Best Of 2012

Best BBQ side: Champions’ BBQ

Best BBQ side

There’s lots of good BBQ around the Bay, but similar offerings accompany the smoky delights — beans, greens, potato salad, mac & cheese, etc. Luckily, most of these are pretty tasty as well. But one side blows me away. Champions’ Kansas City BBQ beans are a bowl of surprises. First, there’s the touch of cumin that perks up your tongue, then a bit of apple, and finally golden raisins that close the deal. Great ribs abound, but this side stands alone. Champions BBQ, 4400 Fourth Street N., St. Pete. 727-525-1227, championsbbq.com.