The name says it all really. A chain that has been happily serving up Melburnians and Sydneysiders’ ribs and burgers since 2011 has finally landed in Brisbane, bringing with it meat of epic proportions and serious flavour. Disclaimer: this is not first date food.
Let's start with the ribs. Giant, Flintstonian racks of meat come flowing from the open kitchen and are served on beautiful grain-swirled wooden chopping boards (which is handy considering you almost need a carving knife to divvy the glistening BBQ glazed meat into portions manageable for a human being).
The racks are so large they cover the generous portion of seasoned chips underneath, which soak up the smokey flavours of the ribs and find that perfect slightly soggy, slightly crunchy balance. The meat (pork is highly recommended) is tender and juicy and tears off the bone. Utensils are useless so dive in with your hands and be prepared to end up with sauce all over your face and quite possibly down your front before you're halfway through. Finger-licking goodness
The burgers are equally as impressive — towering high with a lofty bun and massive patties sandwiched in the middle — and are tasty, fresh and sure to satisfy. The wagyu burger with crispy fried onions and pink sauce (like a tangy tomato-mayo) is the bees knees, but regular beef, chicken, lamb, veggie and salmon options are also available. Sides such as cabbage slaw and the green butcher's salad are there to provide some leafy salvation from the meat-fest, but if you’re going for it, then opt for the giant onion rings or a side of crispy chicken wings.
Ribs & Burgers is also licensed, which makes it the perfect venue for a chilled Sunday lunch and beer or as a pre-movie meal with vino. Just remember: steer clear on a first date.