When “mikeh” posted that Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City had a smoker plus a discount offer, William and I headed over there that evening (October 7) with coupon in hand. At OPLS, we’d ordered more than the coupon’s $50 minimum in no time: Double Play Lobster Roll (two rolls in one basket), $35, and a rack of St. Louis ribs, $21.75.
I hadn’t been here for a couple years. The reunion with the Naked Lobster Roll drizzled with drawn butter was as welcome and delightful as a long lost friend.
Then on to the rack of St. Louis ribs, splayed artfully like spokes and served up with sides of coleslaw and onion rings (because my brother does not like the French fries here). Some additional sauce served on the side added a little tangy pizzazz as a dip for the rather greasy rings.
No extra sauce was needed on the barbecue. The meaty ribs themselves were already seasoned well enough by the gentle smoking, a tasty rub and the light glaze of tangy sauce baked into the crust with a turn on the grill. Juicy with just the right toothsomeness, these ribs could only be dinged for some dryness on the small end of the rack and a little too much fat on the big end. The middle bones were right on the money.
My brother’s been back a couple more times for the barbecue ribs. One was better, the other a little less than these. Have other ‘hounds tried the ‘cue?
Old Port Lobster Shack
851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063