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American, Barbecue
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Historic Ybor
1.8 miles from Bayshore Boulevard
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Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

Good Stuff: meat, sides, sauce, smells Bad Stuff: wait time (caused me to drop this review down one star) Made a special trip to Ybor to try this place out. The food is great! The wait - not so much. I arrived around opening time,...which was a mistake. There was a line out of the door and it didn’t move very fast. I think it was so slow because they were packaging their backlog of online orders. Total wait time - about 35 minutes. Once past the wait, the rest of the process was fine. I picked up some ribs and the Mac n cheese. I am pretty picky about ribs - these are good! They don’t skimp on the meat - I can’t stand when the ribs are just basically bones. The smoky wood flavor is excellent. The tenderness is good, but it does require a bit of sauce as the meat is a bit dry in spots. Overall, really good! As for the Mac N Cheese - also very good. I don’t typically get Mac, it’s not one of my favorite sides, but it is only available on Fridays here so I went for it. I figured exclusive menu items are better. It’s something Al picks up from a nearby business and it is good! Very filling, good flavor - a small is more than enough for one person.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

We are a family of four from UK with two teenagers staying in Tampa to go to Busch Gardens. Saw this place had good reviews so wanted to go. Was a bit off the track and when we arrived we were a little unsure but...went in and so glad we did. Food was freeking epic. Honestly, the ribs were amazing. We also had brisket, pulled pork, sausage. Staff were really friendly. If you have the opportunity to go I would highly recommend. Loved it!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022 via mobile

As a disclaimer, I do not like bbq BUT this was the best bbq I have had in my life so far. Everyone (regulars included) were kind, helpful, and funny with recommendations especially when I couldn’t choose between the sweet potato cake or banana pudding....The pudding won! I highly recommend their ribs, yellow rice which is blended with pieces of chopped chicken, and a nap afterwards.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

Went for a lunch after a walk through the Ybor neighborhood. Paid parking lot next to it makes parking an non issue. Meat is very tender and reasonably priced with very friendly staff. Makes you feel like a member of their local family and place...continued to be busy for our snack before a flight out. Nothing fancy but great food.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 18, 2022 via mobile

I was glad we selected this BBQ place to eat our evening meal. It's located inside an old house but the atmosphere is down home and unpretentious. Ribs are their specialty. They are smoked to perfection. Nice char on the outside. Tender on the inside....The coleslaw and baked beans were very good also. Friendly staff. Quick service. Only seats about 40 but was not crowded on an early Friday evening. Seems to be a favorite with locals.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 10, 2022 via mobile

Excellent smokey flavor. Ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender. The chopped brisket was very tasty as well. Don't let the outside fool you. It is clean and neat inside. People were very friendly

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 8, 2021

We stopped in here for lunch. $20.67 purchased three very meaty spare ribs, sides of yellow rice and chicken, potato salad, and a corn muffin, with a banana pudding and a Diet Coke. There was just enough here for two. The ribs were large, well...trimmed and well smoked, with a flavorful rub that responded well to the hot sauce, although it didn't need it. The meat separated cleanly at the bite. The potato salad, muffin and banana pudding held their own (the latter is not overly sweet), but the real star of the show was the yellow rice with chicken. This is a great, great side, and we encourage readers to give it a try.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 22, 2021

We ordered pulled pork, cole slaw, potato salad, and chicken to go. Overall the food was good. The pork was a little dry but still tasty, the cole slaw was very sweet (which my husband likes... I prefer more tart), the potato salad was good,...and the chicken was good but not great. The servers were very friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 19, 2021 via mobile

Hands down one of the best BBQ places I've ever been to. The brisket was fantastic! I will definitely be back. You won't be disappointed if you love BBQ!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed April 21, 2021 via mobile

Amazing bbq! We’re from Buffalo and we’re in town just for a few days. tried to find a good local bbq place and this was just what the doctor ordered. Great service, great food. Highly recommend

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 4, 2021 via mobile

I’m always on the hunt for a BBQ turkey leg and very few places have them but Al’s turkey legs are fabulous- super moist & great flavor. But you have to call & order them on Wednesday for pickup Thursday. Also liked the chopped beef...& chicken. Definitely will be back for more.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed December 21, 2020

We went there heard of high reviews took the 3 meats , chicken, ribs and it was excellent. It is conveniently located in ybor city , the 2 guys there were nice and alot of food ..

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 3, 2020

Ate here yesterday. Another life lesson was taught to me, looks can be deceiving. It looks like an old house converted into a restaurant. Let me assure you these boys know how to cook. I have gone to hundreds of Barbecue contest, and ate what...is supposed to be the best barbecue from the best pit masters in the country. I have also judge numerous contest, but what they cooked me yesterday would have got my first plate vote in any contest in the country. Keep up the Great Work, and I will be visiting you again.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

The best BBQ. The ribs are so good you don’t even need bbq sauce, but the sauces are so good you definitely don’t want to miss out on them. The pulled pork and sides are terrific. We got desserts to go and can’t wait to...enjoy them. I highly recommend eating at Al’s if you want the best BBQ around.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020

Al’s is a real treat in historic Ybor City. I’m lucky enough to live within walking distance of Al’s and it’s always a pleasure chatting with Al and the staff. The BBQ beef and chicken is some of the best around.

Date of visit: September 2020
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