Kojak’s House of Ribs in South Tampa is a local BBQ favorite. The Forney Family has owned and operated this BBQ favorite since 1978 and still makes everything from scratch daily. The restaurant is actually an old house that was converted and really makes you feel as if you are in the Forney’s home chowing down on some great BBQ. There is outside seating as well as inside, but be sure to get here early as the place gets very busy during peak times.
We arrived with my parents on a Sunday for lunch and got there shortly after opening. We decided to sit inside to beat the Florida summer heat and found a comfortable corner table. We got our drinks quick, but we still needed some time to look over the menu, which is full of BBQ favorites.
Pulled pork, roast beef, St. Louis ribs, sausage and chicken are some staples and most dinners come with two sides. You won’t find anything ‘deep fried’ here (including French Fries) but that’s a good thing since the real star is the BBQ meats. We all decided to order the rib dinners and the server was so right when he said “I’ll be right back with those”. We had all of our food in maybe 5 minutes! I guess that is a benefit of not having any fried food.
Rib Dinner ($12.95) – served with two sides. Dad ordered the Grande Rib Dinner ($15.95) which comes with a larger rib portion. The ribs smelled amazing and were still hot. We really liked the dry rub seasoning and liked the option to add our own sauce (vinegar based, mustard based or hot). The St. Louis rib is by far our favorite cut, since they are larger and have more meat than the ‘baby back’ version everyone seems to be doing.
These ribs were meaty and just enough fat to really balance that rib flavor. The smoke flavor was excellent and my parents actually said that these were the best ribs they’ve ever had! Jeff and I both really liked the ribs too. Our favorite sides were the parsley potatoes, which were very buttery and the baked beans. The green beans were of the canned variety, but it worked well since the focus is the BBQ.
Apple Cake ($3.50) – real apples with coconut and brown sugar glaze. We were stuffed from lunch, but my Mom ordered a few to go. The cake was fresh and we liked the slight coconut flavor. We missed the scoop of vanilla ice cream that would have really made this a treat.
Kojak’s House of Ribs was an excellent place to get your BBQ fix. The service was super fast and friendly and the prices were actually very reasonable. The ribs are definitely worth a trip and if you are visiting Tampa, we suggest that you put time aside to give them a try.
Kojak’s House of Ribs is located at 2808 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611