RIBS & BURGERS has actually been around for quite a while. A chain of (more upmarket) burger and rib joints with seventeen venues in Australia and one in the UK. I visited them a few years back a couple of times before I started my burger odyssey and they were ok, but I put them down to being a chain and nothing special. A few years has passed now and I visited to shoot a new chicken burger a friend of mine had created to win a competition. While I was there I smashed their Wagyu, Chimmi and Swiss burger and fell in love. That chicken burger I shot won me a $500- voucher at any of their venues so I packed off ten of my biggest food whores and off we set to the Sydney location in The Rocks.
RIBS & BURGERS VENUE:
They do have lots of venues but I am concentrating on the venue in The Rocks. Their Chatswood location however is on a corner of a main intersection but the layout is similar, just a fair bit smaller. The Rocks venue is on George St right where the markets start if you have visited on the weekend. Their outside section is HUGE and half of it is covered. It can get breezy if you sit outside and be warned – it is visited by Sydney seagulls and the occasional pigeon so be on the lookout for your food.
Our outdoor table easily sat ten of us and I didn’t venture inside besides the momentous task of annoying a queue while I ordered $500- worth of food. But from memory and from their venue stylings the furnishings are a tad vintage, bordering on country rustic with a good feel of warmth and welcome. It’s a place you wouldn’t feel out of the place if the venues occasionally had straw on the floor and you pushed the furniture aside on the weekends to get in some line dancing between burg and rib courses.
RIBS & BURGERS MENU:
Everything I discover about RIBS & BURGERS impresses me more and more. Their patties are grass fed, hormone free, 100% pure beef patties and free range chicken breasts are used for the chicken burgs. Their buns are made from organic flour, they slightly toast them and they put lettuce on the bottom – this gets MASSIVE bonus points from me. Lettuce on the bottom ALWAYS PEOPLE – it stops the juices soaking into the bun!! Their ribs are slow cooked for 8hrs and they support local farmers, sponsor community groups and help feed those less fortunate. These guys and gals are basically saints! And just to throw that halo on top they also have a full page on their website explaining allergens in all of their meals. But wait there’s more – they also have a separate halal menu!! Epic effort Ribs & Burgers!!
WHAT WE ORDERED:
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Famous Fries
- Crispy Onion Rings
- Chilli Chicken Wings
- BBQ Chicken Wings
- Dinosaur Pork Ribs
- Pork Baby Back Ribs
- Pork St Louis Ribs
- Beef Ribs
- Lamb Ribs
- Butcher’s Original Burger – Beef Patty, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles with BBQ and Auntie Joan’s pink sauce
- The Aussie Burger – Beef patty, beetroot, pineapple, swiss cheese, bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles with BBQ and Auntie Joan’s pink sauce
- Wagyu, Chimmi and Swiss Burger – Lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, Swiss cheese, egg, onion jam & chimichurri mayo
- Wagyu Tower Burger – Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, crispy onion rings, BBQ & Auntie Joan’s pink sauce
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
The food and the service was close to flawless. The chips – delicious – avoided them as much as I could because I needed to get through everything else. The onion rings however I will always order when at Ribs & Burgers, they are quite simply…. my favourite onion rings – I just couldn’t stop! I also inhaled a salted caramel milkshake to start which was silly, as while yummy, it did fill me up.
The chicken wings were insane – I couldn’t pick a favourite out of the BBQ or the Chilli. One is sweeter and the other spicy. I would order them both together for variety haha.
As for the ribs – I can’t fault them and found them as good as the burgers. They were nice and tender with a superb amount of marinade that didn’t taste overly sweet and out of a packet. If I had to get serious about them I wouldn’t order the lamb again as the pork and beef dominated. If I had to pick a favourite – the beef won for me!
Then there was burgers – HEAVEN!! The Wagyu, Chimmi and Swiss Burger was sublime – will be eating that one again and the Aussie Burger is a personal fave wherever they are served. Egg and beetroot on a burger is Aussie heaven and I can’t get enough – it just needed pineapple. I did not get to indulge in the Wagyu Tower but they all disappeared quickly.
If it was a bell curve for my scoring I would have to score Ribs & Burgers lower. The patties aren’t as magically crafted as (for example purposes) Bar Luca or BBJ or Mister G. The patties are good but they aren’t next level good. But I don’t score on a bell curve so every venue starts with 5 Spoons and points get deducted. The burgers were bloody delicious so they don’t lose points.
RIBS & BURGERS is way better than my pea-sized brain at first imagined. Their food level, venues and support of local produce and charities alone deserves more attention. They may be a burger and rib chain but they are on another level compared to what you may count as a “chain.”
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 2/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambiance, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 0/1 bonus
Ribs and Burgers The Rocks Deets:
PH: 02 9251 4488
88 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
BOOKINGS: Unsure – check with venue
SUNDAY – THURSDAY: 11AM TO 930PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 11AM TO 10PM
LOCAL DELIVERY: Yes
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes – limited
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes – limited
KID FRIENDLY: Most definitely
*** This event was paid for with a Gift Voucher I won in a Photo Competition ***
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