MSP best BBQ Ribs today?
In a few days, I'm taking the employees at my small company out for BBQ for our holiday celebration. Where would you go for Ribs?
Rudolphs? Good texture and seasonings and sauce, but no smoke.
Market? Last couple of times they were too dry and tough.
Ted Cooks? Can't eat there. Variable results. Sometimes they're great, sometimes not so much.
Famous Dave's? Please. This place is a theme-park, not a restaurant.
Lee & Dee's? I don't like my ribs falling off the bone.
Right now, I'm leaning, reluctantly, toward Rudolph's. Maybe I should just make my own damn ribs.
In October, a group of chowhounds tried to settle the debate for ourselves. Read the results here:
Lee & Dee's has booths but it's really better for take-out. Perhaps add Aesop's Table in St. Paul to your list of candidates, though they do ribs only on certain days of the week (maybe Thursday?).
Also note that 128 Cafe has re-opened at last, and their ribs are back on the dinner menu. It's possible to reserve their back room for a group.
I would second Bakers but also say that Ikes downtown has really good ribs if you liked the type that the old Pickled Parrot use to have. That is the closest I have found. The Market is too variable. More than 1/2 the time the food is old and dry. I am more of a dry rub fan so Rudolphs does not do it for me. I have actually had some fair baby backs at Famous Daves but I understand your comment.
Try Bakers. It is like going back in time a little. Good luck!