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Brady’s Backyard BBQ is our go to place for BBQ.  They’re located on Main Street in Safety Harbor and we’ve never had a bad experience there.

They were busy tonight, but we were lucky enough to find a small table when we walked in. 

Loren ordered his usual, riblets with a side of collard greens and a “try” of baked beans.

The riblets have a lot of meat on them and they give you a bunch of them.  He always has a few left over to take home.  He likes to dip them in their mango BBQ sauce.

I ordered the BBQ pork sandwich with a side of corn bread pudding.

I love their corn bread pudding.  It has a wonderful flavor and texture to it.  Their pulled pork is very tasty too.  They pile it on the sandwiches.  I got a small sandwich and there was easily enough pork on it for two people.

We tried the apple pie for dessert.

It was ok, but didn’t taste homemade, more like something you’d buy in a grocery store. 

Two entrees, dessert and a drink ran us $29.  Brady’s smokes all their meats on site for 14-20 hours and you can definitely taste it.  Everything is fresh and flavorful.

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

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  • Had an unscheduled lunch with the boss today.  Conveniently, he chose a place near me this time.  One of our favorite lunch places (yes, we have a lot of favorite lunch places), Brady’s Backyard BBQ in Safety Harbor.

    I forgot to take pictures of the food, but I had my phone out while I was waiting for the boss, so you get an “atmosphere” shot.

    Brady’s has been around for 4-5 years, and used to be in a quaint old house on 3rd street across from the post office.  I liked that place, it had a homey feel to it.  But, I guess it wasn’t the greatest place to run a restaurant, and the parking wasn’t the best.  They moved a couple blocks to one of the strips along Main street a few months ago.

    I love me some pulled pork, and some ribs (their rib tips are AWESOME), but a few months ago I discovered their brisket sandwich, and that’s what I had today.  It’s pretty basic.  A bun with two huge chunks of super-tender and tasty brisket.  It’s gotta be a half-pound of meat, and it’s good stuff.

    The small sandwich comes with chips and a pickle.  What else do you need?  Well, you need collard greens!  Fortunately, their chip guy hadn’t shown up yet today, so we got to choose a side.  Did I mention that their collard greens are top notch?  Really, all of their sides are good.

    The kicker for me, however, is their mango barbecue sauce.  It is to die for!  Very unique flavor, just sweet enough, just tangy enough… MmmMmmMmm!

    The small sandwich basket is only like $7, you can’t go wrong.  So, yeah.  We like Brady’s.  Best BBQ in this area.  I like Hot Rod’s a little better, but I’d have to drive 20 miles to Lutz for that.  Within 5 miles, nobody else challenges them.

    Brady’s Backyard BBQ
    340 Main Street
    Safety Harbor, FL 34695
    727-712-3727

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  • Got home from work around 5:30pm and decided to see if I could get any decent photos of the full moon since it was supposed to be its biggest and brightest of the year tonight.  Unfortunately, it was cloudy over the horizon, so I wasn’t able to get any shots of the moon rising, but did manage a few decent ones once it got above the clouds.

    I got back home around 6:30pm and Loren had a hankering for steak, so we drove out to Longhorn Steakhouse in Palm Harbor.  The drive through the parking lot showed a large crowd of people waiting on tables and there weren’t any parking spots, so I suggested Outback instead.  I saw some empty parking spaces when we had passed it on the way to Longhorn.

    We parked at Outback only to go in and find there was a 50 minute wait.  By now, we were both fairly hungry and being the geeks that we are, Loren whipped out his cell phone and searched for steakhouses near our location.  The gps came up with Ozona Blue in Palm Harbor, so we headed out there.

    Unfortunately, though, the gps didn’t have the address correct, so we drove right by the restaurant and headed into Ozona.  We were at the Ozona Pig before we knew it.  We’d eaten there before and the food was good, so we pulled into the parking lot and our steak dinner turned into BBQ instead.

    The last time we were at The Ozona Pig, it was almost empty.  Not so tonight.  It was packed and noisy.  So noisy that we could barely hear each other from across the table.  Our waitress brought our drinks and then it took a while before she returned to take our order.  It was an omen of things to come, but we didn’t know it at the time.

    I ordered the pulled pork dinner with macaroni and cheese and potato salad for my sides. 

     Loren got the half rack of ribs, garlic mashed, and baked beans. Both dinners came with a deviled egg and we ordered a couple of extra too.

    The ribs and the pulled pork were really good.  They definitely know how to do BBQ.  We even had some leftovers.  The sides were a different story though.  The potato salad and the beans were ok.  The macaroni and cheese was dry, the deviled eggs were tough, and the garlic mashed could have warded off Dracula and all the vampires from Twilight and True Blood combined.

    All during dinner, we didn’t see our waitress.  In fact, for at least 45 minutes after we’d finished eating, we didn’t see hide nor hair of her or any other waitstaff for that matter.  I get that they were busy, but you can’t just ignore tables all night.

    Evenutally, she made her way over to us and said, “Ya’ll haven’t been feeling neglected back here, have you?”.  Ummm.. yeah. 

    Total bill was $28 and the BBQ was good, but the service was horrible.  Perhaps take-out would have been a better option.

    The Ozona Pig
    311 Orange St
    Ozona, FL
    727-773-0744

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  • We were on our way to Tampa to see “What the Butler Saw” at the Jobsite Theater and needed to eat somewhere we could get in and out of quickly on the way.

    I try to avoid chain restaurants as much as possible, but sometimes you just gotta do it.  I got the pulled pork with a sweet potato and mac & cheese and Shad got the baby back ribs with baked beans and a baked tater.

    Now would probably be a good place to divulge my obsession with macaroni and cheese.  I’m completely challenged when it comes to making homemade macaroni and cheese.  I’ve tried every recipe known to man and still can’t come up with one that I like.  It’s very frustrating because I love macaroni and cheese.  What’s not to love about macaroni covered in ooey, gooey cheese.  If it’s on the menu, I’m gonna order it.

    Which brings us back to Sonny’s.  Their mac & cheese is not “it”.  It tastes like Stouffers frozen mac & cheese to me.  Edible, but not the homemade goodness I crave. 

    For $37.42, we were able to keep our stomachs from grumbling during the play, which, by the way, was really funny.  It’s not often you go to a show where 4 out of the 6 cast members end up in their underwear.

    Sonny’s BBQ
    8106 W. Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-886-7178

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