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This was a surprise visit!  We were out shopping with our youngest daughter, and her favorite food is BBQ ribs.  We decided to try Rib City Grill, and I’m glad we did.  Definitely worth a visit!

I hope Rib City doesn't mind me using this photo from their website, I didn't bring my camera with me on this outing!

Order:  I ordered the full rack of baby back ribs which were on special for just $9.99!  My husband ordered the combo plate, with a half rack of ribs and smoked turkey.

Location:  14415 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 117B in Vancouver, Washington

What I Think:

We could smell the BBQ goodness as soon as we walked in the door.  We were all very hungry so we were ready to eat!

The special on the board just inside the door announced that a full rack of “Baby Babies” was just $9.99 and really, how could you beat that?  Along with the full slab of ribs, I got my choice of two sides, and I chose the baked beans and french fries.  Also accompanying the meal was a thick slice of garlic toast.

The ribs were perfectly cooked.  They were super tender – we’re talking melt in your mouth tender – and the bones just slid right out of the slab of meat!  I like the way it was cooked on the outside, with just a little bit of char on the edges.  They were sauced (or rubbed?) with seasoning prior to cooking (or perhaps basted while cooking), but I added some of the sauce.  I enjoyed both the Tangy and the Sweet sauces, and I found that what I liked best was to combine these two together.

My husband shared with me a slice of his turkey, and I’ve got to say that it was very delicious as well.  Super moist and tender.

I kept finding myself returning to the bowl of baked beans.  They were just the way I like them, just what I remember from going to barbeques as a kid … the beans were tender and the sauce was sweet and a little sticky, as if it had been cooked and reduced and caramelized a little.

The garlic toast was good, although it was a little predictable.  Basically, it was a piece of Texas toast that had been buttered and then grilled until toasty.  Tasty, yes.  Worth writing about beyond this?  No.  The french fries are the same:  golden brown and delicious, I liked that the skins were still on them and that they were crispy, they tasted fresh.

But what made that meal special for me are the ribs, and I guess that’s the way it should be.  If you want fries, go to McDonalds!  (or better yet, go to Little Big Burger!)  If you want a yummy, sticky, messy BBQ meal that is sure to please all the carnivores out there, go to Rib City!

My Final Thoughts:

Everything was super delicious.  This is the place you want to go to hungry and you’ll leave full!  I have a feeling we’ll be visiting this place often!  (For those in the Portland/Vancouver area, I was told by the cashier that the Baby Babies full rack deal for just $9.99 is offered every Sunday and Monday!)

Editor’s Note:  After a recent return visit, we’ve come to discover that the Baby Babies Full Rack deal on Sunday and Monday is now $11.99.  Still an excellent deal.

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One guaranteed hit with my family is BBQ!  Everyone loves it.  For my husband’s birthday dinner, we went to Famous Dave’s this year (be sure to check their website and sign up for their P.I.G. email list, and they’ll send you a special coupon for your birthday!)

Baby Back-n-Meat BBQ Combo (with brisket, Wilbur Beans and Drunkin' Apples)

Order:  My husband wanted to try the Southside Rib Tips for an appetizer ($11.99) and as an entry, I chose the Baby Back-n-Meat BBQ Combo (Original Style, I chose Texas Beef Brisket to go along with my Baby Back Ribs:  $20.99).

Location:  9911 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, OR

What I Think:

As I said in the introduction, barbeque is always a hit with my family.  It’s probably my youngest daughter’s favorite dinner, and it would probably rank in the top 5 for my husband, and the top 10 for me.  Of the few places that we’ve tried in the Portland area, my daughter’s favorite BBQ spot is Famous Dave’s.

Before our appetizer was brought to the table, our server brought a small bowl of salted potato chips to the table so that we could test out the rather impressive selection of barbeque sauces on the table:  Georgia Mustard (not your average mustard, this one was sweet with just a hint of sharpness from the mustard, and a tangy note from vinegar), Texas Pit (one of my favorites, this one had a nice balance between hot and sweet, with a nice tomato-y flavor), Sweet and Zesty (another favorite of mine, I actually mixed the Texas Pit & the Sweet and Zesty together for my brisket; this sauce had a delicious sweetness to it with a hint of citrus.  It goes light on the spice, but there is some spice to it that lingers in the aftertaste), Devil’s Spit (which, as implied by the name is quite spicy) as well as the classic Original Rich and Sassy.  Also on our table was Famous Dave’s newest sauce creation called Wilbur’s Revenge, which was (according to our server) is made with habanero peppers.  I was not feeling so adventurous as to try this one.

Our first visit to Famous Dave’s was shortly after this Portland location opened, and the appetizer we ordered was the Onion Strings.  These are yummy.  I was a little disappointed that we didn’t order them again this time … disappointed until the platter arrived at the table and I sunk my teeth into one of those amazing rib tips!  So good!  Succulent, juicy meat that’s been slow cooked so that it falls off the tip of the bone (which is actually more like cartilage than it is bone).  A good amount of char on the meat, but, it isn’t overdone.  So tender and good.  These came with a side of pickles and pickled red onion.  The pickled red onion makes a remarkable palate cleanser – not too spicy, not too sour, but just enough of a different flavor to enliven the palate after it becomes inundated with BBQ sauce.

My daughter consumed so much of the appetizer, she didn’t have room for her dinner when it arrived.  Seriously!  We had that packaged up (because hey, what’s better than going out for ribs for dinner?  Going out for ribs and having left overs for the next day.  Oh yeah!)

But, I still had some room for my dinner.  The brisket was amazing – so incredibly tender.  It melted in my mouth!  I shared some with my husband, and I think he was probably wishing he went with the combo instead of the Big Slab ($22.99)  The ribs were also quite tender, with a nice seasoning to them that was not too hot nor too sweet, and I found that these also reheated nicely since most of them ended up in the “doggy bag” for lunch the next day.

As side dishes, I chose the Wilbur Beans and the Drunkin’ Apples.  The beans were just alright … tasty, but not the best BBQ beans I’ve ever tasted or anything.  In fact, I think I’ve tasted better from a can.  The sauce could have been thicker, I think they needed to be simmered longer so that the sauce could reduce and thicken.  Not bad, but not great either.

But, I loved the apples.  So much so, that I found myself wishing I had ordered apples as both sides and foregone the Wilbur Beans.  These delicious, cooked until tender but not mushy apples were a little sweet warmly spiced from the cinnamon, which was sprinkled liberally over the apples.  I could also taste just a hint of almond flavor.   I liked how the sweetness of the apples complemented the the tangy barbeque sauce on the ribs and brisket.

My Final Thoughts:

I don’t know that I would say that Famous Dave’s is my favorite BBQ establishment in this area, but, I do know that it’s my daughter’s favorite restaurant, so I suspect that they haven’t seen the last of us at Famous Dave’s.  The food is delicious, though, and I especially loved the rib tips appetizer – so much so that I think I could have been happy ordering that as my entree.  Good food, lively atmosphere, and very friendly service.  Not much to complain about!

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