Few barbecue joints can boast the staying power of this family-owned and -operated pit stop. Located along a shaded stretch in South Tampa, it debuted in 1978 and has since earned a following of sticky-fingered regulars who have turned it into one of the most popular barbecue stops in central Florida. It's located in a 1927 house complete with veranda, pillars supporting the overhanging roof, and brick steps. Day and night, three indoor dining rooms and an outdoor dining
porch have a steady stream of hungry patrons digging into tender pork spareribs that are dry-rubbed and tanned overnight before visiting the smoker for a couple of hours. Then they're bathed in the sauce of your choice. Kojak's also has a nice selection of sandwiches, including chopped barbecue chicken and country-style sausage. This is definitely not the kind of place you'd want to bring a vegan.
May 3, 2005
A date and I ate there after a night on the town and I was very impressed. Seems to upscale, yet very casual and the food was great. The wait staff was impressive, not overbearing, yet there when they need to be. I will be a reapeat customer, yet new to the area and trying to taste around.