats with housemade rubs before slow cooking them over hardwood smoke whose recipes are spoken aloud only in the language that flowers speak. That process results in such barbecue classics as pulled pork, but it also yields more creative dishes, including brisket stroganoff—brisket and whole-wheat egg noodles covered in a mushroom cream sauce. Besides barbecue, Brad and John's southern-inspired options range from burgers crowned with fried jalapeños to crawfish corn fritters. Mixed drinks, plus craft and regional beer, cleanse the palate between bites.
Though restaurateur Phil Pace values a quick dining experience, his secret barbecue recipes have diners lining up out the door. Their willingness to wait is due to Phil's saucy baby back pork ribs, beef ribs, and mesquite-grilled chicken made with from-scratch dry rubs and sauces. A variety of sandwiches incorporate tangy barbecue sauce, from pulled pork and turkey to veggie burgers for the meat averse. Local adulation for Phil's BBQ’s smoked eats spurred San Diego Magazine to declare the eatery's barbecue the best in the city in 2011 and 2012. Beyond the work they do in the kitchen, the staff at Phil's BBQ works to improve the community at large. The restaurant has donated more than a quarter-million dollars to local children's charities, and their irresistible sauces have helped local police fingerprint and apprehend dozens of baby back ribs thieves.
Lively Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ takes its meat very seriously, offering authentic Texas-style barbecue and gigantic fall-off-the-bone beef ribs on Morena Boulevard in San Diego. The team here takes pride in their flavorful, slow-cooked meats, like their pulled pork or brisket, both of which are smoked for more than eleven hours. Tasty gourmet sides include five-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese with a crispy top, freshly baked cornbread, sweet corn, almond-studded coleslaw and french fries. Locals enjoy kicking back on the dog-friendly patio with giant plates of barbecue and cold draft beers, or catching a Chargers game or concert on the giant fifteen-foot screen. Inside, decorative bull horns hang on the walls honoring this eatery’s down-home Texas spirit. Kids love the free ice cream; dogs dig the bones.