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Beer and BBQ


Don’t get us wrong, chilling out and grilling out is one of our favorite activities…but sometimes going out and being treated to delicious BBQ is what it’s all about! After an incredible Labor Day weekend we couldn’t get our minds off two things…BEER and BBQ. Here are some of our favorite places to indulge in just that!





Where there's smoke, there's fire! Authentic, Central Texas-style barbecue cooked “low and slow” in an offset, wood-fired J&R Manufacturing Oyler Smoker – lovingly known as “Big Red” – one of the most sought-after smokers worldwide. Their pride and joy is their 18-hour USDA Prime Brisket, made the old school way with just wood and time. They have a full bar featuring whiskeys and tequilas, with easy, comfortable spaces for relaxing with family, friends and neighbors. Brick’s is a Florida-influenced, modern day interpretation of the classic Central Texas traditions of barbecue and cuisine. Texas Barbecue Culture is all about craftsmanship, devotion to time-honored methods, family, neighborliness and the fun of gathering round the table. Their aim is to bring that to our Sarasota community in a special way and to offer up a “double portion” of the best smoked meats available paired with heartfelt hospitality.


View their DINNER menu here

Located at 1528 State Street

Sarasota, FL 34236





The legendary Gold Rush BBQ is located on the island in Venice, Florida. They are an award-winning family owned and operated restaurant and take pride in every meal they serve. Gold Rush BBQ offers an excellent variety of dry rubbed, hickory smoked and gluten free ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket. They also offer great sandwiches, burgers and fresh seafood. What makes them unique is their restaurant has a gold mining theme with rocks, gold mining supplies and casual comfort. Many of the items are served in metal gold miner pans, this is an experience the whole family will love!


View their Dine-In menu here

Located at 661 South Tamiami Trail

Venice, FL 34285




Classic BBQ meets Old Florida. Enjoy delicious food at this open-air restaurant, live music venue, and old-Florida tiki bar established by the Stottlemyer family. Their  menu includes slow-cooked brisket, tender ribs, pulled pork, award-winning fried chicken, barbecue, sandwiches, po-boys, signature sides, salads, and much more. Take-out and catering available. Also this is the spot for large parties and family gatherings, a good time is always welcome. 

Reservations accepted.


View their menu here

Located at 19 East Road

Sarasota, FL 34240

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The Baja-style eatery located in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts is a museum of beach style reflecting Chef Dave Shiplett’s childhood both in the local area and in California. Birdrock Taco Shack’s menu features Baja-inspired specialties using local ingredients and fresh salsas. If you're wondering why we mention Tacos in an article about BBQ, it’s because Birdrock has an incredible selection of unique tacos, including their vegan BBQ Jackfruit Tacos that are mouth-watering! For the carnivore, Chef Dave also serves up a Beef Short Rib Korean BBQ Taco. (Please note that Birdrock’s menu does change with availability of seasonal ingredients.) 

Come and taste some cool So Cal-inspired  favorites including tacos, burritos and ceviche.


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Located at 1213 13th Avenue

Bradenton, FL 34205

As always, all of our Member Restaurants have incredible options! To view our entire Member list click here. Treat yourself with good food + good people, you deserve it!


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