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Got ribs?

Where do you guys go for ribs in or around Baltimore? I like them fall-off-the-bone tender and slathered with fresh-tasting tomato-based sauce. A nice onion loaf would be a bonus. I've tried Red Hot and Blue in Laurel and found it just OK, but nothing like what I remember of long-gone Wiley's in New York.

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  1. OK, I know it's a chain and I know no one is going to believe me, but Houston's has the best ribs I've ever had in my life. I was taken there last week and told I must try the ribs....they are absolutely fantastic. Tender and juicy very little fat (they boil them and then grill or something like that). I was really surprised.

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    1. re: krissywats

      I believe you. I used to pride myself on making fantastic ribs. After having Houston's ribs, I haven't made my own since...

    2. In Baltimore, Big Bad Wolf on Harford Road, in Cockeysville, Andy Nelson's. It's pretty much the consensus here. No onion loaf, though. Mt. Vernon and Corner Stable are also good.

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      1. re: ko1

        Big Bad Wolf is near my auto mechanic, so I'll try it in 2 or 3 years -- the next time I have my oil changed. ;-)

        1. re: ko1

          Good list, but I'd strike Big Bad Wolf. As for myself - I've yet to have a good meal there after several tries. In fact, the people that originally recommended the place to me have recently agreed the ribs haven't been good in a long time.

        2. I'm crazy about Andy Nelson's brisket, bbq beef, and smoked catfish, so I guess I'll have to take your other suggestions seriously. Guess I've been too busy to notice the ribs. His potato salad is the best I've had, too, and I don't even like potato salad.

          1. Andy Nelson's.

            I don't like Corner Stable at all. They're boiled and slathered with a too-sweet sauce. Andy's are perfect in every way -- cooked over wood, big and meaty.

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            1. re: JonParker

              You can't compare Corner Stable to Andy Nelson. Corner Stable offers McRibbynuggetbabybackbites. To be fair, I think they make a fine snack to have at the bar, it's just not anywhere near the same league as Andy's. Might as well compare a helium balloon to a jet fighter.

              1. re: Cohort

                That about nails it. I work in Hunt Valley, so my coworkers used to drag me there frequently. I started dragging them to Andy's, and most of them haven't been back since.

            2. Not exactly Baltimore, but Adam's Ribs. Several locations in Anne Arundel County. Severna Park, Edgewater, Eastport... yum....