Much like the name, Urban Barbecue delivers on its promise of an urban feel. This place has taken “laid back” and turned the idea into a science of charisma and charm. Everything about the barbecue joint feels off the cuff and fun, but judging by the food, they’re not making any of this stuff up on the spot.
The half pound brisket platter says it’s rubbed with a spicy house rub, but don’t let that scare you off, because after they smoke this bad boy, and then add their sweet barbecue sauce, this dish is nothing but the delicious sweet and savory that fans of barbecue come for.
We’re big fans of both sow and cow here, but you know what’s better than either? Both. That’s right, we’re talking about the Pickled Sowcow. The pork and the brisket are both delicious, and here they’re combined to be stronger than the sum of their parts. And as if that wasn’t enough, the pickled onions are like an unexpected cherry on top of the meat sundae. All of that with a tangy Aioli sauce on top, served on tasty Kaiser rolls. This is one mean sandwich that packs a punch of flavor.
The mac n’ cheese literally says “what we’re known for” on the menu, and after tasting it, i know why. With smoked Gouda, cheddar, Parmesan cheeses and prosciutto, this stuff should be called “Crackaroni” for how good it tastes. Like, i wouldn’t be surprised if Urban Barbecue has people dedicated to coming in every single day just to get their fix of this macaroni and cheese.
Check out the pumpkin cornbread while they’re serving it. I have a serious reputation to uphold on the street, so i don’t take sounding “basic” lightly. I’m of the firm opinion that pumpkin doesn’t need to be added to every single thing on the planet earth. That being said, this cornbread is awesome. The flavors blend well, and compliment each other to make something new that you’ll be glad you put your reputation aside to try. I sure was.
For those of you who are looking for a good craft beer to im-pair well with your Smokey flavors (see what i did there?), it’d be hard to miss the huge blackboard wall with so many choices, you won’t run out of options anytime soon. We personally had the California Pale Lager, and our personal favorite, the unfiltered wheat ale.
I don’t know what kind of street scientist-chefs Urban Barbecue has employed, but they’ve taken down home cooking and refined it into something new. The experience, the service, the food, and the beers are all definitely Worth It!
Address: 1939 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL 33713