Barbecue pork ribs with sauce with slaw and mac and cheese at LJ's Backstage Cafe in Homestead one block from the air reserve base.

LJ's Backstage Café 


Head to Homestead for down-home cooking at the Airport Plaza Arcade across from the Air Reserve Park. Friday, Saturday and Sunday there’s Alabama-style barbecue, made out back on a big charcoal fired grill. The baby back ribs are a favorite, slow cooked 6 to 7 hours and can be ordered dry (no sauce) or wet with sweet hickory barbecue sauce. Breakfast means fresh baked cinnamon raisin biscuits with eggs and grits. At lunch there are hot sandwiches, deli sandwiches and fried wings with dips. Each night there is a dinner special, perhaps meatloaf or pot roast with a choice of sides from collard greens to mashed potatoes. Save room for peach cobbler. Everything is homemade. Live blues on Sunday next door in a mini concert hall. The pizza oven is fired up each morning to bake the cinnamon raisin biscuits served with eggs, bacon and grits for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, hot sandwiches (fried chicken, grilled steak, fried tilapia) are offered, along with salads. Fried wings are popular, too, with sweet and spicy or lemon pepper dips. There are budget-priced dinners every day. Favorites include meatloaf, smothered pork chops and pot roast. If you have room for dessert, Mama J's homemade peach cobbler is hard to resist.

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  • American, Barbecue
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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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