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Hidden BBQ Treasure


By Rashad Christie
On December 21, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Rashad Christie

If you are a BBQ lover who has lived in Tallahassee for more than a decade, you may have some fading memories of a barbeque joint that would attract college students and natives alike.

At 2420 West Pensacola Street, which now houses a Scooterville, used to lie a locally owned and operated barbeque spot by the name of King’s BBQ.

The restaurant is said to have briefly moved to West Tennessee Street and Ocala Road before disappearing between the years of 2010 and 2013 without a trace.

Craving consumers took to the restaurant’s Twitter and Facebook page in search of their beloved barbeque spot that had seemingly vanished but to no avail.

Years later, King’s BBQ has found a new home.  

Today you can find King’s BBQ located in a small hut in the Varsity Plaza at West Tennessee Street and High Road; nestled in the parking lot between the Tire’s Plus and Coliseum Night Club.

Here an elderly “Mr. King” runs the spot alone with his pick-up truck and barbeque pit as his lone employees.

Still serving his famous barbeque ribs and chicken with a host of sides, Mr. King has come up with a combo that competes with fast food restaurants and local eateries alike.

Every Thursday he offers the $5 box.

Mr. King uses two slices of white bread to line the bottom of the plastic box then adds a barbequed chicken thigh, several pieces of barbequed ribs and your choice of two sides; potato salad and baked beans, etc.

The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender, glazed with a sweet and spicy barbeque sauce that will have you licking your fingers well after your last bite of the barbeque soaked slices of bread.

Having not tasted this style of barbeque since those long Saturdays playing youth football, King’s BBQ serves as a great reminder of the uniqueness of the Southern culture.

Check out: The ribs and chicken.

Needs work: Availability. On several occasions the hut was deserted during working hours.

Details: Accepts credits cards. Food is prepared in a timely fashion. Meals are filling.

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