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Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

204 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132-2504 (Downtown)
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Ranked #78 of 3,614 restaurants in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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62 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Small family run type resturant in central Miami, but nice welcome and good food Sweet potato fries as a starter followed by Pulled pork and Brisket and pork combo as mains with Coleslaw side, Soft drinks and a couple of beers Weather closed in (rain and Thunder / Lightning( as we were finnishing but happy to stay and talk with... More

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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Yummy! Very good Baby Back Ribs! Lot of BBQ sauce. You get your money's worth. The sides were good too but the best are the ribs. It's nice to have a BBQ place right in Miami and not have to drive for miles. We'll ne going back!

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Top Contributor
192 reviews 192 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

For a couple of years I disregarded this place because its location is not one when I would expect any decent restaurant. But I finally decided to give it a try and must say that the baby back ribs are pretty darn good, better than most known places like Shorty's and Sonny's. The ribs are prepared with quite a bit... More

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Vancouver, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Had birthday dinner here. GREAT service ,FOOD and location.quick stop on our way to turk islands.Not a fancy place or atmosphere but the food was worth it and we got right in.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Came in by myself after wandering the streets downtown looking for some food. What good fortune! Had the combo beef/pulled pork sandwich platter. Beautiful! Try all the sauces. Beer selection outstanding. Great atmosphere and the service, ... Well they made me feel right at home! Great place. Will be there again soon to further explore the menu. Can't go wrong... More

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Nottingham, UK
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

My husband and I walked here from the Hotel Beaux Arts a few streets over. It was still early, around 7, but dark. I did not feel safe. The restaurant was very quiet when we were there, with only a couple of customers. I think we must have been a little early. The decor was sort of earthy, but I... More

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Toronto, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

My wife and I had lunch here on our last trip to Miami. We got there just before noon and we are glad we did because this place fills up fast. We took this to be a good sign and we were not wrong! We started with the deep fried pickles - a favourite of ours! We would rate these... More

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Milford, Connecticut
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

This place is a home run. I was in Miami on business and stumbled upon this place while exploring one Friday night. The place was packed, yet somehow the incredibly friendly staff took care of me immediately. I ordered the brisket to go but after observing their surprisingly robust craft beer selection, decided to stay for a pint. After all... More

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Boca Raton FL
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82 reviews 82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Not too many places to get reasonably priced BBQ, right smack in downtown Miami...but this is it. Very personable service, not frou frou atmosphere, but considering the neighborhood, the type food, and the prices- this is great for what it is. Not easy to find parking nearby...but we called it in, parked nearby, walked in, got our order and left... More

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Preston, Connecticut
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We picked Sparky's as a place to get a quick lunch. They did not disappoint, had amazing food for a reasonable price. Pros -Food -Value -Good service Cons -Cleanliness, table was sticky.

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