1401 W Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Plant City, FL 33563
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: No alcohol
The Johnson family started selling barbecue sandwiches out of a filling station in Plant City in the 1950s. Eventually the filling station gave way to Johnson's Restaurant, which in turn spawned a mini empire of Johnson Barbeque and Fred's Southern Kitchen restaurants in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven and Plant City. The flagship restaurant, within spitting distance of the State Farmer's Market, has a Johnson Barbeque restaurant next door, the waft of ribs perfuming the wide parking lot. At dinner they truck some of those slow-smoked pork ribs over to Fred's to commingle with all of the other country cooking on the buffet. This is a no-booze kind of place. Look around and the sweet-as-pie servers are hefting pitchers of iced tea all over the comfy dining room, refilling here, grabbing a pile of empty plates there.
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