Fodor's Expert Review Kojak's House of Ribs

$ Tampa American

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 verandah, 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 barbecued chicken and country-style sausage.

American Casual Lunch Dinner $

Quick Facts

2808 W. Gandy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida  33611, USA


Known For:
  • Barbecue meat dishes (especially spareribs)
  • Great sangria
  • Serene veranda
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

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