Shawn Walchef

Taking up the challenge at Cali Comfort BBQ

Looking at it now, you may have to squint a little to envision the Spring Valley home that Bulgarian-farm-boy-cum-doctor Luben Walchef bought in 1972 and converted into a family restaurant about ten years later. The ...

Mercy Baron April 12, 2013 @ 11:55 a.m.

I can't stress enough that is by far, one of the best, if not THE BEST smoked BBQ meat places in San Diego. I'm a Kansas City Certified BBQ Judge and I flipped over the flavor and smokiness of their ribs, which are my absolute favorite. I would score them a 9 in competition for flavor and tenderness which is the highest score you can bestow on an entry.

My review from the Elite Yelp Team is even printed on their menu! I make the 40 mile round trip from Ocean Beach for these delectable yummies! Highly recommended.


Mercy Baron Nov. 21, 2013 @ 8:22 p.m.

You are correct about the word BBQ and what it means to us folks that are serious about our Q! It does mean smoked, but we know which restaus in SD get away with using that moniker anyway, don't we?

I'm a Kansas City Certified BBQ Judge #66003 (which gives you a bit of an idea how many of us there are and growing all the time) and I do love the smoky goodness of some tender meats and that beautiful smoke ring...even though we're not allowed to judge the smoke ring in competition. I love that I live literally right behind the BBQ House and I try to go at least once a week. Father and son owners, Abdoul, Melvin and Davin truly care about the food they are serving.

You mentioned their Sloppy Joe trimmings to be like burnt ends? I totally agree and have them take a bunch of that meat and pour it over some fresh and hot french version of BBQ Carnitas fries!

What took you so long about getting to the BBQ House though Ian? I reviewed it over a year ago for the OB Rag, lol. Check it out here.


Mercy Baron Nov. 23, 2013 @ 9:46 p.m.

Ian, you MUST try Cali Comfort next!! BBQ House and Cali Comfort are IMHO, the two BEST Que places in SD!!