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Grandpa Johnson's Barbecue

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$$ - $$$
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1401 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563-5027
+1 813-759-0009
11:00 - 20:30
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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Binghamton, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stop on the way back to Orlando after visiting Busch Gardens. I had pork BBQ and beef brisket, which was the real deal. My wife had chicken which was smoked, then fried, simply amazing. My only complaint was that my meal was cold, I suspect it sat while waiting for the fried chicken.

Thank bScott58
Plant City, Florida
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Grandpa Johnsons offers several barbecue selections at a fair price. Johnsons is a good local eatery.

Thank jnh0125
Orlando, Florida
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This is a nice place. Everything was very good, from the BBQ meats to the sides. Service was top notch and attentive. Go and buy one of their t shirts, they are humorous. Would recommend without question.

Thank Tom B
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107 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Would agree that the portions are small, BUT was impressed with the quality and flavor of their products. Had the 1/4 Chicken, fries and beans and thought they were great! Will be back!

Thank Jim S
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Very good place to eat in Plant City if you enjoy BBQ food. Good serving sizes. Food is always on point. No complaints

Thank JayZ863
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Best BBQ in Plant City. Very nice local family, owned and operated. They have a small porch for outside seating when weather is comfortable. Many locals view this as our best local non-chain restaurant. But then again there's no real competition in Plant City so we put up with the small annoyances. Their menu is more straight-forward these days but... More 

1 Thank Kenneth S
Tampa, FL
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I gave Grandpa Johnson's a five-star review in 2013, but I have to update that. For some time, my family and I have been unhappy with the portions at Johnson's BBQ, but lately it's been really disappointing. The quality of the food is still very good, but the portions are minimal. They serve tiny baked potatoes, and the smallest chickens... More 

Thank Mary P
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Really good but you will have a wait. This place is very popular and gets packed quick. The bbq tacos are the best in town and reasonably priced. Alas...they serve no alcohol at all.

Thank Denise H
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143 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Finally tried Grandpa's BBQ...food was very good. We had a nice dinner with family, and look forward to going back.

Thank Heather U
Lakeland, Florida
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74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I love Johnson's ribs. I'm on a diet and I should have gotten their delicious smoked turkey, but had the ribs instead... It was worth the "weight". Friday nights is very busy, so be ready to wait for a while. The sweet bread that it comes w every meal is almost like desert. Love steak night too!!!!

1 Thank Gooki

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Television
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1401 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563-5027
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Plant City
  • Phone Number: +1 813-759-0009

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?