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Grandpa Johnson's Barbecue

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1401 W Dr Martin Luther Kng Jr, Plant City, FL 33563-5027
(813) 759-0009
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best BBQ around

If you have a hankerin' for good old fashioned BBQ, but you don't want to worry about a buffet, leave Fred's Market and go next door to Johnson's BBQ. The smoke-scented air outside as you're doing so tells you all you need to know about what goes on in the kitchen. There is something for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Daniel G
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Plant City, Florida
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Plant City, Florida
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have a hankerin' for good old fashioned BBQ, but you don't want to worry about a buffet, leave Fred's Market and go next door to Johnson's BBQ. The smoke-scented air outside as you're doing so tells you all you need to know about what goes on in the kitchen. There is something for everyone, so if you're in... More 

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Thank Daniel G
Shanghai, China
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68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in town and multiple locals recommended Grandpa Johnson's...glad we followed their advice! The stuffed baked potato was awesome...we also had the sliced brisket and summer squash appetizer...good wholesome food choice. FULL of locals at 2pm on a Thursday afternoon!

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Thank Quiltstitcher
Valrico, Florida
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Asked around for a good BBQ place and a friend suggested Grandpa Johnson's in Plant City. Definitely worth a visit if you like BBQ. Food was fantastic and there was plenty of variety. Servings were good sized. We have been back several times and have always enjoyed it!

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Thank frankieonthego
Florida
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Have been here before and the food was good and so was the service. This time, not so much. Had a wait to be seated. Ok, Saturday night, that's par for the course, no problem. Until we noticed a table that sat unbused for 20 minutes, while there was a waiting crowd. Someone finally decided to clean the table and... More 

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1 Thank mortravel
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Visited here a few times and it is always a great eating experience! Have tried a few different items and never disappointed. I look forward to bringing guests here. Great service, always friendly, fast and accommodating. Very reasonable prices

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Thank Funloving22222
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80 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

I love a good BBQ,and Johnson's did not disappoint. I had their signature slab of ribs. My colleague had the pork sandwich-both were excellent. If you find yourself in Plant City (or even passing by on I-4)- you would do well by stopping in.

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Thank Peri A
Plant City, Florida
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

If you like good home cookin' and some hometown bbq, stop in at this Lil gem and get you some! Plenty of choices that will leave a smile on your face!

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Thank Krysta J
DADE CITY, FL
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Having been there two other times, I thought I would try it again on Saturday afternoon. There was two of us, so we able to walk right in and get a table. I ordered sweet tea, which is always good. My past two visits, I ordered the chopped brisket, which was very good. I decided to order the chopped brisket... More 

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1 Thank COUNTRYFOLK1
Peterborough, Canada
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A GEM IN the industrial area of Plant City east of the famous strawberry festival. If you don't like odour of smoked the don't go. We had a great lunch of smoked brisket tacos for me and catfish for her. for under $20.00 +tip. It is licensed but we chose water in anticipation of our next stop, a craft brew... More 

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Thank Hamish R
Wyandotte
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Wonderful food. Had the pork sandwich and it was tender and very flavorful. Someone in our party had the loaded baked potato with beef brisket and said it was the best they had had. The place was busy in a good way. Would highly recommend this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 W Dr Martin Luther Kng Jr, Plant City, FL 33563-5027
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Plant City
  • Phone Number: (813) 759-0009

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?