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Wagner's Ribs in Porter, NW Indiana

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Steveh Feb 16, 2007 07:50 PM

Just moved from NYC to NW Indiana, tonight we ried Wagner's Ribs. I have to say, pretty darn good. First off, really great wings, even my wife who doesn't like wings had to admit they were killer. Outstanding.

Ribs were tasty and fell off bone. Yes, someone mentioned they're beef ribs at this place. Not quite as fattylicious as sometimes possible with pork -- but very good. Mashed potatoes/gravy side was excellent, though barely room temp (I'll let them slide this time), cole slaw was nothing special, griddle corn cakes (good). Will definitely will go back and try other things.

Nice and diverse selection of bottled beer.

Someone mentioned that this place is pricy. Not really. A couple can easily share a full rack ($16) and a few apps and walk away feeling ridicu-stuffed.

Recommended.

Sal

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    Mugs Feb 17, 2007 05:55 PM

    Glad to learn of this place. Have you an address?

    Try Smokey's Southern BBQ between Chesterton and Michigan City, too.

    Welcome to the Midwest.

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      Steveh Feb 19, 2007 04:56 AM

      Wagner's Ribs
      361 Wagner Rd.
      Porter, IN 46304-1752
      219-926-7614

      Note they don't allow kids, not even babies, which is a little unfortunate.

      I've been wondering about Smokey's too, since I've passed by it a few times and someone mentioned on this board. Good to know there's some good grub in the area!

      SA

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        Daniel755 Mar 30, 2009 07:13 AM

        You'll all be happy to know that the wagner's in Valparaiso is kid friendly, and even has a kids menu. My wife takes my "rib-lovin' son" there from time to time.

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        trudietootie Feb 19, 2007 03:03 PM

        I hope Smokeys has improved.Last time I was there the pulled pork was just texture for the BBQ sauce.

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          Danimal Feb 20, 2007 11:47 PM

          The first time I went to smokey's I dined in, and the sauce was in squirt bottles on the tables. The second time I got carry out, and like you said, it was a bbq sauce sandwich. South street smokehouse here in lafayette does the same thing with their pulled pork. i don't get it. its a simple fix though, sauce on the side.

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          marilyn9 Feb 19, 2007 03:50 PM

          thanks for the recommendation and will be excited to go there. Ask your neighbors about Phil Schmidts if you haven't been there. we're getting to the (smelt) season. Also, you may want to take a run out to Jack Gibbon's Gardens which is not too far from you via the tollway. While it's a steak place (and hasn't changed in 30 years) the fried chicken and hash brown potatoes are terriffic.

          1. DetectDave Feb 26, 2007 03:09 AM

            I will second both Phil's & Jacks. Jacks is my very fave "ratpack" style restaurant and I drive there from St. Louis.

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              1016rhonda Mar 1, 2007 09:46 PM

              All the ribs at Wagners are pork, not beef.

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                millerbeachbum May 3, 2007 01:06 PM

                I am so glad you liked Wagner's, have been going there for years. It gets really crowded in the summer especially Sunday nights when the weekenders head back to Chicago. I have been wanting to try other things on their menu because they look and sound so good but I always end up getting the ribs. Try the double baked potato next time and the baked beans. Last week had friends over to the beach and I bought Wagners prepackaged heat and serve ribs. They were just as tender and came with a lot of sauce. We bought them at Remus's farm stand in Lake Station/Hobart for $11.99 a slab but I think they are sold at various stores in the area.

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                  princessamanda46368 Jul 24, 2008 11:01 AM

                  Don't be fooled by the heat and serve prepackaged ribs sold by "Wagner's" in the store. Being an employee of Wanger's, I can tell you they are not the same as in the resturant. If you want true Wagner's prepackaged ribs, we sell them in the resturant for $12.99.

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                    CorinneM1 Jul 24, 2008 02:00 PM

                    Can you please explain why kids are not allowed? Is that policy still in place?

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                      bbison Sep 8, 2009 02:07 PM

                      No kids is still the policy--just called them to confirm.

                      We asked them about the kid policy last time there, and we were told it was because their liquor license is for a bar, not a restaurant. Which makes sense, if you were there 20 years ago it really was just a bar with a few tables. After a couple of expansions, it seems more restaurant-like than ever.

                      Kids or no kids, it's a must stop for me when in the area.

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