H.I. Rib & Co - Conshohocken - open? good?
in topic http://www.chowhound.com/topics/491861, this resto was mentioned as supposed to open in June. Anyone know if they did? If it's any good? DH and I are dying for some cajun food, would be awesome if we could get it on our home turf.
I've been to H.I. Rib three times. Service has been efficient and friendly each time. The baby back ribs with wet sauce were scrumptious on the first and second visits, but I found them seriously lacking on the latest trip. My ribs and baked potato were served at room temperature. The ribs seemed to be of lesser quality than my earlier experiences. I did not complain about the food because of what I've heard/read about waitstaff/chef paybacks. My dining partner raved about how scrumptious her ribs and baked sweet potato was.
Anybody fresh updates on H. I. Ribs..??
I'm surprised to hear it's been resuurected in the Philly suburbs..
as I also remember when it was in Egg Harbor Township/Mays Landing area , (near Atlantic City), but it must've been about 10 years since they've shut down there!
(even though the "for sale" sign, and the "H.I. Rib" sign still remains on the building on Rt. 40/ Black Horse Pike.. it is near the Library steakhouse restaurant)
Yes, it's been open for about 3 mos., but except for one dish, cajun catfish, it does not have any selection of cajun
Here is my just drafted review of H.I. Ribs (for The Trend Newspapers).
THE MAIN COURSE
By Mitch Davis
H. I. Rib & Co.
505 W. Ridge Pk., Conshohocken 610-940-1444
Cuisine: American grille.
Hours: Lunch Dinner.
Prices: Apps., Soups, Salads $xxxxx (avg. $x); Entrées, $xxxx, (avg. $xx)
Reservations: . Credit Cards: All major accepted
Alcoholic Bevs: . Wheelchair Access:
Franchise steak and rib chains are sprouting and proliferating; …well, like the mushrooms they serve. Making their recent appearances in our county are the Texas Lone Star, Texas Roadhouse, Ted’s Montana Grill (it seems putting a western state in the name is supposed to lend authenticity), Longhorn Steakhouse, Redstone American Grille (reviewed in this column, Oct. 15), Outback Steakhouse, Fleming’s Steakhouse, et al. Now comes H.I. Rib & Co. in the spot that had been a Texas Lone Star. And with only two locations, the other in Pennington NJ (since 1982), it is a long gestating embryonic “chain,” just getting started.
The questions I asked myself on going there one Friday night in late November, was: why another(!) chain ribs & steakhouse restaurant? And: what did this neophyte chain have to offer not already well-covered by the older existing franchise steakhouses. To these questions H.I. Rib & Co. came up short. I saw little new to distinguish it, nor was there an excellence in any restaurant category that exceeded its older rivals. For overall food quality, service, and ambiance Fleming’s and Redstone Grill are superior, and from all reports, so is Ted’s Montana Grill.
Furthermore, compared to the elaborate, attractive interior of, for example, the Longhorn Steakhouse, H.I. Rib’s dining room is plain, it’s bare walls only sporadically covered with a few old musical instruments, nostalgic photos of 50s and 60s entertainers, and two large statues of the Blues Bros.
The only thing I will give H.I. Rib is that its selection of rib styles is quite extensive, including St. Louis style spare ribs, baby back ribs, Texas style short ribs, dry rubbed and New Orleans style ribs, plus a few others. There is even an unusual, “ribless rack” (no bones).
OK, it also gets good marks though for its well-spaced tables, low noise level acoustic ceiling tiles, plethora of comfortable booths, and its colorful, large clean tropical fish aquarium. Also a plus is the handsome bar across the full width on one side of the restaurant.
The young serving staff is all in black, their T-shirts emblazoned with the motto, “Keep on ribbing,” a lame take-off on the Grateful Dead’s “Keep on truckin’.” They showed their greenness, however, when our two entrées were delivered even as we were taking our first bites from the bread basket, spoonfuls of soup, and house salad brought only moments earlier. To their and the kitchen’s credit, the two ill-served hot dishes – a “junior” size rack of baby back ribs ($14.95) and the beef brisket sandwich ($9.95) – were quickly removed, returned to the kitchen, and later replaced with two freshly prepared dishes.
The ribs were meaty, tangy, tender, and well-sauced, and came with a large baked potato, and a cup of chopped cole slaw. The bisket was also tender, in a rich brown sauce, and filled a tasty, fresh onion roll and included some great seasoned fries.
Only satisfactory was the crock of French onion soup. It had a thick top layer of melted cheese and lots of onion below, but the broth was more like instant beef bouillion than the rich onion broth I was hoping for.
On the other hand, our shared house side salad’s ingredients were all especially fresh. So too were the bread basket’s goodies – warm baked sliced bread, and mini corn muffins with butter.
Overall Rating: mm 1/2 (out of 5 m’s) fair… mainly a magnet for ribs lovers.
To contact Mitch Davis, you can e-mail him at: MdavisMainCourse@aol.com
re: MITCH DAVIS
re: MITCH DAVIS
Hi Mitch! finally got that review in my Trend today. Was thinking of emailing you the pet peeves you requested from readers but I tend to vent on chowhound for that whole instant gratification thing. Your review made me hungry for Redstone Grill. Thanks for all the hard work and keep on chewin"! My trend has been mitchless lately too iamstarving. WB.
Went this past Friday. Crowded, but no wait..seated almost immediately. Pleasant interior, basic. Agree with a good, not great rating. Would go back again...and would add...
Ribs are pretty tasty...the beef rib..was really great upon our visit. (in the rib sampler). Cajun ribs not so spicy..but tasty. My wife thought the dry rubbed was pretty good.
Sides...garlic mashed and coleslaw.
Coleslaw...aaaah....not so good....actually a haggard looking shredded greyish mess. Definitely could be bigger...most definitely better.
Garlic Mashed....so damn good..the best approximation of smooth as silk instant with some real bits added in to fool ya we ever tasted...hey what the....
Golden Monkey...a beer worth having.
Had lunch there today.
Service was quick but it also was not busy.
I had a pulled pork sandwich and my coworkers got the jr rack. Pretty tasty but no lunch menu set up during the day.
You are ordering off the full dinner menu.
Sandwiches run in the 8-10 dollar range and entrees between 12-and 20 bucks.
Ate there around 5:30pmish this past Saturday.
Service wasn't great (said we'd have to wait for bread as it was baking but he served it to other tables so we were confused - I felt it was maybe the first time he was doing this, he was a bit awkward with other patrons as well) but that never stops me from eating at a good place.
Hubby had the multiple rib plate which was a little more than $20 (only includes one side item) and I had half chicken/rib combo.
All the ribs were good except the polynesian ones (no real taste - added the bbq sauce on the table and it was very good) and the single beef rib that was a tad dry.
The cole slaw looked old and was tasteless - that was a disappointment .
Chicken breast was incredibly dry (dark meat wasn't) but the bbq sauce was good.
Sweet potato was good - they don't add anything to it and it is accompanied by butter and country crock cinnamon spread.
I'll try it once more after another month or 2.
It IS open. My wife stopped in a brought home some take out. We had a really good Rib combo platter & a sweet potato. My young son had the chicken fingers. The ribs were surprisingly good, as was the sweet potato! My usually very fickle son totally enjoyed his meal! I/we look forward to our return, which will be soon as it is very close to where we live. I will update on the whole experience at that time!
We have already been back 3 times!! Ribs are truly amazing! The sides ranges from fantastic to "pretty good" . The service has been pleasant, prompt and fine. My only problem with this place is that it is way too close to my home and I am trying to shed some bulk! I hope that H.I.Rib stays this good, cause we need some really good BBQ places up here!
Back in the 90s there was a HI Rib in Egg Harbor Township NJ,and then after that they moved to Rt 40 in Mays Landing.They were Ok,nothing special for BBQ as I recall but I dont remember them as being even remotely Cajun.Seems odd that they would reincarnate in the Philly burbs,I guess it may be a completely different outfit.
Sorry about the address mistake. I was looking at the Plymouth Township zoning map, which does not show the names of the property owners, only addresses.
The address of H.I Rib (old Lonestar building) is 505 W. Ridge Pk.
The restaurant's phone number is: 610-940-1461
However if you entered "421 Ridge Pk, Conshohocken" into your TomTom, I think you would still manage to find H.I. Rib next door to Ray's Appliances.
The cajun place was Le Bon Temps. H.I. Rib is bbq although I guess they sort of have a cajun/jazzy theme but the food is pretty much straight up bbq. Cajun-spiced ribs and catfish are about the closest you get. You can see the menu at www.hirib.com
I went to the Pennington location many years ago and it was pretty decent. Not spectacular, but Mercer County isn't exactly a barbecue mecca, and neither is Conshy for that matter, so I'm looking forward to having a new bbq source close to home.