4 Rivers Smokehouse
It's easy to spot Four Rivers when you're driving down Fairbanks Avenue; just look for the place with the line outside. Folks are happy to queue up for this 'cue, especially the brisket. But the pulled pork is pretty darned tasty, too. There is no indoor seating, just some picnic tables on a covered patio. But no one seems to mind....
|Address||1600 W. Fairbanks Ave.|
4 Rivers Smokehouse Longwood
This location, the third in a growing mini-chain, was the first to incorporate a sweets shop into the design. They do a particularly good job with ice cream, but barbecue, specifically brisket, is still the reason most people come here....
|Address||1869 W. State Road 434|
4Rivers Smokehouse Winter Garden
A second location for the wildly popular Winter Park barbecuerie. This one has better parking and indoor (read: air-conditioned) seating. But the barbecue is the same -- excellent. Lines are just about as long here, too, but with two cash registers it moves a bit faster. Try the brisket, a house speciality, or the ribs. The baked cheese grits are pretty tasty....
|Address||1047 S. Dillard St.|
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Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa
There's a lot to like about Pig Floyd's, the self described Urban Barbakoa, beginning with the whimsical name. I also like what they've done to the place. The tiny freestanding building at 1326 N. Mills Ave. has never looked better.
And I liked most of the food I sampled, though I have to tell you that I have no idea what the speciality is here.
It was only the ribs that truly disappointed. The half slab, served on a pig-shaped cutting board, I had on my first visit had a heavily charred crust, which is not necessarily a bad thing when we're talking about barbecue. But beneath the char the meat had turned nearly to mush....
|Address||1326 N. Mills Ave.|