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Best Sports Bars with Great Ribs and Burgers

Nothing goes better with sports than a big juicy rib or a sloppy burger. We have collected a list of the best rib and burger sports bars that will stuff you to the top of your shirt while you watch all the March Madness action.

Lee Roy Selmon's Restaurant and Sports Bar
If you want big juicy ribs and even bigger burgers in a sport heavy environment then head with your bib in hand to any of the 5 locations of Lee Roy Selmon's. They have 4 different rib platters to choose from: St. Louis, baby backs, short ribs and short ribs with mac 'n' cheese. There are also 4 hearty burgers on their menu. The largest is a 7 oz. USDA prime burger on a toasted knot roll with cheddar cheese, Boston bibb lettuce, tomato and red onion rings that comes with sweet potato fries.

There are two Lee Roy Selmon's in Tampa ( New Tampa and South Tampa), two in Pinellas ( St. Pete and Palm Harbor) and one in Brandon. All Lee Roy Selmon's have free Wi-Fi so you can makes changes to your fantasy lineup from your smartphone at lighting fast speeds.

Buffalo Wild Wings
If you are looking for a casual high-tech sports bar with a large selection of beefy burgers, tasty ribs with a a ton of sauces to choose from, you hit pay dirt with this sports bar chain. Wild Wings offers large rib combo platters such as ribs with popcorn shrimp, chicken tenders, wings or just a full pound of ribs. They have 14 signature sauces that will wow your tastes buds with flavor and keep you coming back for more. They have 6 different burgers including a Black and Blue Burger, Screamin Nacho Burger, and a Big-Jack Daddy Burger. This burger is the mac-daddy of all burgers. It's piled high with hickory-smoked pulled pork, fried onion rings, cheddar jack cheese and their signature Honey BBQ sauce on an already mouth-watering burger. Now that's a burger!

There are 7 Bay area Buffalo Wild Wings to choose from. Clearwater (best sports bar during Phillies Baseball Spring Training), New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Brandon, Lakeland, and two locations in Riverview.

The Brown Boxer Pub and Grille
A Trendy Sports Pub and Grille that features a full bar, plenty of sports action, pool tables and great ribs and burgers. There are two Pinellas beach locations to choose from, Clearwater Beach and Madeira Beach. Both have tons of HD and flat screen TV's with DirecTV sports packages and international soccer. They have full and half racks of fresh not frozen, slow-smoked, juicy ribs. The full is reasonably priced at $18.95 and the half is under $14. They only have one burger, but it is thick fresh and sloppy. Great thing about the Brown boxer is on Friday and Saturday nights they serve until 2 a.m. and are open until 3 in the morning. The Clearwater location is open 11am - 3am 7 nights and week and always serves until 2 in the morning. The Madeira location closes at midnight Sunday – Thursday and is pet friendly. They have a huge deck just for you and Fido to enjoy and bite to eat, a brew and the great Florida weather!

Ragin Sports Grill
1120 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33602

Ragin Sports Grill is new to the Channelside area, but it's already a star! The locals that live in the surrounding condos practically live in this sports bar food heaven. There are 20 flat screens surrounding the restaurant. This is a simple sports bar. It's all about the food and the sports so don't expect some fancy sports pictures on the walls.

Ragin Sports Grill serves "All American Comfort Food" and boy is it! If I had felt any more comfortable after eating the ribs and burgers, I would have taken a nap in one of their large booths.

Ragin has 3 incredible ribs to choose from. Pork baby back ribs that are hand rubbed with spices and smoked to perfection. Beef spareribs. You don't find many restaurants that serve these tasty ribs. They also have St. Louis style Pork spareribs.

Ragin Sports Grill has incredible burgers too. They have 4 different kinds, all are 1/2 pound of fresh ground sirloin char-grilled just the way you like it. Try the Shroom Burger. It's topped with sautéed mushrooms and smoked provolone cheese. If you like veggie burgers you'll love Ragin's, it's pure heaven on a flatbread.

Heading to a lightning game or a concert? Park in Channelside's Grand Central parking garage and grab a bite to eat and a brew before the event.  Parking in Grand Central makes better sense than hassling with the traffic down by the Forum and the first two hours of parking are free.  Ragin Sports Grill is on the bottom floor of Grand Central parking complex and the forum is a short 4 blocks away.

Caddy's on the Beach
9000 West Gulf Blvd
Sunset Beach, FL 33706

If you want more than just ribs, burgers and sports Caddy's on The Beach in Pinellas is for you! Caddy's is a place to view and feel the true Florida lifestyle complete with babes in bikinis and a spectacular sunset every night. They even have a patio not on the beach, but in the beach so can wiggle your toes in the sand.

Caddy's prepares an assortment of ribs each day in their in-house smoker. They serve St. Louis Style Ribs that are slow cooked and double basted. This is real beach barbeque. They have only two burgers: a CharGrilled Burger 1/2 pound Black Angus bad boy or, "The Sandkicker" which is 2 of the Black Angus burger patties on a fresh bun. The bar has TVs but the real star is the beach the local talent. In summer and on weekends, this bar is packed with nicely tanned and toned bathing suit clad bodies. There are always more smiles at caddy's than a dental convention. This is not your typical sports bar but with all sights who needs sports! Right guys?

2223 North West Shore
Tampa, Florida 33607

Champps is on North West Shore Blvd adjacent to International Plaza near the Tampa Airport. Champps is a chain sports bar with a generous amount of TV's. Beware this is a loud sports bar! The Baby Back Ribs are sports bar quality which is good but nothing to write home about. It is the burger that rules at Champp's. They have 9 different ones. The Chipotle BBQ Burger caught my attention. It's a thick juicy burger with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon and topped with BBQ pulled pork, Chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato. Now that's a burger!

Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill
Smokey Bone's is more of a restaurant with a nice bar area. There are 3 Smokey Bones in the Tampa Bay area once in Tampa, Clearwater and Brandon. They have Baby Back ribs and St. Louis style that are rubbed, marinated, smoked and then fire-grilled to order. They also have 6 great Burgers to choose from. If you dare, try the Smoked Stack. Three 1/2 lb seasoned beef patties, smothered in three slices of melted cheddar cheese, topped with golden fried onion rings, crispy onion straws, a pile of pulled pork and Cole slaw, all on a toasted burger bun.

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