March 26, 2015www.4rsmokehouse.com 14330 North Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, 33618 (844) 474-8377
John Rivers named his smokehouse 4 Rivers because there are 4 of them in his family – his wife Monica, son Jared, and daughter Cameron. If you want some tasty barbecue you better head on over to 4 Rivers now…right now.
Somehow, I just heard about this place, and as soon as I did, well it was only a matter of hours before I headed to north Tampa. As a south Tampa native – well, you know, we don’t cross Kennedy too often for something to eat, unless there is reason. 4 Rivers is a good reason to venture forth.
The décor is kinda neat – with loads of communal tables (and steel chairs) so you can opt to chat with a new friend if you so desire. Before you can get to your seat however, you must pass the bakery with all kinds of baked treats.
My favorite 4 Rivers baked goody is the Bayou – it reminds me of the OOEY-GOOEY’s Denise Chavez use to make at her place on Howard…made with cream cheese and a wonderful walnut crust. I’m munching on one now.
If you are a brisket fan – it is sliced perfectly, fork tender packed with flavor. The sausage, ribs, chicken, pulled pork are all awesome. The sauce is sweet and served mild or hot. There are plenty of sides to pick from: mac & cheese, green beans, crinkle-cut French fries, baked beans, jalapeno bites stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked, slaw, sweet potato mash…just to name a few. Their huge biscuits and corn bread deserve an honorable mention as well.
Have I made you hungry??? Let me know your experience on 4 Rivers Smokehouse.