Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Rib Stand Review

This is for a series of posts for Reading Terminal Market including: The Rib Stand, Hatville Deli, By George! Pizza, Pasta & Cheesesteaks, Olympic Gyro, Iovine Brothers Produce, DiNic's Pork and Beef, Meltkraft, and Wursthaus Schmitz.   

Located in the Pennsylvania Dutch section of Reading Terminal Market (Northwest corner), The Rib Stand offers a limited variety, but that's OK. Because they get them right.

They offer a mild or spicy BBQ sauce - and clearly, they have enough for the lunchtime rush!

They have several sides on offer as well, including potato wedges, green beans, and mac n cheese. 

And of course, they have a few varieties of their ribs, including BBQ, seasoned, and baby back.

You can also take advantage of their combos, which include two sides and a drink.

Boneless Rib Sandwich ($5.79)

I knew I had to get the oft-praised boneless rib sandwich, which wasn't huge at first glance. However, there was enough rib meat in there to fill even the belly of this pig. The meat was well-seasoned, with hints of pepper on the finish. Do get the cheese add-on, which is perfect when wet with the au jus. The store bought rolls could be better though.

Spare Ribs (8.49/lb)

I had to get the ribs so I asked for two of the seasoned regular ribs. These had great flavor, though not much of a smoky bark, if any. But that's OK - the meat on the ribs were incredibly tender and plentiful. 

I asked for the spicy BBQ sauce, which was really nice. The heat lingers, but there is a subtle sweetness to it which nicely complemented the ribs.

Potato Wedges ($3.99/lb)

These amounted to a half pound of wedges which were creamy on the inside. I wish there was more of a crunch on the outside, but I appreciated the heartiness of these wedges, which were skin-on.

Mac n Cheese ($3.99/lb)

This is the GF's type of mac n cheese, which is to say that it was incredibly creamy, almost wet. There was a hint of salt and it seemed to be mostly a blend of American and Cheddar.

The Rib Stand offers hearty and delicious options for quick lunchtime BBQ fare. Don't hesitate to head to the Pennsylvania Dutch corner in Reading Terminal Market 
and get your fill of ribs and sides! 

The Rib Stand
Reading Terminal Market
12th and Filbert StreetsPhiladelphia, PA 19107 
(215) 925-3155

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