SquareMeal Review of
Chicago Rib Shack Aldgate East
If you possess the hunger of a small family, then this casual, US BBQ mini-chain is for you. Founded in the 1980s by Chicagoan Bob Payton, each branch delivers a modern-looking dining room hung with twinkling fairy lights, juxtaposed with distressed wood surfaces and monochrome tiles. The main-event ribs are smoked over wood chips and most branches offer baby back and thick-cut belly options, as well as a stomach-destroying sharing board which adds pulled pork. The meats all come glazed in a barbecue sauce and, unlike some chains, we have nothing but praise for the quality of the cuts and the care taken over the preparation. Each site also lists house specials such as flat iron chicken or battered Cajun-style cod, while a list of equally gut-busting burgers combine a glazed bun and plenty of filling. Kid’s menus tick the family-friendly box, while several sites serve decent cocktails for wayward parents. There are cheaper places for junk food, but this quality menu is worth it.
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