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PHIL`S BBQ REALLY DISAPPOINTING

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As a lover of BBQ
I TOOK A COUPLE OF FRIENDS TO
PHIL`S ON Saturday NIGHT .
I REALIZE NOW WHY THERE WERE ON LY 6 PEOPLE IN THE RESTAURANT
THE SERVICE WAS VERY COOL AND MATTER OF A FACT - THE AMBIANCE WAS NON EXISTENT ,BUT THE BIGGEST DISSAPOINTMENT WAS THE FOOD.
WE ORDERED A COUPLE OF BEERS AS WE SAT DOWN , AND THE WAITRESS THREW DOWN 4 THIN SLICES OF BREAD . WE ASKED FOR MORE BREAD BUT IT NEVER CAME.
WE ORDERED RIBS - VERY DRY , COLD AND VERY MEDIOCRE , 1/2 CHICKEN PLATTER - NICE SMOKE TASTE BUT DRY AND LUKE WARM , BRISKET SANDWICH - THE BEST OUT OF ALL FOUR DISHES , BRISKET PLATTER WHICH TOTALLY BLEW US ALL AWAY WHEN THE WAITRESS BROUGHT IT TO THE TABLE - 4 THIN SLICES OF BRISKET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE WITH A RAMEQUIN OF TASTELESS ICE COLD ALMOST FROZEN POTATOE SALAD AND A SMALL RAMEQUIN OF COLESLAW ($14.99 ??) WE ASKED TO SPEAK TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER BUT NOBODY CAME TO THE TABLE ..- I EVENTUALLY HAD A WORD WITH PHILS WIFE WHO HAD A VERY BAD ATTITUDE

THIS PLACE IS DEFFINATELLY NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR BBQ IN TORONTO . I WILL N EVER GO BACK OR REFER ANYONE THERE

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  1. Phil lost his passion a few years back. Sad, really.

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    1. re: embee

      Probably explains why it's gotten worse and worse over the last few years. Every time I go back it was worse than the previous. The last visit about 2 years ago was to be my last.

      It's just furthering my belief that RM is a curse.

      DT

    2. I've never been a fan of Phil's, either. Quality is really poor...there are much better places for southern bbq!

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      1. re: blindbunny

        Please, please tell us where!
        By the way, I also think Phil's was bad (Davwud's comment) - but haven't been for 2 years - hard to believe it was possible to go downhill from where it was then.

      2. What a waste of 'restaurant makeover' money and effort'!!

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          1. Whenever I go there I only get the pulled pork sandwich/beef brisket sandwich. I prefer Cluck's ribs to Phil's.... am excited to try the Southern Smokehouse in Vaughan however since I live downtown Toronto I only wish there was a way better Southern BBQ place near me!!

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            1. re: Muffin__Top

              im hoping highway 61 on the bayview strip will be our salvation!
              not quite downtown but closer than anything else

                1. re: Davwud

                  Can't believe you missed this discussion, being the BBQ hound that you are!

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/588747

                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    I've read other stuff on CG&L wasn't really all that interested in reading about it again. I guess I should've payed more attention since I work in the area.

                    DT

                2. re: Muffin__Top

                  Southern Smokehouse is indeed better. I'm not sure it's worth a 'special' visit - but is as good as anything else I've tried in Toronto - not exactly a resounding recommendation. Their ribs were 'acceptable' but the beans were awful. The pulled pork was underspiced (for my taste) - but still acceptable.
                  I wouldn't rush back, but there isn't anything better that I've found in GTA.

                  1. re: Muffin__Top

                    It really doesn't get much worse than Cluck Grunt & Low.

                    BTW: I looked at Highway 61 and their prices are ridiculous. Almost $10 for a sandwich with no sides.

                    1. re: evansl

                      That's not true, evans1. The menu states that all sandwiches at Hwy 61 are served with one side: http://www.highway61.ca/ .

                      1. re: evansl

                        I'm with you on that... The prices alone there make me sick