First Choice Southern BBQ

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$0.00 – $6.00
CUISINES
Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
features
Menu

Sandwiches
Beef
$6.00
Pork
$6.00
Corn Beef (brisket)
$6.00
Turkey Breast
$6.00
Sausage
$6.00
Ribs
(1/4 slab)
$7.00
Specials
Slab Ribs
1/2
$7.00
1/4
$13.00
Whole
$22.00
Chicken
1/2
$4.50
1/4
$5.50
Whole
$9.00
Pork
1/2 Lb
$7.00
1 Lb
$13.00
Beef
1/2 Lb
$6.25
1 Lb
$10.95
Turkey Breast
1 Lb.
$13.00
1/2 Lb.
$7.00
Sausage
1/2 Lb
$7.00
1 Lb
$13.00
Corn Beef (brisket)
1/2 Lb
$7.00
1 Lb
$13.00
Fritters
$1.95

PRICE RANGE
$0.00 – $6.00
CUISINES
Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles143 reviews
Excellent
93
Very good
23
Average
13
Poor
10
Terrible
4
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Kathluvs2havefun
Seminole647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 friends
A friend turned me on to First Choice BBQ recently and I loved it. First Choice has been around since 1992. It is located in the back corner of a little shopping center (Brandon Crossings). The place was unassuming and it had a warm, simple, and friendly atmosphere. They claim that their goal is to provide you top quality barbecue with every bite you eat! And they do. I ordered a half slab of ribs and a pork sandwich to go. The smoker showed me the ribs before they were wrapped and I refrained from eating until I got home. The ribs were delicious-tender and smoked perfectly. The BBQ sauce was good too although I prefer a mustard base. The pork sandwich was my favorite. Lucky for me that it was a generous size as my guy was eating it immediately. The next time I stop in I will order the collard greens and coleslaw. The pork rice is tempting. Actually all of the sides are tempting. First Choice BBQ offers a variety of sandwiches, dinners, a huge selection of meats (including turkey, sausage, corned beef, chicken & more) and sides in the Southern BBQ style. Definitely a must-try kind of place.
Written November 12, 2022
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John U.
Davenport406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 solo
In the area, thought I'd give it a try. I had a Beef sandwich with a side of Collard Greens. The sandwich was over flowing with meat. Pretty simply seasoned. S&P I'm guessing. They also have a very good BBQ sauce available if you like sweet.
Written November 9, 2021
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Adam C
Yorktown156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 solo
Great BBQ and great side items. Friendly staff. Highly recommend if you’re in the area on business or vacation.
Written November 30, 2020
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Tjb
Sarasota22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 none
It was a rainy day and the sky was grey, I walk into first choice and Marvin Gaye's sexual healing was playing while most of the patrons were eating like it was their last meal, I knew instinctively that the food had to have some soul. The man behind the counter shouted, " what you having? I yelled over Marvin and said THE BEEF BRISKET! The man ask, you want sauce? You want bread? What side you want ?... Well, hmmmm? I took the baked beans and I thought they were amazing. The beef sandwich had that little special flavor that trial and error perfected. Overall this place did it for me. If you are into fancy you need to keep driving, first choice is rough around the edges but listen, if you are grilling meats all day your not gonna have a spotless place, bbq is messy to eat and messy to make. Pull up your your bib and lose the fancy smancy attitude and go get ya some good old bbq.
Written November 20, 2020
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George
Gibsonton28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 couples
As always, the portions are large, staff is friendly and the QUE and sauce is #1+. Been eating there since Roger opened. It is GOOD
Written April 24, 2020
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indy5410
Valrico54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
This is the place for authentic bbq in Tampa. In a non descriptive strip mall, the place does not look like much.Do not be deceived... The bbq is delicious, homemade , and reasonably priced. I had the on half chicken...very moist with a great smoky flavor The star of the meal..the side. Best collards greens ever and the baked beans were excellent. Go try this local establishment in the land of chains.
Written December 7, 2019
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LV0865
40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 family
We were told by friends that when you get Take Out from First Choice they sometimes give you whatever they need to get rid of and hope you live so far away you won’t bring it back. My son kept that in mind tonight when he made an Online order. When he arrived at the store he reminded them that he ordered Beef but when he got home we discovered we had Corned Beef Brisket! We had their Corned Beef Brisket at a party and really disliked it because it was too salty. Believe it or not our order was even saltier - totally inedible! In the future we will get all our BBQ from Trust Me. Trust Me is out of our way but it tastes much better - meat is smokier and sauce is spicier! Just as important as taste is that we always get what we order from Trust Me.
Written December 4, 2019
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Brandie D
Naples23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 none
This place was authentic southern bbq-I loved the meat. The sides were not my favorite I had baked beans and Mac salad-the baked beans had cinnamon or something almost Indian tasting in them and the Mac salad tasted like dill pickles. The meat and the atmosphere was legit. I would eat there again and again and try other sides.
Written July 5, 2019
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Rrod128
Florida15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 business
Awesome BBQ joint hidden in a shopping complex. Good amount of meat for the price. BBQ sauce is good as well. Will definitely be back.
Written January 19, 2019
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MaineCracker
Saco84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 couples
Every year we stop in at least once when in the area. Beef and turkey were excellent. Got there right when they opened and waited for fries to cook. They brought us an extra helping for our wait. Hand cut fries, not much you can add to that. Love your BBQ Sauce!
Written January 16, 2019
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Lainey G
Brandon687 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 family
Whenever we are in the mood for great BBQ, we head to First Choice. This little gem was started quite a few years ago and is consistently outstanding. Our favorite dish is the beef sandwich. Their BBQ sauce is delicious and we heap it on. The French fries are homemade golden goodness. If you like BBQ, don’t miss First Choice!!
Written January 7, 2019
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David R
Valrico47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 family
Went there for a quick bite to eat before a movie. It wasn't very quick. BBQ was good but didn't really care of the sides.
Written December 24, 2018
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RyeOrtiz
Seffner1459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 couples
Best BBQ ribs and excellent service. Place is clean and bathroom too. Kitchen also clean . Need to try, you won't regret it. Sausage is good, ribs, fresh CUT french fries, baked beans, spicy macaroni salad too.
Written October 22, 2018
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Brett R
Winter Park98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 friends
I was in town for business and found 1st Choice on Trip Advisor for dinner. Nice selection of BBQ and sides. I ordered a 2 meat platter with 1 side (brisket/pork/collards) and was not disappointed in anything. The meat is chopped and if you say yes when they ask if you want it sauced, they really sauce it - good sauce too. Prices were reasonable, particularly for the amount you get (see pic). I would go back!
Written September 5, 2018
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Suzette B
Valrico4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 friends
People are very nice and service is great, the food is the best. I have been going there for 10 years.
Written July 2, 2018
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