Barbecue: 4Rivers' Winter Park location (not its original outpost; its success quickly outgrew that venue) is its flagship – the central restaurant around which this Orlando-based, Texas-style barbecue empire operates. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork and smoked turkey are a few of its signature items. Not surprisingly, so are crowds. No one seems to mind waiting but you're welcome to opt for take-out instead. Barbecue's not a neat cuisine and even 4Rivers' sandwich menu – the Messy Pig and its two layers of slaw, in particular – pushes the envelope. Some fans swear by the desserts, as well. (Fried Oreos, anyone?) If you've got a sweet tooth, they are Southern-inspired and sinful as you-know-where.
Local Expert A.D. Thompson Says:
Barbecue: "So hard to resist making a list of 4Rivers recommendations, but if I only had two words, they'd be "burnt ends.""
Best for Barbecue Because: We've listed the Winter Park location, but others around the metro (Longwood, East Orlando, Winter Garden and more) make 4Rivers convenient as well as quality.
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