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Burnside recently revamped its menu with hits from barbecue champ Todd Johnson.
Burnside recently revamped its menu with hits from barbecue champ Todd Johnson.

Find a Bomb Pulled Pork Sandwich at These Atypical Places

Here are top spots--some unlikely--where you can find pulled pork goodness

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Burnside recently revamped its menu with hits from barbecue champ Todd Johnson.

The pulled pork sandwich is an all-American barbecue classic, so it's no surprise that many San Diego restaurants — from fast-casual to fine dining — put some version of pulled pork between two buns on their menu. Here are some of our favorites around town, from an Asian-inspired take at Twist to one topped with mac-n-cheese at Cali Comfort BBQ.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dirty Bird's

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4656 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 274-2473
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San Diegans flock to this beachside haven for its wings, ranked among the 10 best in America by Yahoo Sports. But also popular on the menu is its IPA BBQ pulled pork sliders, which come doused in one of the 33 house wing sauces.

2. Twist

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2041 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 260-1813
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These American sandwiches with a twist don't disappoint. Its Asian Swine pulled pork option is loaded with smoked gouda, fried shallots, hoisin syrup, tomatoes, cilantro and spicy aioli.

3. Carnitas' Snack Shack -Del Mar

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12873 El Camino Real Ste M4
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 350-7675
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These rapidly expanding meat kings of San Diego, which just opened an Embarcadero locale, don't stop at just piling pulled pork on a sandwich. Its Triple Threat Pork Sandwich is also stacked with pork loin schnitzel, bacon, pepperoncini relish and shack aioli.

4. Nate's Garden Grill

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3120 Euclid Ave
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 284-0206
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Go for a healthy spin on the classic at this eatery, appropriately located in the same lot as City Farmers Nursery. Their pulled pork comes smoked and topped with vegan organic kale slaw on a pretzel bun.

5. Legacy Brewing Tap and Kitchen

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7060 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA 92121
A pulled pork pairing with a homemade beer is what dreams are made of. Their consistent pulled pork belly sandwich has serrano jelly, brie and arugula, and taps are constantly rotating.

6. Salt & Cleaver

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3805 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 756-6677
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Leave it to this Hillcrest meat mecca, versed in the ancient art of sausage making, to deliver a killer pulled pork sandwich. It's served up in a burrito for brunch with caramelized onions, pico de gallo and sweet peppers.

7. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

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2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 269-2100
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Stop by this brewpub for the Stone Pale Ale 2.0-braised wild boar and pork sandwich, served on a warm Kaiser roll with lime aioli, cilantro slaw and pickled jalapeños and accompanied by a wild baby arugula salad tossed in lemon thyme vinaigrette. Best paired with a cold Stone Smoked Porter.

8. Big Front Door

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4135 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 255-4100
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San Diego's savory deli serves up a hot hoisin-ginger pulled pork sandwich, stuffed with carrot, cabbage, cilantro, scallion and hoisin-ginger sauce on a torpedo.

9. Phil's BBQ

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579 Grand Ave
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 759-1400
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Since swinging open doors in 1998, Phil's has served over one million gallons of Phil’s signature BBQ sauce at its four locations (that's enough to fill Shamu's tank). They's known for their signature BBQ Broham sandwich but the pulled pork possibilities are endless, as you have the ability to add it to any meal.

10. Cali Comfort BBQ

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8910 Troy St
Spring Valley, CA 91977
(619) 337-0670
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Chris Ello's pulled pork sandwich, named after the eatery's favorite local sports radio host, was recently named a Top 5 Sandwich in San Diego by the Union Tribune. BBQ fans also love The County Fair, with slow smoked pulled pork, mac-n-cheese and melted cheddar cheese on grilled sourdough.

11. Hanna's Gourmet

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2864 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 280-5600
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This longtime local caterer did locals a favor by opening doors five days a week for on-site dining. One of her hits is a simple but effective pork BBQ sandwich with a cole slaw side.

12. Burnside

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3375 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 501-7715
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This Normal Heights hot spot gives the classic an edge, slathering award-winning slow smoked pork shoulder with its famous zesty honey-pineapple BBQ sauce then topping it off with cole slaw.

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1. Dirty Bird's

4656 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
San Diegans flock to this beachside haven for its wings, ranked among the 10 best in America by Yahoo Sports. But also popular on the menu is its IPA BBQ pulled pork sliders, which come doused in one of the 33 house wing sauces.
4656 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

2. Twist

2041 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
These American sandwiches with a twist don't disappoint. Its Asian Swine pulled pork option is loaded with smoked gouda, fried shallots, hoisin syrup, tomatoes, cilantro and spicy aioli.
2041 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

3. Carnitas' Snack Shack -Del Mar

12873 El Camino Real Ste M4, San Diego, CA 92130
These rapidly expanding meat kings of San Diego, which just opened an Embarcadero locale, don't stop at just piling pulled pork on a sandwich. Its Triple Threat Pork Sandwich is also stacked with pork loin schnitzel, bacon, pepperoncini relish and shack aioli.
12873 El Camino Real Ste M4
San Diego, CA 92130

4. Nate's Garden Grill

3120 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
Go for a healthy spin on the classic at this eatery, appropriately located in the same lot as City Farmers Nursery. Their pulled pork comes smoked and topped with vegan organic kale slaw on a pretzel bun.
3120 Euclid Ave
San Diego, CA 92105

5. Legacy Brewing Tap and Kitchen

7060 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92121
A pulled pork pairing with a homemade beer is what dreams are made of. Their consistent pulled pork belly sandwich has serrano jelly, brie and arugula, and taps are constantly rotating.
7060 Miramar Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

6. Salt & Cleaver

3805 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Leave it to this Hillcrest meat mecca, versed in the ancient art of sausage making, to deliver a killer pulled pork sandwich. It's served up in a burrito for brunch with caramelized onions, pico de gallo and sweet peppers.
3805 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

7. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Liberty Station

2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, San Diego, CA 92106
Stop by this brewpub for the Stone Pale Ale 2.0-braised wild boar and pork sandwich, served on a warm Kaiser roll with lime aioli, cilantro slaw and pickled jalapeños and accompanied by a wild baby arugula salad tossed in lemon thyme vinaigrette. Best paired with a cold Stone Smoked Porter.
2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116
San Diego, CA 92106

8. Big Front Door

4135 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
San Diego's savory deli serves up a hot hoisin-ginger pulled pork sandwich, stuffed with carrot, cabbage, cilantro, scallion and hoisin-ginger sauce on a torpedo.
4135 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103

9. Phil's BBQ

579 Grand Ave, San Marcos, CA 92078
Since swinging open doors in 1998, Phil's has served over one million gallons of Phil’s signature BBQ sauce at its four locations (that's enough to fill Shamu's tank). They's known for their signature BBQ Broham sandwich but the pulled pork possibilities are endless, as you have the ability to add it to any meal.
579 Grand Ave
San Marcos, CA 92078

10. Cali Comfort BBQ

8910 Troy St, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Chris Ello's pulled pork sandwich, named after the eatery's favorite local sports radio host, was recently named a Top 5 Sandwich in San Diego by the Union Tribune. BBQ fans also love The County Fair, with slow smoked pulled pork, mac-n-cheese and melted cheddar cheese on grilled sourdough.
8910 Troy St
Spring Valley, CA 91977

11. Hanna's Gourmet

2864 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
This longtime local caterer did locals a favor by opening doors five days a week for on-site dining. One of her hits is a simple but effective pork BBQ sandwich with a cole slaw side.
2864 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

12. Burnside

3375 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
This Normal Heights hot spot gives the classic an edge, slathering award-winning slow smoked pork shoulder with its famous zesty honey-pineapple BBQ sauce then topping it off with cole slaw.
3375 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

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