Sweet Baked Beans
While I usually like to save the best for last, I’m too lazy to change the order of the pictures at this time. So I’ll start with a big YUM-O! I think the baby back ribs are the crowd favorite, but damn, I was all for the beef ribs, which were so meaty, moist, fatty, tender. The most I could do was 1 1/2 ribs, but I think Personal Assistant threw down at least 2 if not 3. Antisocial Background Guy couldn’t muster up the strength to conquer as many ribs. What a disappointment. The baked beans were just meh.
Baby Back Ribs
The baby back ribs were quite the contrast from the beef ribs. These were smaller, drier, less juicy and fatty. Everyone seemed to really like them though. Flavor wise, it was spot on and didn’t need much sauce. I am glad we ordered the sauce on the side. I think Pink LuLu, Shorty Mak Daddy, and I consumed most of the sausage link. I cannot resist salty, cured, processed meats! The corn was a refreshing and necessary side order to balance out all the junk. Sweet and crunch, just the way nature intended.
Colossal is an apt descriptor for these mutant sized rings. We all know onion rings are really just batter around a sliver of something that once was a vegetable. The batter here is heavy, but still maintains a great crunch. It’s definitely a must get out of the sides. I think I could only eat 2 or 3 though.
I like my fries to have a more golden artificial crunch to them. These were just too naked and natural.
Not too memorable.
Take note of our tall blue victory cups. Runner ups went home with the short glasses. Mama Cracks-that-Whip, as captain of our team, went home with the victory sign. It’s probably already collecting dust on top of her pile of previously won signs. She don’t need tangible rewards. She just needs glory and bragging rights to maintain that victor’s ego.
Sorry to bore the foodies with the tennis digression. So Phil’s really hit the spot. Wait was short. Food was great. Company was bomb. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate our win. The sides were mostly just average but you have to eat something with your meat right? I sorta wished for some cornbread or biscuits, but maybe thats not the style BBQ at Phil’s? I don’t fully understand all the different styles of BBQ and what distinguishes Texas from Kansas from Louisianna style bbq. In the end, good bbq is good bbq and that’s what you’ll find here. Pilipina Pow, Mama Cracks-that-Whip, Shorty Mak Daddy, and Pink LuLu all got extra orders of ribs to take home to their men. Not only are they great tennis players, but they are such thoughtful ladies too! If you can wait in line for an hour, go for the beef ribs and get the sauce on the side!
7 – Good
4 – Not bad