Despite the fact that we both began a Weight Watchers regimen this past weekend, after spending an entire afternoon cleaning out two storage lockers, the Mrs. had a powerful hunger and gave in to the temptation to stop at Phillips BBQ. Phillips has been in Chino for about a year already, occupying the site of a previous 'Q joint in a non-descript mini mall, and despite my entreaties to try this place, the Mrs. had been resisting, a little taken aback because it was located in not the most upscale part of town.
The urge to consume real barbeque, from an outpost of a legendary pitmaster, who is also a Soul Brother, was too over powering for the Mrs., so she stopped and picked-up a couple of "dinners" for us to sample. The Mrs. opted for baby back ribs, which came with a side of beans, a side of cole slaw, and the requisite two slices of white bread. I sampled one of the ribs. They were very cleanly trimmed and cooked to a perfect consistency, not falling off the bone mush, they were toothsome, sticking to the bone but tender.
I had the sliced tri-tip plate which came with the same sides. The meat was smokey, tender, and moist. The sauce that came with the ribs and meat was sublime, not sweet, not too thick or two watery, not too spicy but with a nice residual burn in your throat. I could eat a lot more of this meat and sauce, and am looking forward to trying some St. Louis style ribs.
The beans tasted like they came out of a Heinz can, but they complimented the meat. The cole slaw was terrible in my opinion and I only ate one fork full, while the Mrs. polished it off, and we split a slice of sock-it-to-me cake, which was satisfying.
Total cost was about $30.
This meal totally blew our Weight Watchers points, I am now in the hole points wise, and still have two more days to account for this week, now what, broccoli for the next two days?
We will return to Phillips for more barbequed meat fixes in the future.