Good Eating at Nancy’s Bar-B-Q in Sarasota, Florida

Nancy's Bar-B-Q in Sarasota, Fla.

I’m not ashamed to admit I inhaled my pulled pork sandwich at Nancy’s Bar-B-Q in Sarasota, Fla., in mere minutes. It wasn’t because I was in a hurry but because it was insanely delicious.

Piled high on a soft bun, the 4 ounce pork dripped with a sweet tomato-based barbecue sauce complementing the meat’s delightful smoke flavor and Nancy’s special 14-ingredient dry rub.

Pulled Pork Sandwich, Red Velvet Cupckae and Grape Soda, Nancy's Bar-B-Q, Sarasota, Fla.
Pulled Pork Sandwich, Red Velvet Cupckae and Grape Soda, Nancy

My meal came with two sides, probably the best collard greens I have ever had and mediocre sesame crunch salad. (This slaw-like salad was crispy but didn’t have the amount of flavor I like.) Dinner was washed down with a bottle of grape soda and topped off with a delish red velvet cupcake accented with a light and smooth cream cheese frosting. The tab was about $13.

Other menu items at Nancy’s include pulled chicken and quarter, half or whole chicken; beef brisket; salmon; ribs and chopped salad. Combination trays of pork, chicken, ribs, brisket or salmon are also available.

Specials at Nancy's Bar-B-Q, Sarasota, Fla.
Specials at Nancy

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q opened in Sarasota’s Burns Square in March 2011. The neighborhood isn’t the typical location for a barbecue joint but Nancy’s ain’t your typical BBQ hangout. Simply, the restaurant is adorable and perfectly themed. A red tractor sits outside and a pig statue sits above the entrance to welcome diners. Metal tractor seats adorn an exterior wall and inside feels like being in a new, chic barn. Seating is at picnic tables, both indoors and out. In the enclosed patio, there’s bar-type seating ideal for solo diners.

Metal Tractor Seats Outside of Nancy's Bar-B-Q, Sarasota, Fla.
Metal Tractor Seats Outside of Nancy

It’s the little touches that make Nancy’s special. Meals are served on aluminum trays with crisp white paper liners and barbecue sauce is poured from maple syrup pitchers found on the tables. Before Nancy’s Bar-B-Q was a brick and mortar eatery, it was lunch food cart/truck setting up at different locations in downtown Sarasota.

“Tell Nancy this was delicious,” a gentleman called out to one of the restaurant’s staff.

I concur.

Nancy first caught my attention about a year ago when she posted about chocolate chip and bacon cookies on Facebook. A chef after my stomach. Ever since, I’ve been curious and am glad I finally had the opportunity to dine at the new restaurant. Have you been to Nancy’s Bar-B-Q in Sarasota?

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q
301 S. Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, Fla.
Tel: (941) 366-2271

Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Sunday.

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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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