From Our Editors
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.