Mmm … Ribs

My sources tell me (thanks @brad_tumy) that Rib City is opening in the The Westview Corner Center. No word on a date yet, but the sign is hanging on their store front.

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31 thoughts on “Mmm … Ribs

  1. Shabrow Bistro and Wine Bar opens this Friday the 25th. I have been in contact with Michael King. I also found out that they will have 15 craft bottled beers from around the world on hand, as well as 20 others in their retail shop. Michael also stated they plan to expand their craft beer retail offering in the near future. My wife and I are looking forward to our 1st visit this weekend.

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    • I was telling a coworker (years ago – maybe 2001) about the restaurants I’d like to see in Frederick County. She was a native resident and was just horrified! “Oh no! We do not need one more restaurant! We have enough!” That attitude always cracks me up, ’cause the instant a new place opens, if it’s good, it is crowded and still all of the other ones remain crowded as well. Clearly we can have more of them and need more of them. I can’t wait for Red Robin! I’d love to see Chili’s here, as well. I know, the anti-chain people will be upset but the chains are the biggest draws because people know them and like consistency in their lives, right or wrong.

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    • Jennifer, i have been to the pub to meet friends who live down the block from there. It is more like a coffee shop vibe inside, very comfy couches, chairs. I was pleasantly surprised how nicely decorated it was- Just had drinks, bartender very friendly. would definitely go back again. HTH

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  2. Decent BBQ is something we desperately need in Frederick, so I’m eagerly anticipating Rib City & hoping it’s good. Is Red Robin really still happening over by FSK? I don’t see the sign about it any more. I’m sure it will do well, but after going to the one at the Dulles Town Centre last week, it was much more expensive than I remembered and I literally ate my burger in about a minute, so I am not as excited as when I first heard about it.

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    • I’ve always found their burgers to be huge and more than I can eat. Same with the amount of fries – and the fries are “bottomless.” My hubby can eat a lot and he has a hard time finishing up a whole RR burger and one order of fries.

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      • It must be my appetite- I was famished that day and my family was astonished that I inhaled the burger so quickly, but come to think of it, they always seem to go down quickly (for me). I count on the bottomless fries then to get filled up, I don’t love the “steak” style fries though. I wish they would put a Five Guys in the new sections of Westview as they originally planned (not sure what happened). I never leave hungry from that place!

        Still, we could use a Red Robin here for sure. Should do well!

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  3. The Rib City over on President’s court is under construction and has plans to open in mid August, according to their owners. I got a menu from them, and OH Boy! It looks like it will be wonderful. I can’t wait!

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  4. Oh nuts, I was counting on that opening in July like the sign says. I guess potentially decent BBQ in Frederick will have to wait another month!

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  5. CiCi’s Pizza is opening soon at Westview, too, down past Mimi’s Cafe. We were sad when Say Cheese closed, so we’re happy to get a pizza buffet back!

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    • The ribs place is going into Westview Corner, which is the one with Baltimore Coffee and Tea. Cici’s is in Westview Village, which is the one near Mimi’s.

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    • Tried Jimmy John’s in Seattle this summer and it was great. Can’t wait for the Westview location to open although it doesn’t look like they’re making a ton of progress.

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    • They sure are taking their sweet time opening. It was slated for July and it’s now September. Anyone have an update?

      I’m also excited about them putting Jimmy John’s two doors down from there. I ate at one in Seattle this summer and the hoagies/sandwiches are really good.

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      • Ate at Rib City yesterday. Ribs are pretty good. Baked Beans, I didn’t care for, but I find Baked Beans to be really subjective, so YMMV. The garlic Texas toast was really good.

        I’m really happy to see Jimmy Johns because I love their subs, but truthfully, I’m kinda surprised because I’ve ALWAYS tended to associate them with college towns and, no offense, Hood or FCC, I guess I really mean University towns.

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  6. Went to the pre-opening at the new Rib City earlier this evening. Wow!! We had fried onion rings as an appetizer, and the ranch dressing we got to dip them in was to die for! My husband had the sliced pork and I had the sliced beef, and both were excellent, as were the sides. And dessert – OMG – Chocolate, Chocolate Mania was one of the best chocolate desserts I’ve ever had. Run, don’t walk, do Rib City. We live in Silver Spring and plan to go back there whenever we want BBQ.

    Make sure to check out the great photos of Frederick that adorn the walls.

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    • I agree it was good, but you’re going to go to Frederick from Silver Spring whenever you want BBQ? You could drive a quarter of the distance to Rockville and you have Urban BBQ, the place that used to be O’Briens (new name but it’s still great), and Red Hot & Blue, among others.

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      • I really do prefer rib city’s ribs to RH&B. Did love O’Brien’s when I lived down that way.

        Sadly, best BBQ is still in Kilgore, (East) Texas and now all my daughter and I want to do is get a cheap flight and do a day trip down that way.

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  7. We tried Rib City tonight and it’s got good potential. It was nice inside and the staff was very friendly. Food came out quickly and was tasty, although portions weren’t huge. I think I will go for the much meatier looking St. Louis style ribs next time instead of the small baby backs. I noticed they have specials each day, including quarter beers (maximum three) with dinner purchase on Wednesdays. Beer was fairly priced at $8 per pitcher in any case. This is definitely a good addition to the neighborhood– glad Frederick finally has a decent BBQ option.

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    • We went to Rib City last night and left rather disappointed. Sometimes you expect staff to be a little awkward or not very knowledgeable when a restaurant first opens, but you can see the potential in them and you realize it’s more of them learning the new menu, management style, etc. Well, we didn’t even know how to sum up our server. I hate to say she seemed like she was on drugs; awkwardly stood by the table, not saying anything and wouldn’t leave the table. She would “space out” and just go completely silent and still not leave the table. She didn’t write down anything and seeing how she was acting, we weren’t surprised when she had to come back and ask us what we ordered because she couldn’t remember the two orders to put them into the computer. After we ordered, she also told us that it would be the last time we would see her until our food came, which I thought was rather interesting. I attempted, 4 times, to order a drink and after each request, was told they were out of that drink. The server did share with us that the restaurant can’t get their ordering straight because they’re always running out of items; not just beer, but actual BBQ as well. Again, this is what she said and I don’t know how accurate that is. Now on to the food, we were the 2nd table in the restaurant and we waited 25 minutes for our food. Others are right, the portions aren’t very large, all depending on what you get. My pulled pork sandwich was a rather small serving of pork on an overwhelmingly large bun. The pork itself was dry and kind of chewy. The french fries were comparable to something you would get out of a bag of Ore Ida frozen fries; not what we expected out of a BBQ joint. The cole slaw also seemed like something store bought but not very good. Also, they don’t have anywhere to unload their food trucks, so they seem to think it’s appropriate to have a huge 18-wheeler block in cars while they take however long to unload the contents.

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  8. Oh my gosh- Jen! I’m 99% sure we had the same server. I went last night with a friend and though the experience wasn’t good or bad enough to comment online about, I had to laugh at your post. We spent most of our meal trying to figure out what was going on– insomnia, medication, personality? I felt kind of bad for her. She was very pleasant, but yeah, not really there.

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    • I wonder if Rib City is going to make it. I never see anyone in there. And as excited as I was for it to open, I’ve not thought much about returning after that first visit. I’m guessing others feel the same- I think the word is out about the small portions. On another note, it looks like JimmyJohn’s is either open or very close to opening, as is GogiBop on the other side of Westview over by Mimi’s and WOW.

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    • I agree about Blues BBQ – certainly the best BBQ Frederick has to offer. I know that’s not saying much, but it really is great. Huge portions and delicious. I’ve only had a few items, but I want to try them all at some point.

      I’m thinking Rib City isn’t going to make it much longer. There’s never anyone in there. Yeah the struggling economy doesn’t help, but a lot of restaurants near there are doing great. The problem is the word is out about the small portions/poor value (and fairly average food, for that matter- although bad food doesn’t stop nearby Beef O’Brady’s from doing well). I think the perceived value issue will absolutely kill a restaurant around here- Fredericktonians want a lot of food when they go out to eat.

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