The grill masters at BurgerQue flip hand-formed beef patties onto freshly baked buns, filling each Burger Bag with four of these epic, juicy creations. Family-size orders of coleslaw and homemade potato chips accompany the quadrangle of tasty hamburgers. Though not included with this Groupon, hamburgers may be built to include extra toppings for an additional cost, such as cheese ($0.25+), a slathering of chili ($0.50+), mushrooms ($0.50+), and bacon ($1+), though they cannot be topped with search-warrant requests to happily surprise one's favorite judge.
When a restaurant's award tally ticks close to 100, there's no need to change the menu. That's the philosophy at work at Michelbob's Championship Ribs, where co-owners Lou Bavaro and Bob Mattson have been serving baby back ribs imported from Denmark and slathered in award-winning original-recipe barbecue sauce since 1979. All of their meats?which also include barbecue chicken, pork, and beef?are slow-smoked to a tender perfection each day and served alongside sides such as baked beans, cole slaw, and onion rings, which are all also made fresh daily. Most recently, their victuals won the Naples Daily News award for Best Food in Southwest Florida. They also ship their sauce and ribs anywhere in the United States via overnight air shipping, catering to the legions of fans and long-haul bike messengers who crave their delectable barbecue brand.
Using an in-house brand of tangy, sweet sauces, steaming stacks of ribs, and homespun slow rubs, the family recipes behind Quick Q BBQ deliver authentic, smoky, home-style flavor. Strap a bib around wayward beards and take a gander at the menu, on which heaping plates of ribs, chicken, ham, and mullet await the maws of barbecue connoisseurs. The meat not only falls off the bone but also practically hops in the mouth, chews itself, and writes it all off as a business expense. Barbecue plates come with iced tea and a variety of meat choices, including a jaw-dropping, chin-mopping stack of pulled pork with baked beans and mac 'n' cheese ($9.50) or an entire smoked chicken with mac 'n' cheese and fries ($12.50). Light lunchers can stock their own bags of bones with a three-bone rib sandwich with fries ($6.99), paired with 8-ounce house-made Southern sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, and collard greens ($1.99 each). Crank open your auxiliary stomach for dessert; Quick Q's sugary slew of cherry and peach cobblers ($0.93) and rum cake ($2.99/slice) high five tongues and fist pound bellies. Sidle up to one of Quick Q’s tables clad in a checkered tablecloth, or pull up to the drive-thru to bring victuals home to pod people masquerading as your real family.
Luckie B's cooks up batches of authentic barbecue, smoking meat up to 10 hours to create a tender, robust flavor. After memorizing the menu, hang a fang on a 1/3 rack of baby back ribs, dry rubbed and slow smoked with your choice of sauces ($10.95), or befriend the barbecue-smoked half chicken, rotisserie smoked and lightly seasoned ($8.95). Other edible options include salads, sandwiches, and a plethora of sides. A full liquor bar helps keep conversations lubricated, and a relaxed, family-friendly vibe will make diners feel like their clingy home is following them around again.
Though years of working as a trainer for chain restaurants taught Mike Tolley how to cook quality food efficiently, it was the slower, lower-heat cooking that he enjoyed the most. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, Uncle Mike's Smokehouse, he eschewed traditional fast-food preparation in favor of the slow smoking that gives meat a rich, complex favor. He and his chefs grill everything from pork shanks and chicken wings to St. Louis?style barbecue and steaks. They don't just specialize in savory, smoky flavors, however. They also add a sweet note to meals with slices of cornbread, vanilla maple sweet potatoes, and bourbon-laced pecan pie.
BubbaChuck's specializes in Southern barbecue, stuffing growling gullets with slow-smoked meats and sides prepared using homemade rubs and sauces. The menu fires up taste buds with the signature barbecue eggrolls, a mix of pork and slaw shrouded in an eggroll wrapper and deep-fried ($4.95). A bevy of sandwiches served on texas toast, including pulled pork ($5.55) and sliced brisket ($6.55), busy chompers as eyes ogle the green walls of the cozy casual dining room.