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“Best BBQ EVER. Seriously. ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ

Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ
1609 Angel Oliva Sr St, Tampa, FL 33605
813.956.0675
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Ranked #1 of 2,001 Restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Family Fare
Description: 014 Best of the Bay Award Winner - Located in a bungalow off of 7th Ave in historic Ybor City, Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que is dedicated to serving you the most delicious barbecue food while demonstrating true Southern hospitality.
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Description: 014 Best of the Bay Award Winner - Located in a bungalow off of 7th Ave in historic Ybor City, Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que is dedicated to serving you the most delicious barbecue food while demonstrating true Southern hospitality.
Central Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Best BBQ EVER. Seriously. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We detoured off of the interstate to eat here. It's a hole in the wall place, but the second you step out of your vehicle, you are hit with the amazing aroma of real smoked bbq!!!!!! We got inside and were greeted by the nicest people.

I ordered the pulled pork with baked beans and my husband ordered the smoked sausage sandwich with potato salad. Oh my gosh.

Where to start. The bbq was so good it made me dance in my seat :-). Literally. Everything is homemade. The potato salad was fresh and creamy. The baked beans. Holy goodness bat man!! They were amazing. They had such an awesome flavor. One that was totally unique and savory. Delicious. Delicious. Delicious.

The pulled pork and sausage was so good I wanted THAT for dessert.

The location is off the beaten path, however it's .. maybe two blocks away from Ybor City.

This place is delicious. We are from out of town and would make a special trip here just for their bbq. I'm a bbq snob and this place was off the charts delicious. Everyone that worked there were dolls. Wonderful people and wonderful food. Can't wait to take the detour again and grab me some of that bbq!!!!!

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sarasota
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151 reviews 151 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“as good of barbecue as you can find in florida”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

however, when it comes to bbq, florida isn't texas, so some of these super-effusive reviews, at least to me, are more hoping the food is good with no real comparatives. service is top notch, but is that what you care about from a bbq joint? still, it deserves support, but maybe with our humid florida weather you just cant replicate texas dry heat for making bbq..

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Porto, Portugal
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“SIMPLE – BASIC – FANTASTIC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Far from being one of the best meals that I have even had... but, what a pleasant surprise… and what to say about this place?

Off the main 7th Avenue, just across the railway track towards 6th. Worth the extra minute walk. Simply fantastic tasting food with a fast, friendly service. You can’t get any simpler than that. These are my thoughts

POSITIVE POINTS:
This is a shack turned into a restaurant. OK… OK… so this is not the sharpest looking restaurant in town, and it is far from being one of those pretentious restaurants, who try to make everything so fancy, that it loses its taste. In this place, you will get fantastic tasting straight forward BBQ food, a very friendly service and a reasonable price. This time, it was exactly what I was looking for, and this is the place for that type of meal.

Ordered the ribs, yellow chicken rice and beans as a side. Everything was exceptionally tasty and was washed down with an ice cold Corona. Unfortunately, not enough steam to fit in the delicious looking deserts on show. Damage… well that added up to 9 dollars + tip.

Meat is roasted outside, hence eliminating the smoky smell from inside the restaurant.

Sauces are homemade by Al (the owner), and you know it is homemade once it enters your mouth. The flavors explode into brilliance.

NEGATIVE POINTS:
Knowing that you are coming to a modest looking, no frills restaurant, there are no real negative points in this place.

If you are expecting fine dining, with a posh setting… you will be disappointed… but not by the palate of the food.

SUMMING UP:
So, to make it simple… first-rate tasting food, at a cheap price.
Don’t come to this place if you are looking for a fancy restaurant… come here for the simple fantastic flavor of the meal in a basic setting.

As a note, you will be served on plastic plates, and you will have a plastic fork, but if you can get past that… I guarantee you will have a finger licking tasty meal… and THAT is the purpose of appreciating a flavorsome meal at Al’s.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“AMAZING food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Stop reading reviews of other places and go straight to Al's! Everything about our experience was wonderful. Friendly, speedy service in an unassuming atmosphere. Our wonderful servers brought us samples of the ribs and sides in an effort to help us make our dinner choices. We were a party of 10 -- all trying different menu items -- and everyone enjoyed their food. The BBQ (ribs, chicken, pork) is smoked to perfection and doesn't even need sauce. (You'll want to try the sauce, though, because that's the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.) We had the baked beans, okra & tomatoes, potato salad, cornbread, collard greens, and mac & cheese. Each savory side was better than the previous. We were thrilled to be able to have the mac & cheese (available only on Fridays). Al in all, this is by far the best BBQ we have had...and we have had a lot of BBQ. Don't miss this hidden gem!

Visited June 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I stayed in St Pete Beach for 7 nights and had couple hours before flying out of Tampa Airport. So we took the kids to the aquarium then stopped by Al's for some ribs. I found this place from TA reviews and very happy. We (4 people) ordered one whole slap of ribs, collar green, beans, corn bread, ice tea, root beer, red velvet cake (he sold out of pecan and sweet potato pies), and a dinner combo (quarter chicken and sausage) to go and the total bill came to $47 and some change so under $50. The price is great and the food is smoking good. I wish he would move to St. Pete Beach so others can enjoy it or better yet move to my home town in Northern VA. The owner and waiter are very nice people. Stop here before fly or drive home.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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