St. Petersburg Times, October 24, 1996, Series: Pinellas To Go
St. Petersburg, Fl
By Alicia Caldwell, Staff Reporter
Buffy's - Barbecue is something you really have to be in the mood for. Crave, really.
That was the case when I pulled in to Buffy's Southern Pit Bar-B-Que on 49th Street. Buffy's is the lesser-known, younger sibling of Biff-Burger, the hamburger joint that serves up large doses of '50s and '60s nostalgia. Buffy's shares a lot and an owner with Biff's, but has a different kitchen and cash register.
I'd been thinking about ribs for a few days. I should disclose up front that I am not a hard-core barbecue aficionado. I am an amateur, partaking only once every year or two. If you're looking for an expert opinion on the finer points of the different types of barbecue, I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you.
I liken it to my non-expert, low-stress approach to buying antiques. People tell me all the time they don't know how to buy antiques. To me, it's simple. If you like it, and it costs somewhere around the price of what you'd pay for new, then buy it. Sort of like barbecue. If you like it, eat it. Forget what style it is.
For the record, Buffy's employs a pit barbecue to hickory-smoke its pork, beef, ribs and chicken. It offers its barbecue wet - with a slightly sweet, dark barbecue sauce - or dry.
We liked it, overall. Our group thought the pork ribs were better than the baby back ribs - moister and meatier. The baby back ribs were good, too - just not quite as good.
The sliced pork, however, was something of a disappointment. It was a little tough and lacked flavor. It also was swimming in grease, which was an unwanted reminder that we weren't exactly eating health food.