About The Pioneer

BBQ • Burgers • Brews

The Pioneer is a partnership between Willie DePasquale (Moceri Produce) and longtime friend Chef Hanis Cavin, founder/chef of Carnitas’ Snack Shack. Ivan Munoz (The Deck at Moonshine Flats) is consulting in the kitchen. The menu includes smoked meat combos, brisket-topped burgers, whiskey-glazed meatloaf sandwiches, and a twist on several barbecue classics.

Chef Hanis is known for his penchant for pork, with a tattoo of a whole hog on his arm. A large-scale replica decorates the front of the building, which was designed by Philippe Beltran (BO-beau kitchen + caché, Draft Republic, Tacos Libertad) in a rustic style that includes vintage tools from the Pioneer era.

Our circular bar has 14 taps of beer and boasts an extensive beverage program with a broad range of cocktails, from frosé to “Pale Face”, a mix of fat-washed bourbon, Old Overholt Rye, amaro, grape nectar, and cracked black pepper.

Come watch your favorite sporting event on one of our 15+ flat screen TVs while some of Willie’s favorite Blues tunes play in the background.

Willie, Hanis and the entire Pioneer Team are excited to be in East County, San Diego and are proud to bring this warm and friendly eatery to the neighborhood serving some of the best barbecue in Southern California.

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Lunch: Daily 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Daily 2:30 pm - close


8622 Lake Murray Blvd

San Diego, CA 92119