Mississippi Sweets BBQ Co. opened their third location recently in Deerfield Beach about a block from the ocean. Parking is available in public garage attached to the building and Mississippi Sweets BBQ DOES validate parking, so be sure to bring your ticket inside.
This is a full service restaurant with both inside and outside seating. Décor is very Florida BBQ with lots of wood with brown accents and all kinds of BBQ and country things on the wall. Country music was playing to add to the mood and there was the best smoky BBQ aroma all through the place. Our sodas were dropped off and unfortunately, they’re served in cans (bummer, we love fountain drinks). Since I wasn’t sure if each can would cost extra, I had to budget every sip through my lunch. There was no way I was going to pay another $1.79 for a second can.
‘Can’gate aside, we looked over the menu. The appetizer section is a bit small but covered the bases with wings, ribs and soup. The list of sandwiches was quite long with pulled pork, chicken and fried catfish standing out. One thing to note, sandwiches are served with a choice of only coleslaw, cornbread, beans or applesauce. When I asked if I could substitute the criss-cut fries for a small up-charge, I was told they do not offer that option. Unfortunately, they only sell them as a large side item and from the look of the basket; it was just too large of a portion. You do have more side item choices with the platters and they have all kinds of meat combinations as well. If you are looking to keep things a bit healthy, they have some tasty looking salads too. Our server was quite friendly and even made a few suggestions on what to order based on her own taste and popularity.
Chicken noodle soup, cup ($2.99). This was a larger cup than expected and still steaming hot. There were chunks of fresh celery and carrot which seemed to be added in-house and there was also a lot of chicken. It was actually pretty good and much better than some of the diners we’ve been to.
Bunswick stew ($3.99 – cup). Chris ordered this and raved about how good it was and he gave it a ‘10’. It was loaded with all kinds of fresh vegetables and thick like a stew. The chicken gave it more body and made it quite filling. He said the cornbread was good, but it crumbled a bit too easily, making it hard to eat on its own.
Fried catfish sandwich ($8.99). This was a huge piece catfish and covered the whole hoagie roll. The coating had a really nice flavor and was fried perfectly. Crisp on the outside with the flaky mild fish on the inside, this was probably one of the better catfish sandwiches around. The coleslaw tasted as if it was a mixture of mayo and vinegar and was a bit on the wet side. We both felt that a few bites was enough.
Pulled pork sandwich ($7.29). The pork was tender and had a slight smoky flavor and was a bit on the salty side. They do have three BBQ sauces (a sweet sauce, a mustard based sauce and a smoky/spicy sauce). I found that the smoky/spicy sauce went perfectly and was actually a little addicting, adding more with every bite. The pile of pork was so large that I had to put the Kaiser roll aside so I could finish.
The service was outstanding and food was fresh and really good as well. The beach location usually calls for high prices for small portions and Mississippi Sweets BBQ seems to buck that trend here in Deerfield Beach. While you might not want to stuff yourself prior to heading to the beach, you should definitely plan on heading here after the beach where you can loosen those bathing suits a bit in the car on the way home.
Mississippi Sweets BBQ is located at 123 NE 20th Avenue (#7) Deerfield Beach FL 33441.