Kojak's House Of Ribs is located in an old red bungalow with a dirt lot under the shade of huge live oak trees. The restaurant has been here since 1978 serving some of Tampa's best barbecue. Have a seat on their outdoor porch, and enjoy ribs, BBQ beef, BBQ pork, smoked sausage, chicken, and sides such as baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad and parsley potatoes.
We stopped in for lunch, just a few minutes after conservative radio and TV host Glenn Beck finished eating here with his bodyguards (he was in town with Bill O'Reilly for their "Bold and Fresh Tour"). We sat outside enjoying the warm winter air, and had a few quick sandwiches. I enjoyed the barbecued beef with beans, while Laura decided on the barbecued pork with potato salad. The food was ready about five minutes after we ordered, and it was so good, it was gone about five minutes later. Our meal for two, including drinks, was a very inexpensive $15. I returned again with my parents, and we had a nice lunch of rib sandwiches and barbecued beef sandwiches; though I was surprised the rib sandwiches had bones in them!
There's another Kojak's about 45 miles south of Tampa in Palmetto, Florida; it was opened in 2002 by the same Forney family that runs the Tampa location.
Kojaks is one of the first restaurants I ever went to in Tampa and that was when I moved there as a child in 1982. Its in an old if Conch style house on the corner of Gandy and Bayshore Blvd.
You can sit out on the large porch and have your dinner in the open while breathing in the fresh salt air.
Favorite Dish: Ribs. Wonderful sauce.
Charming setting in an old house beneath shade trees. You sit on the porch and leave the rat race far, far behind. Minutes away, walking, from the Bay.
Favorite Dish: BBQ - pork or beef sandwiches. Sweet tea. French fries and garlic toast. Finish it off with Spice cake and chocolate icing. Then it's time for that well deserved nap.