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Back Alley Bar and BBQ brings taste of Texas to Fort Lauderdale



Back Alley Bar and BBQ

234 Almond Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-652-1278,

A couple from the New York corporate world opened this laid-back eatery this winter a block away from the beach in the former Spazio Express.

“My husband, Gene, is from Texas, so our menu is decidedly Texas-inspired,” Elle Delgado says. “We hired a competitive pitmaster, Raymond Brown. His father was a founding member of the Florida BBQ Association, and he was on the circuit with his father since he was 6 years old.”

Signatures are dry-rubbed brisket ($18), burnt ends ($20), Frito pie ($8) and bourbon pecan pie ($8).

“Beef ribs (market price) are only available on the weekends and sell out by 6 p.m. usually,” Elle says.

Cocktails ($8-$10), such as watermelon sangria and Dirty Palmer with vodka and sweet tea, complement smoked meats.

“Our décor is geared to be cozy Southern comfort,” Elle says, referring to longhorn accents, license plates, a jukebox and the Texas flag on a brick wall, along with darts, beer pong, cornhole and a free pool table. “We have promotions for locals.”

Lunch and dinner are served daily, with a patio on the front of the bright-red exterior. Rock and country bands entertain on the weekends.


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