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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Johnny Rivers Smokehouse & Barbecue

5370 W. Colonial Dr. Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner daily

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Johnny Rivers Smokehouse & Barbecue Restaurant Review

: Johnny Rivers was one the Disney culinary stars for nearly 20 years, but the Central Florida native decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and open his own place. He’s won worldwide acclaim for his culinary skills, but he settled on simple barbecue, building a small, cowboy-themed eatery on busy West Colonial Drive. The tourists seek him out, but he’s cultivated a loyal local following as well. Almost everything is wonderful, but we favor the pulled pig or the tender smoked chicken with shredded-apple slaw, baked beans and honey garlic bread. He’s perfected his own peach barbecue sauce that brings out the sweet, mild flavors of the meat without overpowering. A glass of Johnny’s own label Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot goes well with the rich flavors. Rich hardly begins to describe the desserts, like his award-winning chocolate Hershey Bar bread pudding with bourbon-vanilla-bean sauce, or the warm peach cobbler.


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