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Phil's BBQ Seen at Old Roadhouse Grill Site

No, we didn't spot Phil himself, but a truck emblazoned with the restaurant's logo was parked at Trolley Square.

A truck belonging to Phil's BBQ Restaurant was spotted parked outside the former at Santee on Tuesday.

Does this mean that the popular San Diego-based establishment, which currently has locations in Point Loma and San Marcos, is coming soon to Santee?

Phil's BBQ declined to comment, but an employee did indicate that a major announcement could be made soon, and that a lot of locals spotted the truck and their phone lines were being "lit up."

Until then, Santeeans will have to make do with buying Phil's BBQ Sauce at .

Rumors that the restaurant was searching for a location in the Santee area have floated around town for months, and the Roadhouse Grill site was considered a possible location, but this was the first documented indication to verify those rumors.

Their website explains the Phil's BBQ style best:

"For the past thirteen years, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to restaurateur Phil Pace to satisfy a singular craving: mesquite grilled baby back and beef ribs, chicken and sandwiches."

You can find a Phil's BBQ menu in the media box.

Check back to Santee Patch for confirmation and updates about Phil's coming to town.

Marc Houston Perez February 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Yea! The wife and I love Phil's BBQ. We are going to need to start taking high blood pressure meds now. =p
Jeff Holz February 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Saw the truck today.
Joe G February 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Would love to see it! Since all the planets are aligning this year anyway this would be a perfect compliment to that! The problem I see is I think the location might be too small for Phil's. But hey there's room to expand the building! Keeping my BBQ fingers crossed!
Bill Howell February 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Bib is tucked in, wet naps standing by, toe tapping, wallet open and ready! Please, powers-that-be in BBQ land, grant unto us this one favor!
Elana Levens-Craig February 01, 2012 at 06:09 PM
They came to lunch at Mimi's Cafe around 1:30 and I couldn't resist, so I stopped by the table and asked. They confirmed that they are coming, but didn't give any other details.
Jay February 04, 2012 at 12:53 AM
C'MON DO IT!!!
Peg February 06, 2012 at 05:10 AM
OMG..we are celebrating already..hope it's not in vain...let it be true!!
Jer February 23, 2012 at 01:03 AM
"Public Notice of Application for Ownership Change" is posted on the window of Roadhouse. 2/14/2012 Applicant: "Phil's BBQ of Santee" Yaaaay!!! (I feel sorry for "Smokin' Joes" though... this can't be good news for him, can it?)
James Jones February 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Woohoo! Can't wait to stand in a block long line to get BBQ!!! I'll be at Smokin' Joe's, supporting an EXISTING local business.

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