1939 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Grand Central District
Andy Salyards is doing a handful of things in the smoker — brisket, baby-back ribs, pulled pork, chicken — offering them as full plates, with a side and a roll, or as excellent and well-priced sliders. It's easy to be smitten by a moist, flavorful pile of brisket sliced onto a little roll, offered with a choice of sauces from really sweet to really hot to vinegar-tangy. The meat has that delicate pink discoloration of meat just under the surface crust (in the biz this is the "bark") that signals skilled smoking, with a savory, rich flavor to the plush beef. Then pair this with a scoop of crunchy, fresh-tasting cole slaw or a cup of smoky-sweet baked beans studded with big hunks of smoked pork. Really, all the sides at Urban Brew are keepers, the top offering the skillet mac and cheese with wisps of prosciutto, crunchy bread crumb topping and a flavor that brings the sharpness of Cheddar with the rounder smokiness of Gouda. On the beer side, 18 taps change constantly.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-9 p.m. Sun.
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