Passion for Food, Cooking Inspire Unlikely Combination

Southern BBQ is quite common in Sarasota. From restaurants to weekend roadside stands, the availability of BBQ is plenty. However there is only one Nancy's Bar-B-Q! Find out why.

If one were asked to list a number of adjectives describing the typical Bar-B-Q Pit Master, I highly doubt Jewish white woman would be included. However, Sarasota’s own , yes, a Jewish white woman, has been serving some of the finest North Carolina styled Bar-B-Q to residents of Sarasota for a number of years.

Originally serving her Bar-B-Q from a mobile cart in various events and locations throughout the city, Nancy partnered with the Caragiulo family (, ) to open a more permanent location. After renovating a long standing building on the corner of Ringling Boulevard and South Pineapple Avenue with a distinct southern Bar-B-Q motif, the foundation of Nancy’s new home began to take shape. With its new location completed in March, 2011, Nancy’s Bar-B-Q opened to pent up demand from loyal customers, and culinary curiosity from the uninitiated. Needless to say, the opening exceeded expectations and the restaurant remains busy.

The menu consists of barbecue pork, chicken, ribs, brisket and salmon served in sandwiches, combo trays or salads. There are a number of hot and cold sides to accompany your meal. For our meals we chose the following:

  • Brisket Sandwich: All meat items include two sides. We chose baked beans with pork and edamame succotash.  $8.95 
    • The brisket was stringy, moist and full of layered flavor
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich: All meat items include two sides. We chose baked beans with pork and red skin potato salad.  $6.95
    • Very flavorful, smoky, we added some sweet sauce and it topped it off perfectly.
  • Smoked Chicken Chopped Salad:  Clemson blue cheese, bacon, corn, edamame, smoked almonds, red bell pepper, scallions, herb vinaigrette.  $8.95 
    • Fresh made large portion, flavorful, colorful a nice alternative for the non-BBQ fan in the group
  • Texas Holy Trinity: Ribs, Brisket, Texas Hot Link served with two sides. We chose baked beans and edamame succotash. $17.95
    • Truly for the BBQ lover, the ribs were meaty and fall off the bone delicious, we added some spicy sauce to the brisket and enjoyed the “chipotle kick,” the sausage was mouth wateringly spicy and served with a nice mustard.

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q is set up as a counter service restaurant, which means the food is readily available, ordered from the counter, placed on tray, paid for and then you pick your own table or bar area for seating. The staffs are friendly, customer focused and efficient. Nancy’s offers a reasonable selection of soft drinks, beer and wine to accompany your meal.

When a friend of mine asked the question “How many times can you go out to eat BBQ?” my answer was many as long as it is Nancy’s!

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q
301 South Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, Fl. 34236


Charlesworth Longtooth III May 23, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Great article, makes me hungry to try. Most of the author's recommendations have been spot on. I will have to try the brisket. Many say the brisket reveals the real skills of the chef. I will be utilizing the take-out window and make sure there are plenty of paper towels on hand for the festivities! Maybe I'll invite some friends over and "cook" some ribs on the grill. Hmmmm
Charlesworth Longtooth III May 23, 2013 at 08:32 AM
Sounds like this will be a great place to throw down some ribs. Glad they have a take-out window as I am sure things will get messy.


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