Miami >Food & Dining > The Pit Bar B Q
16400 S.w. 8th St., Miami, FL | Directions 3319425.760474 -80.462013
11:00AM to 9:00PM Mon to Fri
11:00AM to 12:00AM Sat & Sun
Best Barbeque in Miami No More – Save your money and the gas and go to Shorty's. This used to be an excellent barbeque restaurant on the edge of the Everglades/Dade county. The restaurant used to be a shack that had the best wood-barbeque flavored ribs and chicken. This is no more.
Now, the new owners have invested a lot of money to refurbish and renovate the restaurant and the outside area.In turn they must have decided to cut corners and this has resulted in poorer food. Gone is the wood-mesquite taste you would get when biting down on some ribs. Now days the food is no better or flavorful than a fastfood restaurant. The other day I was hungry and hoped the ribs would be as great as I remember them. The meat was not particularly flavorful and was not hot. I thought perhaps I went on an off day, and went back a week later with friends who had never been there. I loaded up on chicken - again, room temperature. Worse, the chicken was slightly pink. Worst of all, my friends neither said the food was great nor the food was bad. What had always been a memorable experience for me left no impression on my friends. I know they wont be going back, nor will I.
Worst BBQ I ever eaten..... – The new owners of this place clearly do not have a clue about BBQ, we ordered quite a lot of food and all of it was terrible, poor quality meat, overcooked and very greasy. There so called famous Aligator was like eating small chunks of rock. Only two other people in the place, grubby tables and generally an all round dump. For those reading some of the old reviews....AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
dissapointed on the bbq ribs – this place was good long time ago, but last time i went about 2 month ago, it was lousy...i guess it changed ownership, the ribs were a total dissapointment and the rest of the menu sucked....shorty's by far is the best bbq in the area....
Salsa the night away on Sunday and yes the food is great! – I went to The Pit for the first time on Sunday and I was really impressed. The place is hopping.
I had a blast. I ate the churrasco and tried the gator bites they are delicious. The staff is friendly and the owners came by our table to say hello. I will certainly be back. I found out that they have an antique car show
every 3rd saturday of he month. I know my husband and his friends will be there. Well, I have been told that The Pit has been around for a long time. I can see why. When you go try the gator bites they are mouth watering.
Excellent Food, Nice Renovation, Nice People, But Bring Back The Jukebox! – My friends and family and I love The Pit. It's somewhere I went as as child, and in the past year we started going again, and the food is phenomenal - especially the chicken with the gold BBQ sauce. It's a great, inexpensive hangout for my teenaged friends and I, and as classic rock fans we have always loved the jukebox, but upon our last visit, after the renovations, we were greeted with loud salsa music played on a stereo outside, and said jukebox was covered up as if it's no longer working. I can guarantee you that the majority of the people who eat at The Pit do not want to hear latin music - you can hear that anywhere. What they want to hear is classic rock and country coming out of the good old jukebox. That said, we were the last customers there and the food was still of the same excellent quality, if not better, and the chicken portions were definitely larger. I miss the way the Pit used to look inside, but if they'll just stop with the salsa music, I'll continue to eat there as often as possible!
A for Effort – I went to The Pit last week and was pleasantly surprised that the place was not a health hazard and disgusting anymore. The clean up is commendable especially the bathrooms. The new owner was at the register and super nice. Now the food...I ordered a triple decker pork sandwich as I have for years expecting the same or better. However the kitchen thinks that a bigger bread bun make a better sandwich but that's not the case. When you do that to a triple, that's WAY too much bread! It didn't have the spice nor was the meat shredded as before. This place has the potential to be a real jewel since Miami is sorely lacking great, affordable places to eat. There should be cars lined up on Tamiami Trail to get in this place. The new tiki hut, seating and landscaping makes the place look and feel great. Note to the new owners, with the piped in salsa music please don't let this American icon turn into another Pollo Tropical. There are plenty of those around.
Worth the drive!!! – I am a 43 year old female who has lived in Miami for 40 years. I've been eating at the Pit for over 30 years. I can honestly say that I am thrilled that the Pit has reopened with refreshing new owners. The food has always been wonderful and it continues to be wonderful. In all the years I ate there before, I was never greeted by anyone, much less the owners. Now, since it reopened, my friends, co-workers, family and I have revisted it several times and have always had a fantastic meal, not to mention, we have all been welcomed by the new owners and friendly staff. The best part is, it's been cleaned up! I commend the new owners for a fantastic job and wish them much success. After taking a break from the Pit, I can say that I will be now be coming back more often. For all those who left a negative rating, you sound really angry, get over it, either the Pit is your competition, or you are an ex-employee. Get over it.
"The Pit Bar B Q" the Real Deal ! – I visited the Pit on 11/18 after several years and I found that finally the owners were cleaning up and to our surprice even though they were closed temporarily ,we were able to enjoy the "BEST RIBS IN TOWN" yes we could go to SHORTY'S but we want the taste of the old traditional AMERICAN BBQ, and there is nothing like HICKORY WOOD to achieve that taste even on a portable grill outside the PIT parking lot!
The restaurant is closed until the first week of December but the owners told us that due to the amount of customers coming from far away to get their ribs, they decided to use their portable catering GRILL to offer us, RIB'S, CHICKEN, BURGERS and CORN on the cob, just so their customers would not have to leave without eating. We were served 8 huge ribs and half a chicken that fed our family of four. The portions were huge and the taste was as always "THE BEST". To our surprise they even brought the food to our picnic table under the Tiki hut. Remember guys this is not a five start restaurant in Coral Gables this is a part of America that we are forgeting, this is the "COUNTRY" ,wood burning grill, no A/C but a beautiful country side, fresh air and seating under the TIKI HUTS, even PONY RIDES to keep our kids happy and occupied. In my opinion the trip to THE PIT is well worth every mile! and I don't know how others may feel, but I appreciate a clean atmosphere to dine in as well as a clean Restroom for my wife and child to use.
I missed the home made biscuits and cole slaw, but the owners assured me that come December, the full menu will be served. I have family coming from Tennessee to visit for the Holidays, and I know they will
appreciate and enjoy "THE PIT" just like we enjoy "BARE BONES BBQ" in Pigeon Forge.
Keep up the good work guys, and don't change the taste of those ribs! They are mmmmm the best!!
DO NOT EAT AT THE PIT!!! – I took some friends to the Pit yesterday, on our way to the Everglades, and was extremely disappointed. The restaurant is being remodelled, and in a clear effort to squeeze as much money as they can out of would-be customers, the owners are selling chicken and ribs cooked on a portable grill in the restaurant's parking lot. That in and of itself is fine, it's the prices they're demanding of their captive customers like me that are inexcusable. A chicken leg quarter is $8.00 and it doesn't even include any side dishes, not even a slice of bread! A scant portion of ribs is $10.00 and it doesn't include side dishes either. Both the chicken and ribs were greasy and not very flavorful. If you want corn on the cob, that's $2.00 extra.
I've been going to the Pit for years and I used to recommend it to others. After what happened yesterday, I will never go back there. These owners are taking advantage of their customers. Moreover, the re-modelling they're undertaking will likely rob the Pit of the old-Florida charm that made it a worthwhile stop even though it's food was never very good. I suggest you save your money and eat at Shorty's BBQ instead or, if the Pit is your only choice like it was for us, don't eat at all. I'd rather go hungry than get robbed at this dump again.
Mom n Pop does not = Shabby and Remote – I'm not quite sure what makes this place "Mom n Pop." Is it the lack of A/C? Is it the shabby set up? Is it the lack of the staff's professionalism? Is it the remote location, several miles out of the city? Since when does good barbeque have to be served up in a dilapidated poor excuse of a dining room? There's nothing special or extraordinary to find here. I'd rather go to Tony Roma's--at least I know it's not too out of the way for the health dept to inspect on a regular basis. I'm afraid the positive reviews stem from the stereotype notion that Southern = informal, uncomfortable, uncouth and remote. And, therefore, any place that fits this description must be genuine Southern and great barbeque.
The cooks and servers sounded like NY thugs! And as for Mom and Pop, I didn't find either of them there. Bet the owner lives in a posh neighborhood and laughs all the way to the bank.
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