I have eaten at The Oaks for decades going way back to the prior location on Stickney Pt Rd and 41. Hands down the best BBQ in Sarasota. True Southern style chopped pork, beef, ham and other meats plus excellent ribs and chicken. Lots of sides to choose from. I like the baked beans and stew the best. The cole slaw is good as well. Also great sweet tea.
While they offer some non-bbq items such as fish which aren't bad, I would recommend the chopped pork, ribs and chicken. Traditional tomato base southern bbq sauce is excellent and I frequently buy extra to take home.
If you are hungry, the all you can eat platters are your best choice. You can sample plenty of the meats and all of the sides.
If you are a Northern visitor that likes ribs baked in an oven with the sauce covering them throughout the baking process this may not be the place for you. This is a true southern bbq cooked over hardwoods in an open pit.
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