Tampa >Restaurants > Big Johns Alabama Bar B Que
5707 N 40TH St, Tampa, FL | Directions 3361027.998887 -82.413933
Mon-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu 10am-11pm; Fri 10am- 1am; Sat 10am-12am
Neighborhoods: Northeast Tampa, Northeast
User review by shurshot – This is the epitome of the genre. Best ever Makes Sonny's taste like crap
I had to move to Florida to find good BarBQue – It doesn't get better than this! The food is great! The service is wonderful and friendly! The atmosphere is down home! I've never been there that people aren't courteous, helpful and nice. The ribs are fall off the bone good, the chicken is mouth watering and they also have some of the best beef this side of the northern South! It's like goin' home to eat without the long travel! Thanks, Big John's for bein here!
(they didn't pay me to say this! I love this place!-A Georgia Peach)
User review by mrsgerald – This is definitely the best barbecue I have ever had in my life. It tastes like real barbecue. And the prices are good.
Soul food at a barbecue joint with some history. – The Scene
One of the Bay Area's oldest barbecue joints, Big John's was founded by a preacher named John Andrew Stephens, who ran it successfully for nearly 25 years. When he died a couple of years ago, he was so well-known that the Tampa Tribune put his obituary on the front page. Now, his family continues to run his restaurants, one called Mrs. Campbell's Alabama BBQ on Gandy Boulevard and the original Big John's Alabama BBQ on 40th Street near Busch Gardens. And the food continues to be among the best barbecue served anywhere.
The chopped pork sandwiches and rack of ribs are too heavenly, the baked beans are rich with a heavy sauce, thick with molasses and just sweet enough. Corn on the cob and coleslaw round out the side orders. The decor is simple, unadorned tables and chairs, nothing fancy. Eat in or take out.
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