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“Excellent food with a great owner”

Smokin Jim's House of BBQ
Ranked #1 of 55 Restaurants in Auburndale
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent food with a great owner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

Wanted to stop in Smokin Jim's after reading reviews, and am so glad we did! The smells of delicious smoked meat and a friendly owner greeted us as we walked up from the parking lot. We were there for lunch, and I ordered the pulled pork plate with the greens, cole slaw and cornbread, while my dining partner had the brisket with the cole slaw, fries and the Texas toast. Our food was brought out quickly, hot foods were hot and cool foods were cool.

The minute I took my first bite, I knew that the previous reviewers had not led me astray. The pulled pork was amazing as served, and the sauces on the table (three different bottles) just enhanced the flavor. The cole slaw was just right, while the greens had just enough kick to add some additional spice to the meal and the cornbread was moist and had no need for butter. My dining partner wished he had ordered a plate of brisket to go since he thought it was the best he had ever had.

We have been raving about Smokin' Jim's to everyone and are looking forward to at least one visit anytime we can get to the area!

  • Visited March 2014
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Illinois
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best BBQ in Central Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

We found this place by accident. Best accident I ever had. Pay no attention to the façade. If you get the chance talk to the owner. Super nice guy who wants to make sure everyone is happy with their meal. He is passionate about his product! Ribs are Great, Pulled Pork Good. Turkey moist and tender. Make sure you get cornbread side! Took four hungry college ball players there and they filled them with the all you can eat. Great value!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thomaston, Connecticut
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124 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great local BBQ place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

First time here in March of 2013 and went back this year too while visiting family in town. Pulled pork dinner was sweet and cornbread was great and it is the type of place you could easily be a "regular" at if you lived in town!

Visited March 2014
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Winter Haven, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Locally owned”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great locally owned bbq restaurant. Friendly family atmosphere. Great food and great service. We refer it to people that come to our place of business. Everyone loves it.

  • Visited February 2014
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Florida
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Good food-great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

Four of us enjoyed their ribs and chicken, which were excellent ! If you like ' smoky ' flavor this is your place !! The guys ordered the all u can eat ribs. Us gals ordered the chicken dinners and had to bring some home. The French fries and slaw ( just like KFC ) were really good. The place is not much to look at--it has been there a long time, and they serve drinks in Styrofoam cups and dinner on plastic plates--like a picnic. lol But we didn't care about that. Our server was awesome. Especially since while we were there. a college baseball team came in--around 22 people and they never ' missed a beat.' They were expecting them , but I was still amazed at how fast they served their food.

  • Visited March 2014
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