Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa is the cool kids’ answer to straightforward Southern barbecue in Central Florida. This compact restaurant along Mills Avenue in the Mills 50 district certainly packs a punch well above its size. The owner, Thomas Ward, has made great use of the limited space available to provide an amazing counter service BBQ restaurant with an industrial feel, white washed brick walls, stone floor and open theater kitchen, it is right on trend, with a patio area for cooler days and nights, it’s the perfect place to hang out and enjoy great food.
The food roster highlights the usual items: brisket, ribs, slaw, pork belly and the like. But it’s the Caribbean, Latin and Asian twists that set Pig Floyd’s apart from eateries such as Southern Moon, another Orlando food-truck spinoff, and 4 Rivers Smokehouse.
The term “One man’s meat is another man’s poison “could not be truer than when describing BBQ, as everyone has their own interpretation on what makes BBQ great, but make no mistake Pig Floyd’s is right up there with the best, as witnessed by the line out the door and the happy sighs of customers tucking into Thomas Ward’s food.
This Latin, Asian, and Southern American BBQ fusion joint in Orlando’s Mills 50 district has a nice list of bites, including Matambre smoked brisket sandwiches topped with egg, Indian Butter chicken tacos and the Latin plantain and fried yuca sides. But it’s all about the Oakwood Smoked St. Louis Barbecue Ribs here. Succulent. Juicy. Sweet, yet refined. Delicious. When you can get it, it’s really good. The problem is that it is can sell out fast, so call ahead and make sure they’ve got some ready for you.
Pig Floyd Urban Barbakoa is at 1326 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. It is open for lunch and dinner daily, including late night (midnight) on Fridays and Saturdays.
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