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!
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.