Being a Dallas native by origin, I can understand the growing obsession with Texas BBQ here in Australia. One of the links I certainly did draw between this fixture of the American culinary world, and Ribs & Burgers, was the service. With a smile that could light up a thousand service stations, we were greeted at the register by an enthusiastic attendee who wholeheartedly put the ‘zeal’ into Zetland.
Taking a seat after ordering, I notice the long queue of locals (Do people actually live in Zetland?), lining up to take away large brown paper bags filled with what’s on offer.
The ‘Old School Cheese’ burger ($10.50) could have used a higher ‘patty to bun’ ratio, as the meat was its only decent feature.
The ‘Pork Spare’ Ribs ($28.50) were a little on the dry side for the most part, but the smoky BBQ sauce was a saviour, albeit quite thinly spread.
Surprisingly, the standout for me was the ‘Chicken Wings’ w/ Sticky Soy ($9.50), which fared even better still, after being dipped into the aioli sauce provided.
We also had some kick-ass thick shakes, one ‘Milo’ flavoured and the other ‘Vanilla Malt’. If you can stomach the dairy content, they’re worth a go.
Ribs & Burgers
24 Defries Avenue