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5 best spots for Southern food in Tampa

Get ready to chow down on barbeque ribs, skillet cobblers and chicken and waffles.
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Looking for a delicious Southern meal near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Southern food spots around Tampa, using both Yelp data and our own methods to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

Topping the list is Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que. Located at 1609 Angel Oliva Sr. St. in Historic Ybor, the Southern and traditional American spot, which offers barbecue and more, is the highest-rated Southern restaurant in Tampa, boasting 4.5 stars out of 336 reviews on Yelp.

Next up is Bayshore Beautiful's Roux, situated at 4205 S. MacDill Ave. With four stars out of 905 reviews on Yelp, Cajun/Creole and Southern spot and cocktail bar has proven to be a local favorite.

Steelbach, a New American and Southern spot and steakhouse in Tampa Heights, is another go-to, with four stars out of 406 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1902 N. Ola Ave. to see for yourself.

Over in Courier City, check out Cask Social Kitchen, which has earned four stars out of 408 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Southern, New American and breakfast and brunch spot at 208 S. Howard Ave.

Finally, there's BJ's Alabama BBQ, a Virginia Park favorite with 4.5 stars out of 100 reviews. Stop by 3423 S. Dale Mabry Highway to hit up the spot to score barbecue and more the next time you're in the mood.

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