Inside the brick oven at Texas Hold'Em BBQ, meats sizzle alongside whole bell peppers. There's a reason why the latter are called The Grilled Stuffed Bell Peppers Bluff—behind the vegetable exterior and under the blue-cheese crumbles lie hidden helpings of beef or pulled pork. The restaurant's menu carries its poker theme across meals such as the Nachos Two Pair and the All In sandwich, but its classic barbecue dinners have no need for a new name. Guests can order chicken, ribs, sausages, and brisket to pair with traditional sides, including baked beans and corn on the cob. At the bar, a catalog of craft beers from assorted breweries counterbalances saucy bites more refreshingly than iced glasses of more sauce. With TVs spread along the length of the bar and a penchant for private sports parties, Texas Hold'Em BBQ advocates for team spirit in addition to smoky roadhouse dining.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
Should a poll be done with the people of Fort Lauderdale on the best soul food around, it’d probably say Betty’s. Betty’s Soul Food and Barbeque has been around the Fort Lauderdale area for a long time and in that time, the folks there have managed to garner quite the crowd of regulars—many of who bring in new customers who become new, returning friends at Betty’s. Hailed for serving traditional southern food, many people who grew up in the South and surrounded by the cuisine at Betty’s comment on the authenticity of food at Betty’s, along with how delicious their favorite sides are! Fan favorites include the macaroni and cheese, Betty’s cabbage and even the sweet potatoes. Even their lemonade is made right there in the restaurant! Nothing comes in premade in a box at Betty’s Soul Food and Barbeque but with big helpings and affordable prices, dinner might go out in a to-go container. And, that’s okay, because delicious food should be enjoyed as leftovers too!
Smokey Bones is the perfect fusion of bar and grill. Whether you’re looking for some of the finest thirst-quenching craft beers in town or feel like sinking your teeth into some delicious barbeque, they’ve got you covered. They adopt a philosophy of minimalism in their cooking style, opting for as little spicing and saucing as possible, allowing the true taste of their finest ingredients to shine through. They smoke their pulled pork overnight, for a minimum of 11 hours, constantly fussing over it to make sure that it’s perfect the next day when it hits your plate. If you’re a sports fan, music fan, and all-around lover of rambunctious dining experiences, consider making this place your new HQ.
Ernie's Bar-B-Q is where locals in Fort Lauderdale go to get their smoky barbecue fix. Famed for its thick-sliced bimini bread, Ernie's serves up hot, fresh barbecue in a cozy, colorful atmosphere at prices that won't gouge a hole in your wallet. Try the rib dinner platter for a sweet-and-savory treat—featuring ribs slow-cooked St. Louis style and served alongside a pile of slaw and with a helping of bimini bread (which comes in handy for soaking up the sauce). For a hearty meal you can eat with your hands, try the tuna salad sandwich in a pita. Top your meal off with a cocktail—Ernie's bartenders have a generous pour and will serve up your favorite drink with a smile.
Barbecue and soul food served Florida style is the idea behind Tom Jenkins Bar-B-Q. First opened as a weekend trailer, and then a restaurant in 1996, Tom Jenkins is known for its chopped pork, corn muffins, and baked beans. Diners enjoy flavorful ribs, sandwiches and chicken, as well as authentic southern sides. Tom Jenkins Bar-B-Q focuses on providing a home-cooked atmosphere in a clean restaurant setting. The taste of Tom Jenkins Bar-B-Q has become so popular that the restaurant now sells their signature sauce in grocery stores. The sweet potato pie and macaroni and cheese, unfortunately, are only available in the restaurant.