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Uncle Tom's BBQ
Posted by Van Laraco on 02/26/2013
It was all about the aromas of a hickory smoke house and the delightful and splendid tastes of the deep south captured in time. Memories I long remember from my childhood 25 years ago, Uncle Tom was such a place to come to and find the best country BBQ shack cooking. However, those memories are long gone and even though Uncle Tom has passed ownership the legacy and tradition has died. These people bought it for the name, popularity, and the business it generated, but the product is far inferior and that southern hospitality and environment is dead as well. Instead what I found here were stale ribs that because they had been sitting around for a month or two in freezer were smothered in BBQ sauce so you can't tell how long they've been sitting around, plus the 1/4 chicken leg & thigh tasted like it was cooked in a pan or an oven instead of that hickory BBQ pit flavor. You can cook something better at home. Latter I found out by a coworker that the smoke house is not even fired up anymore nor operational but instead they buy their ribs frozen and heat them up. However, I paid $17 dollars for a plate of stale ribs.It was all about making a easy buck because they are located in "Coral Gables," and not serving this customer with a decent plate of food worth my time and money. This customer will not go to this place anymore and I urge you to do the same.
Posted by Mike Salem on 05/24/2009
I have been a consultant in the restaurant industry for many years. I have never seen a restaurant so poorly managed than the new Uncle Tom's. Usually, when an operator takes over a successful business, they make subtle changes to improve the operation. Here, they have made a dramatic departure from the classic brand. As a culinary graduate and well known "foodie" I placed Uncle Tom's on the top of my dining list whenever I traveled back home. Tom's used to be my first stop when I would arrive at MIA international airport. Indeed I was dismayed to see just how poorly the operation is being run by the new owners. Gone are the classic sauce, the family friendly wait staff, and the old time atmosphere. All replaced with a poor attempt at classic Cuban food. What a terrible shame that we lost such a great restaurant. One day I'll return, buy the old brick smokehouse, and restore this institution back to its former glory days.
Posted by yhey on 05/30/2008
My husband had been craving bbq for a while and we decided to go out to Tom'sfor bbq. its onl about 10 min from our place. to start it took the waiter at least 15 minutes before he came over to take our order. There was a decent crowd there so we thought this is probably one of those places where the service is no good but the food is worth it. Not! For starters, the sides are not authentic bbq sides. Its some weird combination of latin bbq and it doens't end up being good ol' bbq or good latin bbq. The chicken and the ribs were so overcooked it was hard to chew the meat. i'm bilingual but it bothers me that the staff did not even try to speak english and guess what, the tip was included.
Posted by FSUguy27 on 07/02/2007
So I've been seeing Uncle Tom's BBQ from the outside for the past 20+ years that I've lived in Miami and never went inside. I went off to college and the guys from Miami and I would joke about Uncle Tom's, still I had never been in there. A few months back I decide to drop in during lunch time. The decorations are cool, lots of old pictures of people who've visited including celebrities, sports stars, movie stars, etc. It made me think "Gee this place must've been something years ago and has some history behind it." That's where the coolness factor quickly ended. I sat up at the bar and the bartender was one rude woman who didn't speak a word of English. It took her about 10 minutes to get around to me and she had the rude attitude of someone who doesn't care for customer service. I ordered a churrasco steak that was $8 or $9 bucks and it did not taste very good, dry, withered up and lacking taste. The beer was $2 or $3 I think which was fine. Upon receiving the bill I find that gratuity is already included! Thats right, the tip was built in.
Posted by Guy on 05/30/2007
Gone is the Uncle Tom's BBQ you craved. No more simple BBQ pork, beef & chicken. This place has nothing to do with the previous restaurant....why they don't change the name....who knows! They even added a computerized ordering system in a place smaller than your living room. And the food..... microwave something from Costco instead.