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NealK Sep 1, 2009 12:16 PM

Looking for good BBQ in the Naples-Ft Myers FL area -- preferably not a chain restaurant. Prefer joints and dives!

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    clairann2000 Sep 27, 2009 02:26 PM

    THE BEST Non Chain by far since HIckory Bar B Que went out of business looks a bit frowsy but is great.. The Smokin' Pit in North Ft. Myers accross the bridge from Ft. myers and a few miles up...Their works bar has the world's best baked beans full of meat, pickled green tomatoess, black beans, coleslaw and beets...all great and all you can eat.... Ribs are good, chicken good too, but the works bar...oh my......1641 N Tamiami Trl
    Fort Myers, FL 33903-5504
    (239) 997-7982

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      RevrendAndy Sep 23, 2009 08:22 AM

      Is it a rib shack with a name? I will check it out when I return to Florida.

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        An Insatiable Appetite Sep 25, 2009 09:21 AM

        BBQ lovers are not impressed with Michelbobs. Michelbobs advertising is impressed with Michelbobs, and they constantly tout some "award" they allegedly won-truth is, that was many, many years ago.

        I like a funky little spot called Brown Bag BBQ on Golden Gate Parkway. They've been in the same spot for 24 years, and don't have to attract tourists with advertising, just good food.

        It's not classic BBQ-there's no pink smoke line, It wont' hold up to national competition, however it is good. the owners have their own style, and it's worth a visit, as it's a local family institution.

        See it at:
        http://aninsatiableappetite.blogspot....

        Bumstead and purpledude, What days and times is the guy at MLK open?

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        yayajac Sep 6, 2009 07:01 PM

        For all of you searching for good bbq in Florida - forget it. I grew up in NC. husband in TN and our son lives in SC. Put this in your memory bank: There are no good bbq places in Florida. Period.

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          RevrendAndy Sep 8, 2009 07:52 AM

          The problem in Florida is that all the bbq I have found is cooked to mush. People rave about fall off the bone ribs. That is just meat jello. To get that quality you need to either boil the ribs first, wrap them in foil while cooking, or just plain overcook them. The areas that are considered the bbq capitals are Kansas City, Memphis, and the Carolinas. I don't mention Texas because their bbq is mostly beef, as opposed to pork. I've never had bbq in Carolina but ribs in Memphis and KC are cooked low and slow and the meat has some fight to it. Even in Texas, spare ribs are not fall off the bone. Another problem I've found is that the sauce tends to be very sweet down here-after all, it is the south and they sure love their sugar. In my opinion, if you want to sample truly divine ribs, buy yourself a smoker, such as the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker, and a good book like "Low & Slow-Mastering the Art of BBQ in 5 easy lessons", and do it yourself.

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            purpledude Sep 22, 2009 03:59 PM

            There's a man on MLK in Fort Myers who smokes St. Louis-style ribs and makes his own sauce in a little lean-to on the side of his house, you can stand there and eat or take it home, he doesn't seem to care one way or the other. He's on the North side of the road as you are getting toward downtown. I felt the same as you until I went there.

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              Bumstead Sep 24, 2009 10:25 AM

              He's on the corner of MLK and Cranford. He has ribs and chicken smoked over a wood fire. It's cooked to the Florida falling-off-the-bone style that ReverendAndy describes above. We thoroughly enjoyed our order of chicken (3 thighs and legs) and 1/2 rack of ribs. Nice smoked flavor. He uses a rub and his tomato based sauce is excellent.

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              Rusyoak Sep 29, 2009 04:41 AM

              For the record, the BBQ scene in southern FL is a bit sketchy, but northern FL is a different story, especially in the panhandle. There is also a great place over in Coco Beach that I cannot remember the name of. When in Florida just remember, the south is the north, and the north is the south, and everyone knows you can't grow good BBQ in the north.

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              SarahChef Sep 6, 2009 06:10 PM

              We are not huge fans of chains either. However we have kids so BBQ is always good for us. We were taken to Rib City a few years ago and everytime we run over to Ft Meyers Beach for a weekend getaway we go back. THere is nothing exciting about the menu, but the meat is tender with a good smoke flavor, the cole slaw is good and the beer cold, so it makes for a good meal

              1. floridan Sep 2, 2009 02:59 PM

                Haven't been there in a little while, but used to visit Naples area frequently and enjoyed Michelbob's on Airport Road. It's local and has good ribs and sliced pork sandwichs.

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                  Zeits Sep 6, 2009 05:50 PM

                  yes Michelbob's is the local favorite.

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                  Chaat Cafe Sep 1, 2009 01:11 PM

                  My wife grew up in fort Myers and whenever we go back we go to Sonny's, she loves it.

                  5980 Winkler Road, Ft. Myers, FL 33919
                  Store Number: 239-481-0090

                  I've always enjoyed it, well priced and delicious. It is a chain, albeit a mini regional chain... I think. Way better than what we find here in CA (though I guess that doesn't say much).

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                    NealK Sep 1, 2009 04:38 PM

                    Thanks. I've been to Sonny's in other areas, and it's OK. You live in Northern California. Here in Southern California there are a number of very good BBQ places. If you ever venture down here, I can give you suggestions.

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