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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 porkbutt84@aol.com. The email address alone should tell you how serious these folks are about their Q. Tell ’em Dixie Dining sent ya on over.

Slim’s BBQ in Arcadia FL

2 Feb


 Stopped at this locally owned BBQ joint on our way to West Palm Beach.


 There were lots of cars in the parking lot – always a good sign!


The chow was not bad at all. Good BBQ is hard to find in the Sunshine State and these folks are trying hard. The Q is smoked with local Oak and my BBQ 1/2 chicken platter was pretty darn good. Nice smoky exterior with plenty of tasty, not-too-dry white meat inside.  The slaw and garlic toast were nicely prepared and the beans tasted right even if they were a tad on the mushy side. I’ll have to ask them about what kind of beans they’re using. They seemed very small and delicate — almost like zipper peas??? I was shocked to see Cumquat Pie on the dessert marker board. We were highly impressed with that, but just too full in the gut to give it a shot. Gotta believe it tastes something like Key Lime Pie.

The help was friendly and we spotted plenty of old dudes sporting western boots, Wrangler jeans, and camouflage lids. In fact, I had a bit of a Texas flashback during our brief visit at Slim’s. There really aren’t that many non-chain dining choices in this town, so we would suggest that you can dine at Slim’s with a certain degree of confidence. We hope to try Gladys’ Restaurant in Okeechobee the next time we travel this rather unpopulated stretch of highway between Sarasota and West Palm Beach.