Best BBQ side

Champions’ BBQ

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Shanna Gillette
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,

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Jon Palmer Claridge

Jon Palmer Claridge—Tampa Bay's longest running, and perhaps last anonymous, food critic—has spent his life following two enduring passions, theatre and fine dining. He trained as a theatre professional (BFA/Acting; MFA/Directing) while Mastering the Art of French Cooking from Julia Child as an avocation. He acted...
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