Reading all the Bar-B-Que threads lately has me drooling for beef ribs. I love beef ribs and cant get enough and all this BBQ talk is killing me.
Ive had several beef ribs over the last week or so. Limited by time and location (work: Santa Monica; Live: SF Valley), I could not get to many places discussed. However, here are my comments on the places I did visit (being a purist, I am not discussing the sides):
#1 - Rib Ranch (Woodland Hills) Ordering a full slab on the way home ($16.95 7 ribs) I could hardly wait to get home to eat, especially once I picked them up and they were sitting and smelling next to me. I always liked the beef ribs here but hadnt had them in a while. Either I forgot how good they were or my cravings made them seem better than I remembered. Nice long, very meaty and great flavor! The meat was tender but not to the point of falling off the bone. I used my own sauce on them, although I do like their sauce, but I need the heat. I used only the smallest amount to preserve the great beef flavor. I cant believe I ate all 7 ribs, but I dont regret it!! It wont be so long before I go back.
#2 Tony Romas (Encino) I may be bood off this medium, but I had the beef rib dinner at TRs last weekend since thats where the family chose to go. They really werent that bad. Not as much of a Bar-b-Que flavor as other places, but the (4) ribs were very meaty and tasted very good and of medium length. I know TRs is generally not considered real BBQ, but these werent half bad.
#3) - Wood Ranch (Northridge) While another chain Ive always found WR to be minimally acceptable. Usually my choice only when picked based on location, never as a destination. The beef ribs were nice long ribs with a fair amount of meat. Pretty generic tasting and while nothing to write home about theyll do in a pinch. This is also a good family place, like TRs.
#4) Bennys BBQ (Santa Monica) I had to go to Costco in Culver City today and found myself again desiring beef ribs. While my preference would have been Western Smoke house, it was too far out of the way and this was on lunch time, after all. That left me with 2 choices, 4 Js and Bennys. I went to Bennys a few times just after starting working in this area. I was never impressed so I never went back. I went to 4 Js once and it was so bad I never re-visited it. So it was off to Bennys.
Unfortunately, I now remember why I wasnt previously impressed. 4 ribs = $10.95. They were short, not a lot of meat, and basically no flavor. Not smoke, BBQ or even beefy taste. They barely satiated my cravings. Definitely will not be going back.
I am still anxious to try Grandpa Freds previously discussed on this board. Any additional suggestions are gratefully accepted.
Side note: IMHO None of these, not even Rib Ranch, begins to compare to Hogly Woglys.