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Hot and Saucy


We drove over to Tampa tonight for some BBQ at Alex’s Southern Style BBQ.  Let me preface this review by saying that it was a very hot August evening and there was a definite lack of air conditioning in the restaurant.  Couple that with the overwhelming BBQ smokiness in the air and you end up with an overall uncomfortableness that definitely had an effect on how we felt about the food.  After a while, the air felt so thick and pungent that my eyes started to water.

Our initial reaction when we walked in the door was that the BBQ smokiness in the air was a good sign; that the food was going to have that deep rich smoked flavor to it.  We wanted to try a little bit of everything, so we got two of the two meat meals, one with chicken and pork, the other with beef and ribs.

Unfortunately, there was so much BBQ sauce on everything that we couldn’t really taste the meat.  It was a sweet and tangy sauce and a little went a long way.  The meats were all tender, but neither of us could make a good judgement on the flavor.  What’s funny is that so many of the other reviews we’d read said that they usually didn’t put a lot of sauce on the plate.  As for the sides, the onion rings and okra were both crispy and tasty, the cole slaw was good, but Loren didn’t like his greens.  He said it had a flavor that just wasn’t what he expected.

Total bill was $22 and the smell of BBQ smoke lingered on our clothes for hours.  I began to understand why people were coming in and getting take out instead of eating in the restaurant.

Alex’s Southern Style BBQ
5362 W Village Drive
Tampa, FL
813-269-0050

Alex's Southern Style Bar-B-Q on Urbanspoon

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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  • Tough Pork


    Met some friends at the Dunedin Smokehouse for dinner tonight.  The restaurant moved into downtown Dunedin, right on Main Street next door to the Living Room. 

    The last time I ate here, I wasn’t impressed with the food and unfortunately, this time didn’t change my opinion.  I got the pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries.

    The fries were good, but a good portion of the pork on the sandwich was inedible.  It was very hard and dry.  I prefer a more tender and juicy pulled pork like what Eli’s BBQ serves down the street. 

    They had live music tonight and the band was good, but the space really wasn’t big enough for them.  It was so loud in there.  Total bill was $7.50. 

    Dunedin Smokehouse
    680 Main St
    Dunedin, FL
    727-736-5202

    The Dunedin Smokehouse (Coming in October) on Urbanspoon

    Food2/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    2.8/5
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  • Always a Line


    We’ve been wanting to try Eli’s BBQ in Dunedin for quite a while, but every time we think about it, they’re closed.  They’re only open from 11am to 6pm on Friday & Saturdays, but we were determined to make it over there today.  It’s a small little shack with some picnic tables out back, but they make some mighty fine BBQ.

    We got there around 12:30pm and the entire time we were there, the line never got less than 5 deep.  People have learned to get there early before they run out of BBQ goodness.  We settled on some ribs and pulled pork and grabbed ourselves a bench out back.

    The ribs were very tender and the bbq sauces were both very good.  I really enjoyed the pulled pork.  It was so juicy and tender and there was a lot on the sandwich.  They only have 2 sides available, baked beans and cole slaw, and I enjoyed them both.   With 2 drinks, the total was $16.  Definitely a place we’ll eat at again.

    Eli’s Bar-B-Que
    360 Skinner Blvd
    Dunedin, FL
    (727) 738-4856

    Eli's Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    3.7/5
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  • We were headed down to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St Petersburg today and ate lunch at Munch’s Sundries.  Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives filmed there earlier this year and based on our experience, I think it was a good pick. 

    It’s got that diner feel to it.  Been around since the 1950’s and the photos on the walls bring you back to an era long gone.  We started off with some onion straws.

    It was a big ol’ basket of lightly battered, very yummy onion rings.  This is one of those addictive appetizers.  Loren even found a few bonus items in the basket, some okra and a piece of fried chicken.  The waitress said sometimes you may even end up with a fried shrimp in there.  For lunch, Loren got a cheeseburger with fries.

    He said the burger was good, but that the bun had a bit too much mustard and relish on it for this taste.  He ended up having to help me eat my lunch, the BBQ rib sandwich.

    Ok, I’m not really sure why they called it a sandwich, maybe because there were two pieces of bread on the plate?  It was just three of the tastiest BBQ ribs I’ve had in a long time.  They were so tender and had lots of flavor.  I didn’t even bother with the BBQ sauce.  I would definitely come back for more BBQ.  Loren’s even thinking about using them to cater BBQ for one of their autocross events.

    And when there’s homemade apple pie on the menu, I find it very hard to resist.

    Lots of apples and cinnamon on a tasty crust.  And the best part was that the whole meal with a drink was $21.  Next time we’re in south St Pete, we’re definitely stopping here again.

    Munch’s Sundries
    3920 6th St S
    St Petersburg, FL
    (727) 896-5972

    Munch's Sundries on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    4.0/5

    Downtown BBQ


    We couldn’t decide where to eat dinner tonight, but finally settled on BBQ.  Brady’s is close in downtown Safety Harbor.  They weren’t very busy tonight and luckily this time, they had everything on the menu.

    I’ve been wanting brisket since the last time we were here.

    I have to say, I was a little disappointed at the quantity on the plate.  Granted, it was plenty for me and the three pieces were pretty thick, but it just didn’t seem like a lot for the money.  It also wasn’t as good as the last time I had brisket here.  I admit, I like a very tender, somewhat fatty, juicy brisket.  These pieces were fairly lean and a little dry.  Loren liked it more than I did.  He got the riblets.

    He must have been hungry because he ate all of them.  Usually, he has a few leftover, but there was nothing left on his plate tonight.  All of the sides were pretty good too.  I really like the cornbread pudding and potato salad, Loren likes the greens.  Total bill was $32.

    Brady’s Backyard BBQ
    340 Main Street
    Safety Harbor, FL
    727-712-3727

    Brady's Backyard Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value2/5
    2.9/5
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