Renovated Uncle Tom's BBQ in Coral Gables Keeps Original Flavor (Photos)

All photos by Ilana Ladis
Uncle Tom's BBQ is set to reopen in late June.
Uncle Tom's BBQ has been a Miami staple for over 60 years. After a fire forced the Tamiami Trail restaurant to close last year, the operation is back and ready for a resurgence. A location in Pinecrest is scheduled to open, as well as future locations in West Kendall, Doral/Miami Lakes, and Fort Lauderdale.

The owners have preserved the integrity of the original structure, while also implementing necessary upgrades and changes to both the interior and exterior deck. After the fire, the building got a complete overhaul that included a new electrical system and renovated bathrooms.

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The awning on the patio is an eye-catching improvement.
"We put in a lot of work to bring the building up to code," said co-owner Ariel Rodriguez. "We put in the awning, which wasn't originally here, but we kept the original tables and deck."

Other stylistic updates include black and white snapshots of the restaurant's early days, which adorn the bathroom, as well as the LED lights that brighten up the original Uncle Tom's sign. Inside you can get a variety of craft beers on tap, and there are several television screens to watch sports games.

Craft beers on tap.
Although Uncle Tom's is still in the soft-opening phase, it has already attracted a sizable following. "People keep coming in and they say, finally, you're open!" said co-owner Orlando Morales.

Location Info

Uncle Tom's Barbecue

3988 SW 8th St., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

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FeRn Garcia
FeRn Garcia

Anthony Latour they gonna serve craft beer now on draft


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Luci Area Aran
Luci Area Aran

Have their sirloin Mac and cheese. OUT. OF. THIS WORLD!!!!


How about somebody buying The Pit BBQ by Krome and bringing back the original recipes? Place is not the same as it was when I was a kid.

Johnny Sterlin
Johnny Sterlin

Nice , get the Kendall location up and running quickly.... Shorty's is nice, but needs some competition...

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