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  • Uncle Rodney's Rib House - South MacDill Ave - Tampa
  • Uncle Rodney's Rib House - South MacDill Ave - Tampa
  • Uncle Rodney's Rib House - South MacDill Ave - Tampa
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    by Ewingjr98

Uncle Rodney's is a great hole-in-the-wall, off-the-beaten-path, greasy spoon barbecue pit. The restaurant is in an old South Tampa concrete block house, and the small dining room in in the old front porch. The parking lot is dirt, and out back is a huge pile of hard wood for smoking. Sound authentic? It is.

Rodney might be the only worker here, and he's proud of his business, as he should be. He says he has the biggest barbecue pit in town, and I'd bet he could do about 100 racks of ribs at one time. That's kind of funny since his restaurant only seats about 15 people. Maybe he caters?

Uncle Rodney offers your standard Tampa barbecue fare: ribs, pork, beef, chicken, and sandwiches with the same. His sides are all real Southern like baked beans, green beans, and collard greens.

We stopped in for lunch, and Uncle Rodney was friendly and welcoming. I glanced at the menu, focusing on the sandwiches, like the rib sandwich, the short end rib sandwich, and the chicken sandwich, when he let us know the day's special was the port sandwich with two sides and a drink for $8. That made my decision easy enough. I decided on the baked beans and collard greens to go with my big sandwich filled with tender meat and smothered with tasty barbecue sauce.

The food is good and Rodney is a nice guy. The place really is just a hole, so not good choice for date night! Also, some of the prices are surprisingly expensive, such as $40 for a whole rack of pork ribs...really? In comparison, Smoke BBQ on Platte Ave is a much nicer place, and a whole rack of pork ribs is just $20.

Address: 5712 S Macdill Ave Tampa, FL 33611
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: (813) 837-1727
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 4
Theme: Barbecue
Website: http://tampabay.citysearch.com/profile/33439092/tampa_fl/uncle_rodney_s_rib_house.html

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  • Written Nov 21, 2010
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