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Grandpa Johnson's Barbecue

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1401 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563-5027
(813) 759-0009
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Plant City, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Grandpa Johnson's is always packed for a reason. This is the best place for ribs in Plant City. Between the price and the quality, it's worth the drive. Make sure you get a yeast roll. The bake them all day, so they always come out hot and fresh. The fried mushroom appetizer is amazing! Lots of 'shrooms and very tasty.

Thank Robert H
Central Florida
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Passing through Plant City at lunch time and stopped for a bite to eat. They have a counter set up for individuals which seats six. I walked in just after noon sat down and had ordered within 3 mins. Got the Smokehouse salad with beef brisket. It was great! Onion rings are the best here! Great family place.

Thank KevinEM
Corozal Town, Belize
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very rustic and country. The food is excellent and plentiful. The servers are friendly and attentive.

Thank Robert C
Plant City, Florida
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's good about half the time. Very hit or miss. Quality control, service, and food is unpredictable.

Thank lisa s
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decent pricing and food was very good👍🏾😋 Definitely worth the 20min ride it took us to get there. I had the Rib Combo with Smoked Pork, Sweet Potato Soufflé, and Baked Beans. And OMG Let's not forget the Sweet Tea. I'll Be Back!

Thank Keith B
Sherman, Mississippi, United States
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tuesday Taco. Try the fish and turkey. Recommend slaw in lieu of lettuce it do have tomatoes and seared onions. Only place I will eat onion rings. Sooo good. Half order enough for two adults. Ribs are tender and very tasty. Just right amount of smoke and try the homemade sauces Served on tin platter Very casual and child friendly... More 

Thank Susan W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Plant City a couple of times and decided to try this place. We were pleasantly surprised by how excellent it was. Our waitress was very sweet and went out of her way to make sure we were happy. The food was also excellent including the sides. We will definitely go back.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On a whim, we saw a small highway sign and being hungry we jumped off the highway and decided to eat at Grandpa Johnson's BBQ. What a place! Some of the very best BBQ spreribs that I have ever had!!!! Service was great, the atmosphere was great and everything we ordered (BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken and BBQ pulled pork) had... More 

Thank Rich H
Plant City, Florida
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tex-Mex Salad with Brisket is very tasty and balanced with right amount of heat. Hump-Day burgers on Wednesday are more than a mouthful and juicy. Great service with the best Plant City has to offer, just like Fred's next door.

Thank Jim P
Plant City, Florida
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my wife for an anniversary dinner. We were quietly celebrating 52 years of marriage. Family requirements required a postponement from Sunday to Saturday. We ordered half slab of St. Louis barbecue rib dinners. I remarked to the waitress that I had been to the original place pictured on the wall. When our dinners arrived there was a problem... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1401 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563-5027
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Plant City
  • Phone Number: (813) 759-0009

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