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Great Cracker BBQ Discovered in Sarasota

4 Apr


Praise the Lord! After a great deal of searching and some frustration, we have found some authentic Florida Cracker BBQ here in the Sunshine State. And it was all quite by accident, really. Driving along Bahia Vista Road on a late Saturday afternoon, we spotted the wood-paneled roadside stand in a gas station parking lot.  


They even take major credit cards here! Now that is pretty unusual for stands such as this. But this is not your typical roadside food cart – that’s for darn sure. Jeff Alday has been cooking up first-rate BBQ for about 3 decades now. Let’s just say he knows what he’s doing, OK?


It’s pretty hard to miss Alday’s BBQ stand. They have obviously invested some of the proceeds in signage and their bright red background leaps out and grabs ya – much like the amazing aroma eminating from their smoker.


Jeff kindly offered me a sample of his BBQ pork ribs. I quickly ascertained that they were the best we’ve ever tasted in Florida. They offer up a mild or hot sauce on the side, but who really needs it when BBQ is this tasty?


The prices, as you can see, are very reasonable. The food is excellent!


The half-chicken plate was moist and peppery. My wife commented (after just one taste) that it is far better than most chicken served at traditional BBQ joints. And, you know what, she’s right. Most of the chicken offered up at Q shacks is pretty dry and flavorless. Not so at Alday’s. The baked beans are chock full of pulled pork — almost enough to make yourself a sandwich for later.  


Take a look at the chicken seen above. Juicy, meaty & spiced just right!


So take a drive along Bahia Vista and keep an eye out for all those red signs. Alday’s is open here on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They also do weddings, banquets, picnics, and fund raisers. Call Jeff Alday at 941 809 2589 or shoot him an email at The email address alone should tell you how serious these folks are about their Q. Tell ’em Dixie Dining sent ya on over.

Breakfast at the Broken Egg, Baby!

4 Apr


We celebrated my son’s 14th birthday with a family breakfast at the Broken Egg on Siesta Key. There is also a Broken Egg in Lakewood Ranch, but the SK location is just a short bike ride from our pad. If the name Broken Egg rings a bell, it may be because it is Dick Vitale’s favorite morning haunt and he promotes them relentlessly on ESPN.


I tried their famous Pumpkin Bread French Toast and it was indeed tasty. I added a little whipped butter and topped it all off with some pancake syrup. Eileen had some coffee and a big bowl of fresh fruit, while the boys woofed down eggs, bacon and hash browns with jam and white toast.


The Broken Egg is a neat little place. It is certainly no secret and you may have to wait a few minutes to be seated. But don’t stress about that. Hey, you’re on beautiful Siesta Key! Relax, grab a cup of complimentary coffee, gaze at the cool local art, or simply watch the world go by along the sidewalks of Siesta Village. It is truly a wonderful place to be!