I very much enjoy ribs but for some reason don't hunt for it like other foods. I guess I always assume good ribs are easy to find but apparently not!
Anyways tried Phil's BBQ for the first time on takeout tonight. Had the combo (which had beef brisket, chicken leg, and ribs) and also the pulled pork sandwich.
The combo ($23) consists of a quarter chicken with leg, a good serving of brisket, and two nice long ribs along with sides of baked beans and coleslaw. My god was it large. I didn't try the chicken but the everything else was quite good. The coleslaw had a nice tang but wasn't spectacular but the baked beans were quite yummy - still keeping their shape but wonderfully soft was a sauce that was sweet but not sugary. The beef brisket everyone thought was disappointing; it was just very unremarkable with a slightly rough texture that didn't carry much beef flavor. The ribs however were very good - with meat that comes off easily but still has wonderful texture and has a nice smoky flavor. They were dry but ample BBQ sauce that was very good was offered. The ribs were of very high quality but I'm still split on these or the ones at Banknote (King and Bathurst) that are covered in sauce, moist, and also wonderful.
The pulled pork sandwich ($7) I compare with the one from Dangerous Dan's and this did not compare. The bun was a nice kaiser but the pork was try and didn't carry much of any flavor at all. There wasn't much sauce or anything else in the sandwich to carry the ingredients and it ended up being dry and bland but very 'heavy'. Dangerous Dan's has cheese and also the pork is tender and has BBQ sauce that's all cooked in a wonderful gooey mess. I chose a side of potato salad that was probably the most surprisingly good item of the bunch. Large chunks of potato with skin with carrots and other things mixed in a very nice and light creamy dressing that didn't overwelm or 'drench' the salad.
Full menu is http://www.philsoriginalbbq.com/
Overall a good experience with the ribs and potato salad coming out to me as being things to order when I actually go there to dine.
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