Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue

Restaurants, Barbecue Downtown
5 out of 5 stars
Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Giselle W.

Downtown Miami is, perhaps, the last place you’d go looking for traditional barbecue—but it’s where you’ll find it. This unassuming restaurant, edged by convenience stores and skyscrapers, serves up tender brisket, pulled pork and other Southern favorites. Portions are generous but hardly large enough to keep us from digging into their selection of homemade desserts. You won’t go wrong with a serving of the banana pudding (it’s the best we’ve ever tasted!). Craft beers are aplenty, too, both bottled and on tap. 

By: Virginia Gil


Venue name: Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue
Address: 204 NE 1st St

Cross street: between NE 2nd and 3rd Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–9pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–9pm
Transport: Metrorail to Government Center; Bus 11
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