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Unread 11-20-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Without a Doubt The Most Over Rated BBQ Restaurant in America

This place is definitely the most over rated bbq restaurant in America.

It is number 7 on the Yelp list with over 4500 reviews.

http://officialblog.yelp.com/2012/01...s-of-2011.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/phils-bbq-san-diego-2

The reason for this is that most people here in San Diego have no clue on what bbq is.

This place is maybe a cut above Tony Romas but then again maybe not.

They do not even use a smoker in that where they are located is a no smoke zone.

They bake, then grill then slather on a very sweet sauce on it.

San Diegans go nuts over this stuff as you can read the reviews.

Phil's to me is a complete joke and I am shocked at all the business they get.

There are lines out the door and around the building every day.

This is not bbq folks and the most over rated bbq in the USA!

What places near you are over rated?
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Unread 11-20-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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What places near you are over rated?
In Memphis? Purt near ALL of 'em...
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Regardless how you/we think, you can't argue their success. Being in the BBQ restaurant/catering business isn't about abiding to the KCBS rules. It's about making $$$. Just my $.02. Cheers!!!
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I know its Californeeya but whats a veggie burger doing on a BBQ menu anyway?

No doubt appealling to the masses is a different game, I rarely opt for going out for que, nothing worse then oversauced ribs and bland sides and all for 60 bucks(or more) to feed the family. Yet some of these places are thriving.
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There's a lot of information in Yelp, but I certainly don't take their ratings seriously. McDonald's and Wendy's are regularly rated the top restaurants when I pull up searches. I tend to find that the best restaurants aren't on lists.
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In Memphis? Purt near ALL of 'em...
I heard that Rendezvous and Interstate are over rated.

Many like Corky's but never been there.

Ever been to Cozy Corner?
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Regardless how you/we think, you can't argue their success. Being in the BBQ restaurant/catering business isn't about abiding to the KCBS rules. It's about making $$$. Just my $.02. Cheers!!!
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While making $ and staying in business is the point of a restaurant, I'm certain that for the most part yelp and other lists are manipulated by the Internet. Recent stories of restaurant blackmail using yelp, and restaurant owners pumping reviews, are examples of why there are huge discrepancies in ratings and actual experiences.

But just like a custom home builder judging a well built track home, would find a long list of deficiencies in it, even thought is is a perfectly fine home. Most of us here would find a long list of complaints in most BBQ restaurants.

I wonder how they would fare in some sort of blind judged affair ? Just order take out from them and bring them all to a panel of judges ?
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I will probably catch a lot of $hit saying this, but ever since Oklahoma Joe's went to three locations the quantity and quality has suffered. I got a Z-man a couple weeks ago and it was a tiny, bland sandwich. Kinda sad actually.
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I will probably catch a lot of $hit saying this, but ever since Oklahoma Joe's went to three locations the quantity and quality has suffered. I got a Z-man a couple weeks ago and it was a tiny, bland sandwich. Kinda sad actually.

I live in Oklahoma but ever time I visit KC I have to have a Z-man. My first one ever was at the original location maybe 5 years ago. It went straight to my favorite sandwich ever list. I have been to the other locations and they just don't seem the same any more.
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Dude you live In Chula Juana there is some fine Mexican grub to be had. I agree BBQ aahhhh.... not so much. I used to live on 25&L back in the days of my conscription, is Robertos still in business?? DAM they made a Killer Carne asada burrito.
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A lot of this is perception as regards over-rated. I go to a place, that I consider to be quite good. Many of their customers really hate the BBQ place that is about 1/4 mile away, I actually think that place is quite good as well. Is that other place over-rated, many folks think so, who consider themselves BBQ experts. I find both places are quite good. Of course, both are using smokers and using wood smoke.

There is a place up here that everyone considers to be the best, I used to agree, but, for the past 15 years, I have not gone there, they went down hill IMO. But, in every way, on every poll, this places is considered to be the best in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it just isn't. I really should go back, for all I know, the son is knocking it down now.
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Could be worst. The most popular BBQ in New York City is this monstrosity http://www.dallasbbq.com/
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I ate at Phil's in San Marcos
Baked then grilled meats
The tri tip was the best bet
Ribs ok
pork was dry
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Could be worst. The most popular BBQ in New York City is this monstrosity http://www.dallasbbq.com/
Soooooo true. Many years ago I had the unfortunate displeasure of having to eat there. One of the worst meals of my life but not as bad as the ribs I had on Beal Street several years ago.
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