5707 N 40th St., Tampa, FL 33610
Cost range: 1.00-10.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: No alcohol
Big John's Alabama BBQ closed when the city annexed the family-owned property as part of the $100 million widening of 40th Street. To say that Big John's was beloved is understatement. John A. "Big John" Stephens (6 feet 3 in stock- ing feet) opened Big John's in 1968, and all of Tampa crowded in over the years to sample from the piles of goodies stacked above an open-pit fire of oak and hickory wood. Big John’s family rebuilt and reopened in swankier digs, with legions clamoring for the moist and smoky ribs, classic collards, smoked potatoes and squares of delicate iced lemon cake.