3116 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639
Looking for the best in traditional barbecue? If so, Hungry Harry’s is your place. This family-friendly restaurant was founded nearly 30 years ago, and there’s a reason why it’s still flourishing. Where else can you find six different types of homemade barbecue sauce? All-you-can-eat specials make Hungry Harry’s the perfect solution for those with big appetites. Proportionally sized for the extremely hungry doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. Whether you prefer ribs, chicken, beef or pulled pork, Harry’s does justice to each of the pillars in its barbecue repertoire. Harry’s also offers its famous Bar-B-Que Catering on the go for parties.
1800 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33765
What’s better than barbecue and tropical daiquiris? You’ll find this winning combination at Rumba Island Grill, which adds a Caribbean flavor to traditional barbecue fare. This restaurant’s unique takes on island classics, including shrimp chowder, conch fritters, crab mac ‘n cheese, “Rasta Pasta,” barbecue salmon and pulled pork with a side of Jamaican-style greens and coconut rice. A large patio makes this an ideal spot for any Sunday brunch as well. Putting the cherry on top, the attentive staff ensures rapid service with a consistent smile on.
3501 N. Armenia Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607
Many claim Holy Hog among the best places in Tampa to get your barbecue fix. In addition to classic meat dishes, the sides are outstanding, including fried okra, mac ‘n cheese, brunswick stew, loaded potato salad and grilled corn. Holy Hog masters the importance of a smokey flavor and a wide selection of delicious sauces for the ideal barbecue taste. The servings are generous and the prices affordable, making it an ideal lunch or dinner spot for BBQ fans on a budget.
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1407 W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Plant City, FL 33563
Friends and neighbors of the eastern part of Hillsborough County, we’ve got the barbecue spot for you. Grandpa Johnson’s has you covered for the best barbecue in this part of town. Some highlights of the menu include the pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs, apple coleslaw and beef brisket. The latter goes especially well with a sauce normally used for ribs, available at special request. In terms of desserts, you can’t go wrong with the homemade ice cream, cookies or cakes. Generous portions mean that it’s hard to find a better deal for such an accessible price.
360 Skinner Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
At Eli’s Bar-B-Que, the sandwiches are what really shine. Between the barbecue pork and barbecue chicken sandwiches, you will find a quality bun, delicious sauces and the perfect amount of smokey flavor to complement your meat. The ribs are amongst the most tender in the region. On the side, the baked beans and coleslaw won’t disappoint either. However, with every great place comes a few disadvantages, so beware of the restaurant’s regimented schedule, because Eli’s is only open on Fridays and Saturdays. And when Eli’s is open, it can be quite busy, so if you want to avoid the rush, try to stop by in the afternoon or early evening.
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