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I’m going to tell you about a restaurant from my vacation. Many people will visit San Diego this summer whether it’s for the great beaches or to head to Del Mar to catch some great horse racing action. For the second year in a row I went and it likely will be an annual trip.

If you never have been to Del Mar and like horse racing you have to put it on your bucket list. Not only will you enjoy great horse racing but it’s literally right at the beach.

My only complaint was that whoever said the weather is always great in San Diego lied. It rained twice in the four racing days I was there. To cheer me up after a rain soaked day the wife and I went to dinner at a place called Brett’s BBQ located at 1505 Encinitas Blvd. in Encinitas. They have a second location at 10550 Craftsman Way No. 185 in San Diego.

My wife ordered the BBQ Beef Brisket and it was so tender she was able to pull it apart with just her fork. They slow cook their brisket for 12-14 hours. She got two sides with her meal – potato salad and corn bread. She said her potato salad was as good as her mom’s. Her corn bread was very moist and tasty.

I went with the slab of baby back ribs, which had a great smoky taste and a nice caramelized crunch on the outside. The meat was moist and tender.

For my two sides I went with mac ‘n’ cheese and the corn pudding, which was creamed corn mixed with corn bread in a casserole. This dish is amazing. I gave my wife a bite and had to move my dish to other side of table so she didn’t eat the rest of it. Yes, it was that good and when she reads my column I’m in trouble for putting that in.

One of the owners, Bruce, stopped at all the tables asking how everything was. I really love when I see an owner greeting his customers. We started talking and when he saw we weren’t going to be able to finish he asked if he could get us a to-go box. We were on vacation so no place for leftovers.

Bruce took us back to see the smokers, giving us the full tour right down to the pallets of hickory wood they use in the smokers. Once they run out of something they are done until the next day. They put a lot of the meats in the smoker overnight to be ready for the next day. It really was nice of him to spend the time he did with us.

There is nothing I didn’t like about Brett’s BBQ right down to the TV’s, which were split between baseball games and TVG showing the races.

Del Mar is just a 4.5 hour drive from Las Vegas so if you make the trip to the races hit Brett’s afterward. Trust me, you’ll be glad. The portions are huge and reasonably priced, the staff friendly and the food excellent. I give Brett’s BBQ 3.75 Forks.

Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. You can find Marco at and by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at [email protected].

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