Tried Phil's for dinner on Monday night and was pleased with their ribs and beef brisket. The ribs didn't require additional sauce because they were so tasty, and the brisket was only moderately smoky but tender. The cachapas (corn pancake filled with cheese) was excellent. The delicious BBQ beans were fantastic - filled with moist chunks of pork.
Sadly, the pulled pork was tender but lacked the requisite smoky flavour! Chicken was more flavourful but dry (nobody should be slow-smoking chicken). Hush puppies were bland and disappointing, served with a tasty dip. The coleslaw was brown-tinged and so awful that nobody ate theirs. Fries were standard (why can't anyone make fresh-cut fries anymore?) BBQ sauces on the table were inconsistent - one red bottle of hot was significantly hotter than another red bottle of hot sauce brought earlier to the other part of our large group. At least the hot sauce livened up the beef brisket, which could have been smokier.
I've eaten BBQ in Tennessee, and although it's obvious that Phil has a passion for it, his smoker (especially the choice of wood) is not up to par. Still, I would return for the ribs and brisket. I'm also looking forward to checking out the BBQ places in Paris and near Buffalo.