The basics: Bill Durney opened up this airy, Texas-style barbecue joint among loading docks and meat distributors in an industrial section of Allapattah to great fanfare. Though the food can skew pricey for barbecue—and especially barbecue in Allapattah—other local pitmasters note the space’s open picnic-table vibe as a reason it stands out. You’ll also find an impressive selection of craft beer to pair with the eats, along with convenient walkability to the Metrorail.
What the pitmaster says: “I go to Hometown because they’re consistent with what they do,” says LA Traila’s Rodriguez. “It feels like Texas barbecue, ya know? Like old-school. It’s got this flow through it, a little bit of smoke in the air.”