Local Spot in San Diego is
3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 226-6333 http://www.philsbbq.net
People have hyped this local barbecue place for awhile now and I just had to try it myself. It's funny that I've had Texas barbecue and Kansas City barbecue before trying this place when it's actually in my home city. It's probably one of San Diego's famous landmarks. It was voted on Yelp as one of the Top 10 restaurants in USA. And it was featured on Drive-Ins, Diners, and Dives. My final verdict: Believe in the hype. The waiting line is long but it's worth it. The food mellllllttttsss in your mouth. Their signature barbecue sauce is tasty. Their baby back ribs and beef bone ribs lives up to their name. There's many different combinations and portions to order from. Keep in mind the beef ribs are really BIG! (that's probably why I usually just order a 'tickler' which is an order of just one). Side options include: coleslaw, onion rings, macaroni salad, potato salad, corn on the cob,french fries, steam veggies, etc...I think my favorite are the onion rings. My friends like their macaroni salad because there's not too much mayonnaise. All first-timers that have came here with me enjoyed their food. Definitely give it a try. And don't feel weird taking pictures here because everybody does it when they come here. They even set up a camera photo stand in front for the restaurant so you can take pictures while waiting in line ;p
The BEST place for BBQ has to be
FIORELLA'S JACK STACK BARBEQUE
101 W. 22 St, Kansas City, MO 64108
This place is so good that one of my coworkers ate here twice in one day; lunch and dinner. I ate here twice on my trip and bought some food on the day I left to bring on the plane with me (knowing there is a chance I won't be able to bring it with me). Need I say more? This dine in restaurant is quite famous for their food. I was told to come here for their beans and prime rib. My conclusion: Everything on their menu is tender, juicy, and falls off the bone with just a touch of a fork. The first time I went here, I had their 'Jack's Best Plate'; it had their signature crowne prime beef rib, baby back ribs, and beef burnt ends served on a steel platter with my side choice of beans. Their beans are amazingly delicious; smoked with barbeque meat and beans that made me turn from hating beans to wanting more of it. I wasn't able to finish my meal; I didn't even make a dent in it. I brought it back to the hotel and it literally took me 2 more days to finish it. The second time I went here, I had ordered their famous hickory smoked prime rib dinner with sides of beans and cheesy corn bake. It was a big 12 oz meat and I FINISHED IT with my co-workers all cheering for me. Their cheesy corn bake is like cheesy mac yet 10x better. My coworkers had a debate of whether the baby back ribs or spare ribs were better. This is the one barbeque place in Kansas City that ALL of my colleagues loved including me. Next time I have a party, I'm having some barbeque shipped from them because they do have national shipping ;)
Gates Barbeque is the other place to go in Kansas City
1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 531-7522 www.
When I asked the locals of where to go for barbeque, half of them said to go to Jack's and half said to go to Gates. Gates is more of a casual fast food kind of feel place then Jack's. The service beats the venue though. Our waitress was so sweet and offered to get us everything we needed; she wouldn't even let us get up and get it ourselves. Gates is more preferable to some because it's more of a dry seasoned barbeque. I had their baby back short ribs and I liked it; that basically means it wasn't bad. I, however, prefer Jack's. Their barbeque sauce are pretty good and I was asked to bring some home for my co-workers. I guess you have to try both and see which place is more to your liking.
First place I had southern barbeque
Spring Creek Barbeque
4420 Fm 1960 Rd, Houston, TX 77069
(281) 444-8683 www.springcreekbarbeque.com
My sister brought me here in Houston and it was my first time experiencing barbeque in the south. She said it's her favorite. My sister had ordered their chopped baker which was baked potato with chopped beef. I tasted it and it was really good that I remember wishing I had ordered that. I had their ribs and their sausage and they were really good as well. I can't say that my sides met my expectations but the main dishes did. Not a bad place I tell you.
Late night fried Okra never tasted better at
Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse
302 North Market Street, Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 744-1610 www.sonnybryans.com
The first night that I landed in Dallas, I had dinner here at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse. I had their ribs, fried okra, and macncheese. The ribs fell off the bone and the sides were really good on a hungry stomache. My coworkers had gone back here to eat because the food was that good. I say it deserves to be on here because they had good barbeque.
Peggy Sue BBQ
6600 Snider Plz, Dallas, TX 75205-1352
(214) 987-9188 www.peggysuebbq.com
With a name like that, who wouldn't want to try it?This place is family runned and has a homey feel to it. Their onion rings were YUMMY!!!! I had their brisket and their ribs. I had no complaints about this place. From what I remember, this place had old photos of all the people that have ate there and they've been around for a very long time. They must have been doing things right from the very beginning for all those people to keep on coming back.