Heads up meat-lovers! Hot off the char-grill are some of Melbourne's best sticky, sweet ribs.
1. The Meat & Wine Co || 3 Freshwater Place. Queensbridge St. Southbank. (03) 9696 5333. themeatandwineco.com
This place is a steak lovers haven in Melbourne’s Southbank, and rib lovers will also not be disappointed! Order half or full racks of beef (Aussie Angus cattle under their Monte Beef Brand), lamb or pork ribs or a platter of all. Slow-cooked in a fine BBQ sauce, they’re finished on a flaming hot char-grill. Big crunchy chips too!
2. Limor’s International Bar & Grill Restaurant || 67 Kooyong Rd. Caulfield North. Ph: (03) 9509 8183. limors.com.au
Come here for twin racks of baby U.S. Ribs (although they’re hardly baby!). Hot off the char-grill, these ribs are sweet and sticky, you may just get it all over you but we think it’s worth it because the meat is tender and flavoursome and comes slathered in Limor’s famous BBQ Sauce.
3. Squires Loft || 166 Toorak Rd. South Yarra. Ph: (03) 9824 0999. Also in Docklands and CBD. squiresloft.com.au
Juicy and tender, piggy spare ribs marinated in a Squires Loft baste before being char-grilled to perfection, this traditional steakhouse serves pretty special ribs. Skip 500g, go for the kg, if you can, but these are definitely some of Melbourne’s best.
4. Hogs Breathe Café || Chadstone Homemakers Centre. 695 Warrigal Road. Chadstone. Ph: (03) 9568 8322. hogsbreath.com.au
Laying claim to perfect ‘Hogspitality,’ they do succulent baby back ribs or 1kg serves of US-style pork ribs – both smothered with a hickory smoked BBQ sauce. Meat falls of the bone. No shame – tackle the whole hog or share. A tad cliché but Hogs ribs are pretty fine.