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The Pit Bar-B-Que Adds Latin Flavor To 44 Years Of Miami Country Style Cue

The Pit Bar-B-Q's pickup window.
The Pit Bar-B-Q's pickup window.
Jacob Katel
The Pit Bar-B-Que in West Dade is an 8th street landmark, literally, it's either the first or last restaurant stop on the Miami side of the Tamiami Trail depending on if you're entering or leaving Miccosukee country. Incidentally, the Tamiami Trail gets it's name from the fact that it used to be a dirt road into the everglades, that's back when civilaztion ended at sw 42nd Ave. This is all according to Michael Gonzales, who with his wife Sonia bought The Pit in 08' after original owner Tommy Little died.

Over the years we've awarded The Pit with Best Fried Catfish, and Best Barbecue, and that's because The Pit smokes everything for 2 and a half hours before it goes on a wood burning grill that uses only Blackjack Oak and Apple from North Carolina. The Gonzales's have kept the original menu and feel of The Pit intact, but have added a Latin flavor to the joint. "We've added a churrasco, rice and beans as a side, fried plantains (tostones), maduros, tamales and gator products that weren't here before. We get a lot of tourists from around the world.

Saturdays and Sundays we do live music and dancing and have pony rides for the kids. This is a real family joint. You can come here with your kids & still enjoy a night out."

The ceiling.
The ceiling.
Jacob Katel

Friday night is bike night.
Friday night is bike night.
Jacob Katel
Gator Bites
Gator Bites
Jacob Katel

Owner Michael Gonzales, his daughter, and a cook.
Owner Michael Gonzales, his daughter, and a cook.
Jacob Katel

Go ahead, do it.
Go ahead, do it.
Jacob Katel

Proud members.
Proud members.
Jacob Katel

Barbecued chicken.
Barbecued chicken.
Jacob Katel

Deep fried biscuits, and umm, fries.
Deep fried biscuits, and umm, fries.
Jacob Katel

That's one happy hog.
That's one happy hog.
Jacob Katel

Cole slaw done right.
Cole slaw done right.
Jacob Katel

A real family restaurant owned by a real family.
A real family restaurant owned by a real family.
Jacob Katel

Save some leftovers for Betsy.
Save some leftovers for Betsy.
Jacob Katel



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