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“Awesome!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

Sparky's Roadside Barbecue
204 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132-2504 (Downtown)
305-377-2877
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Ranked #165 of 3,655 Restaurants in Miami
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

One of the best ribs I've ever had! Their barbeque sauces is to die for.
Awesome personell and a really good selection of beers.
Simply outstanding.

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Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Smoky bbq goodness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I was happy to finally find a decent bbq place in Miami. It was a little pricier then I expected for bbq, but that is Miami. Everything is always a few dollars more than expected. This is a laid back bbq joint. Quite the welcome contrast from the glitz, glamour and lack of substance often found in Miami. The beer selection was good. The food was as good as advertised. You smell the smoky bbq goodness as soon as you walk in. I look forward to returning.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Courtenay
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Not What I'd Hoped For”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

I read several positive reviews and decided to give this restaurant a try, eager for some real BBQ food. The decor is just average, but the service was fine, and i hoped that the food would be so good that the decor didn't matter. Unfortunately, the ribs I ordered were so dry and overcooked that they were not worth finishing. The food the other diners had in my party was average, not bad, but nothing special. If all you are going to do is BBQ, then it should done well- and this wasn't. I wouldn't try Sparky's again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Another unexpected gem in Downtown Miami”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

I have been living in Miami for two years now and discovered this restaurant by accident. The issue is, it's in Downtown Miami and in a street that doens't stand out. This place, however, does! I'm happy that we found it. It's a really cosy restaurant that feels like an authentic diner with two specialties: beer and BBQ! I had a Panic Attack.. The name of the beer.. very good, a bit like the Belgian dark beers. Wings were excellent and the fried pickles very tasty. Waiters were extremely friendly and helpful and good fun too. You can have only drinks there or dinner. It doesn't matter, they make you feel welcome either way. Just go there and see for yourselves!

Visited August 2013
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North Miami, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Picture a Slice of a Small Town BBQ Spot in the Big City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Sparky's is a slice of a small town bbq spot located in downtown Miami..... The food does not have a franchise feel (this is good); the pulled pork tastes fresh and is spot-on.... The overall selection of platters ensures almost something for everyone...

If you are looking for 100% authentic small town, side of a dirt road bbq grill then Sparky's may not quite do it for you - but if you want to experience a slice of small town, could almost be one of those mom and pops true Southern style bbq stops out in the country kind of places, but is located in a major downtown area, than Sparky's is for you...

It is not pretentious like many of the "so-called" urban / downtown dining spots - just good "down home" food. The place is small, but comfortable - and always packs a crowd for weekday lunch.

Both the pulled pork and chicken get high reviews from our office here downtown...

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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