Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue

January 18th, 2012  |  by  |  Published in FunBlog

It was almost dinner time, Papa was out-of-town, and I had a craving for hush puppies, so I decided to google “hush puppies miami.” The first place to pop up was?Sparky’s, located in downtown Miami– ?right across from the First Street Metro Mover station. It’s not the best kid-friendly area in the early evening (with a lot of homeless guys loitering outside the corner bar nearby), but it’s walking distance from Biscayne Blvd. and Bayfront Park. Once inside Sparky’s, though, it’s a cozy country-style diner with loud music, eclectic decor and friendly, earthy people. The place seats about 50.

Life slows down a notch when you step into this unassuming storefront restaurant. Greeted by Sparky himself, we sat at one of the?wooden picnic tables and soaked in the indoor atmosphere. The girls enjoyed the birdhouse collection on the west wall. Mostly young men frequent the place, but while we were there another family with a couple of kids came by and got some dinner to go.

What about the hush puppies, you ask? They were okay, but we’ve had better. Some of the other sides– like the baked beans and waffle fries– were SUPERB! And the mac-n-cheese was as good as Abuela used to make. Some of the reviews we read raved about the fried pickles but we weren’t adventurous enough to try them (maybe next time). The ribs were also tasty, especially with the different squirt bottle sauces including apple cider, habanero-guava and a yummy traditional-style house blend. The burger wasn’t bad either.

Menu items are moderate-to-pricey, but overall it’s worth going off the beaten path to checkout this hidden gem. We’re sure to return for lunch (maybe order the fried pickles!) and try some of the homemade desserts.


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