BY KYLE NELSON
Being 500 miles from the nearest state known for it’s BBQ, it’s hard for Floridians to find quality southern cooking. Luckily, Tom Jenkins barbecue produces authentic southern comfort food. Located on South Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Tom Jenkins brings a southern vibe to sunny south Florida.
A hole in the wall restaurant situated right off the road, if customers aren’t looking for it they are going to miss it. Giving a whole new meaning to homestyle cooking at a restaurant, Tom Jenkins does a great job of capturing a classic southern feel, from the counter-serve service and log cabin build to the massive portions. To make themselves at home, customers sit on indoor picnic tables and really get to know their neighbor.
Classic foods like collard greens, mac n’ cheese, baked beans and cornbread are a perfect complement to any of the main entrees and are a must have for every customer. While Tom Jenkins BBQ added a modern smoker to their repertoire, the food has retained the classic, wood smoked flavor. The spare rib and chopped beef are definitely legendary, but the majority of customers will swear by everything on the menu.
“You really can’t go wrong,” customer Frankie Delcampo said. “Every time I come I get something new and I’m never disappointed.”
As far as their hours go, Tom Jenkins is open Tuesday-Thursday at 11am-8:30pm and Friday-Saturday at 11am-10pm. They are closed for church on Sundays and on for fishing on Mondays.
“Tom Jenkins is easily the best barbecue you can get around here,” junior Ethan Roberts said. “The service is excellent and so is the atmosphere.”
1236 South Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Featured image by Ben Milgram.
- Authentic Southern BBQ
- Extremely helpful and friendly Staff
- Little to no parking