Where’s the Beef? At Downtown’s BBQ Boss

BBQ Boss cartWho's the BBQ Boss?

BBQ Boss is a “virtual restaurant” hiding in plain sight. The company smokes pork, chicken and beef in a Barrio Logan kitchen. It then loads delicious sandwiches into an electric delivery cart that sets up shop in a downtown San Diego parking lot.

Yes, a parking lot. It’s an operation Cosmo Kramer would love. It’s a beef brisket sandwich Homer Simpson could daydream about. And it’s a meal that comes at a price Homer’s frugal boss would spring for: $6.

Who’s the BBQ Boss?

BBQ Boss beef brisket

BBQ Boss beef brisket.

BBQ Boss is open for business Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until they sell out. The cart pulls into the LAZ public parking lot at 1017 Front Street, behind the Sophia Hotel. Look for the portable table, covered with a gingham tablecloth, set up outside the LAZ parking lot fence.

The pulled pork, smoked chicken and chunky beef brisket sandwiches are served in six-inch pretzel buns. A combo meal is $8, and includes a choice of soft drinks or chips, and a side (baked beans, cole slaw, salad, or potato salad imbued with dill pickles). You can also order the BBQ-ed meats breadless.

BBQ Boss also operates two other carts that deliver during the afternoon and service businesses in the 92101 (downtown) and 92113 (Barrio Logan) ZIP Codes. To join the virtual lunch bunch order online at bbqbossusa.com, or call 619-432-2677.

Or if you’re a dedicated bicycler, just pedal up to the parking lot, stand there in line with your bike and place your order. It’s ready in seconds. And even though it has the appearance of a shoestring operation, yes, they take credit cards.

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