Just as the name suggests, the dishes at Smitty’s Grille get their flavor from the flickering flames of the eatery’s grill. Smoky barbecued pork and brisket pile onto Smitty’s signature pulled barbecue sandwiches, while chefs fire beef short ribs over the same flame. Famous for their lasagna, Smitty's also flips burgers—Angus beef, turkey, and veggie—and coats wings in seven tasty marinades, including teriyaki, garlic, and hot sauce.
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.
In 1984, Steve Birger needed a name for his new barbecue restaurant when suddenly he found inspiration from a Jim Belushi skit on Saturday Night Live. Although he’s no “Rappin’ Jimmy B,” Stevie B similarly hails from Chicago and infuses Windy City influences into his Southern-style barbecue. At his Weston restaurant—under new management—chefs bake ribs before searing them on a charbroil grill, and shred barbecued beef brisket that can fill a Philly sandwich, moonlight as a delicious toupee, or star on a dinner plate alongside baked potatoes and onion rings. Shoestring fries, creamy coleslaw, and other sides round out each meal.
The menu at Scruby's BBQ is authentic Southern through and through, but the ribs have an unexpected source: Denmark. The country's pork is widely held to be some of the highest quality in the world, and Scruby's pitmasters find that it's their best bet for optimal age, weight, and meat content. The chosen ribs make their way to an open brick pit along with dry-rubbed chicken, brisket, turkey, beef, and, of course, more pork, where they slowly drink in the smoke of black jack oak.
Once they're fall-off-the-bone tender, the ribs are slathered with home-made sauce?deemed good enough to "eat it on crackers" in a 2011 SunSentinel review?and char-grilled until they acquire a sweet, caramelized crust. Then it's time to slap them on a plate and surround them with any of a dozen sides, all made from scratch or nostalgic helpings of macaroni and cheese. Desserts are made in-house, too, including peanut-butter pie and fruit-filled banana-split cake.
Bar-B-Que Beach Bar and Restaurant puts hand shovels to work digging into starters such as the fried dill pickles served with a tangy dipping sauce ($6) or the bucket of bones, a generous sampling of traditional dry rubbed spare ribs, spiced and slow-cooked in an authentic wood-smoked barbecue pit ($8). Rib platters include the infamous baby back ribs ($19 for a full slab/$13 for half, both with two sides) with a choice of original or "Sweet Georgia Brown" barbecue sauce and two sides, as well as tender barbecue pork spare ribs seasoned with the award-winning Rib Rub ($15 with two sides). The menu rounds itself out with a bevy of burgers, steaks, surfside items, and sandwiches.