Cali Comfort BBQ (San Diego, CA)

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BBQ combo; tritip, 1/2 rack pork ribs, cornbread, beans, and fries. ($20.99)

Since Phil’s BBQ is already so well reviewed I decided to hit up Cali Comfort BBQ for some ribs and fights. UFC 190 was going down and I felt like having some USA chants while destroying some ribs with my bare hands like a savage. They charge a $5 cover for the fights and the crowd seems a bit more sketchy than I’m used to but I had no problems.

Parking was insane because of UFC 190, but the staff got us a spot in no time. The tritip was beautiful.  Smokey, juicy, delicious, and tender.  Everything a smoked tritip should be.  The ribs, however, were a bit disappointing. It fell off the bone nicely and was not dry, but the BBQ sauce was lacking and the flavor didn’t amaze.  For the value, you get a lot of food and a good atmosphere to enjoy with friends.  Although, it’s not the best BBQ in the city.  3.5/5

8910 Troy St
San Diego, CA 91977
(619) 337-0670

4stars1

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Tita’s Kitchenette (San Diego, CA)

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BBQ chicken, pancit, and rice combo. ($7.50)

Talk about bang for your buck.  On a recent trip to San Diego, a buddy of mine recommended Tita’s for some legit Filipino food.  Upon arriving, it seems like your typical turo-turo style restaurant, nothing fancy or visually stimulating. However, it became the game changer once I took my first bite.  The BBQ chicken and pork here is absolutely phenomenal.  It’s lathered in the delicious marinate, skewered, grilled, and charred to perfection. Easily some of the best BBQ you can get around. I’ll be daydreaming about these BBQ sticks when I’m back home in LA. Their pork adobo was also an absolute winner. The perfect tenderness of the pork and the ubiquitous adobo sauce slathered over white rice is something special.  Amazing flavors for even the uninitiated.

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Pork adobo combo ($6.50)

For $7.50 you get a 2 item combo, and at most places that’s usually enough for myself.  At Tita’s, a 2 item combo is enough for 2 people and you’ll have left overs. In other words, they hook it up FAT.  I ended up coming back here the next day for food for the trip back. They also cater for big parties and even do the whole roast pig.  Definitely check out Tita’s for some cheap delicious food that will hit you right in the dick.  And no, they aren’t family of some kind. wpid-wp-1438536303346.jpg

2720 E Plaza Blvd
National City, CA 91950
(619) 434-3879

4stars1

Underbelly (San Diego, CA)

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Underbelly ramen

While in desperate search for ramen in San Diego, I discovered this place via Yelp.
The decor and interior is nothing like any ramen place I’ve been to before.  Its very open, modern, and stylish.  I ordered the Underbelly ramen which came with egg, chasu, bacon, and sausage?

While the noodles were a bit overcooked for my taste, the broth was legit.  A bit salty, but legit.
The meat is where I got confused.  Bacon? and Sausage?  In my opinion, it doesn’t mix well with the broth and ramen.  The sausage literally tasted like a hot dog, out of the 3 people in my group that got the Underbelly ramen, none of us actually finished or enjoyed the sausage/bacon.
Since Yamadaya and Santouka are in San Diego as well, I’d recommend people visit those locations for a more legit ramen experience.

750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-4626

3-star