Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ, a culinary haven celebrated for its flavors and stories, stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of Matt Shlemon and his wife, Athena. Rewinding to the 1980s, Matt’s journey began as a pre-med college student in Chicago. However, the city’s weather failed to align with his aspirations. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he and Athena turned their gaze towards the inviting shores of San Diego in the welcoming embrace of San Diego. In 1987, just weeks after their arrival, serendipity graced Matt’s path. A fateful lunch at Real Texas BBQ unveiled a culinary experience that resonated deeply within him. The food was not merely nourishment; it was a revelation. The restaurant, though not officially on the market, ignited a spark within Matt. Conversations with the proprietors ensued, and during that very lunch, an offer was penned onto a humble paper napkin. Notes upon notes accumulated, forming an impromptu contract, ultimately thrusting Matt into the realm of BBQ restaurant ownership. This union of fate and flavor set the stage for a journey that would intertwine the Shlemon family with the heart and soul of their restaurant, shaping it into what it is today.