Kojak's House of Ribs
On a dark, stormy Thursday night I pulled into MacDill Air Force Base to check-in to the lodging I had secured for my final night in Tampa.
I had not eaten much during the day, so once I took my bags to the room, and then asked the front desk staff a local establishment they would recommend to get a bite to eat.
Kojak's House of Ribs has been around since 1978. It was a great little family establishment. I do wish I had been able to see it in the light of day and without the rain. (You can watch their video here .)
I decided to sit outside on the covered porch, as the temperature in the place was way too cold for my liking.
The waitress was very friendly, and I appreciated her service very much. I typically do not find the level of service anywhere that I found at Kojak's.
After taking a look at the menu, I decided on a salad the Rib Dinner for $12.95, what they claim is the most popular dinner ordered. It was served with a choice of two side orders: Parsley potatoes, green beans, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, applesauce, or potato salad. I added a side salad with dinner for an additional $1.95.
I chose the potatoes and the baked beans. I did not care for their baked beans, so they gladly gave me a sample of their coleslaw and macaroni salad, before making another choice. The coleslaw was okay, but very typical of the mayonnaise-based, wet cole slaw that is typical in the South. I opted for the macaroni salad.
The portions were plentiful. They served the plate with four containers of barbecue sauce--regular, sweet, mustard, and fiery hot. I preferred the regular and mustard varieties the best.
The dry rub on the ribs was excellent. It made the ribs flavorful.
However, I found the ribs to be much fattier than other ribs I have eaten. I know that ribs tend to be fattier than other cuts, but there was considerably more soft fat than there was meat. I ate around it and discarded most of what was on the bone, as it was primarily fat. (In all fairness, I do not eat much of the fat on things any longer, unless the fat is a bit cooked down and crispy or chewy.)
If I ever have the chance to go back to Tampa, I would try this place again, but would opt for the pulled pork sandwich or chicken dinner instead. I saw two patrons with each of these meals and they looked quite tasty.
And, the next time, I will plan on staying in southern Tampa at MacDill for several days so I can see it all in the light of day.
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Image Credit » Author's Photo 11/19/15 Kojaks