Marie Callender’s (San Diego)


Everyone knows the name.  Marie Callender’s.  Famous pies and great chicken pot pie, right?  But have you tried their bbq?  Before you completely dismiss the notion, read on and then judge for yourself.



They brought back their Backyard BBQ offerings and it only lasts until September 26 so you better get there before it’s too late.  I honestly never have thought to try bbq here before so I was interested to see what was going to come out on the plate.  All of the bbq choices come with a slice of pie.  How can you turn down a slice of pie?


We started off with some warm soft cornbread.  Good thing they only gave us a little bit or we’d be full before the main course.


I ordered the Build-Your-Own BBQ Platter.  I wanted to get the tri tip and couldn’t decide between the chicken and the ribs so our waitress gave us her favorite and went with the ribs.  They have many choices for sides but the mashed potatoes and mac and cheese seemed like the right fit.  Let’s start off with the ribs.  Now I don’t know what the chicken tastes like, but I am happy I listened to our waitress.  The ribs were fall off the bone tender and were quite nice.  I wasn’t expecting it to be that moist.  It’s always a plus if you don’t have to use 10 napkins in a meal.  The tri tip was more like a strip steak.  It was not as moist as the ribs, but still not bad with a generous amount to boot.  The mac and cheese could be served on its own.  All the elements you want in a good mac and cheese: creaminess, cheese to the max, and bacon.  Not bad for $15.99.


Anh ordered the BBQ Turkey Sliders.  This certainly was on the lighter side and better fitting for Anh’s taste.  The coleslaw and turkey seemed to be in balance with just the right amount of bbq sauce.  They’re served with fries as well.




I think you all know the pies or should by now!  We got the French Apple and Double Cream Lemon.  I didn’t remember the French Apple being so sweet but it supercharged our mouths after the bbq filled entrees. The Double Cream Lemon was as tangy, tart, and smooth as I remember.  We may or may not have walked out the door with an entire regular apple pie…

So if you are in the mood for bbq and pie, head over before it is too late!  If you don’t want something so heavy they have an all you can eat soup and salad bar for $8.99 as well.  Thanks to Kaitlin over at Murphy O’Brien for helping reintroduce us to an old American favorite! 

Marie Callender’s
6950 Alvarado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92120

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About Darren

Fooood! I love it if you can't tell already. I love everything about it. The taste, the smell, the look, the feel, the satisfaction, the gratification, and ultimately: the fun! I've been in San Diego for about 10 years now and it amazes me that there are still places to uncover. Traveling, eating, and taking pictures of food has always been a hobby of mine. So naturally Michael and I thought it made sense to share what we found with all of you. I tend to side with the savory but never shy away from a knock out dessert. If you have a place you think we haven't tried let us know! We're always on the lookout...

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