Burbank >Food & Dining > Ribs Usa
2711 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA | Directions 9150534.159338 -118.331425
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM
When one walks in a BBQ Restaurant and sees a sign with the following... “The Texas Chop – chopped beef sandwich” as one of four lunch special sandwiches listed including “Pulled Pork”... what does one naturally assume? That the chopped beef sandwich is the chopped trimmings of their slow-cooked smoked BBQ Brisket as will ALL other BBQ restaurants since the beginning of BBQ restaurants.
NOT at Ribs USA! I’ve always ordered their ribs or ribs combo plates and been somewhat pleased with the product (not the best, nor he worse in LA where good BBQ Houses are far and few in-between). Today, I was in the area and decided I was in the mood for a delicious chopped beef (a.k.a. chopped brisket) sandwich topped with sweet BBQ sauce and coleslaw.
I ordered my sandwich to go and was DISGUSTED when I arrived home to discover is was a hamburger patty (the frozen kind from Costco) chopped up into chucks. WHAT the...? When I called the restaurant, the young guy that served me chuckled and said; “Yep, that’s their version of a Chopped Beef Sandwich.”
I told him it was misleading and I was extremely disappointing they would misrepresent a BBQ classic. The menu should read “Chopped Hamburger Patty Sandwich”.
And how dare they use the great state of Texas to promote it when in Texas, BBQ brisket is king. Furthermore, the bun was squished and soggy - it was disgusting and inedible and for this major BBQ faux pas, I will not be returning to RIBS USA, even for their other marginal menu items.
Incidentally, their cornbread is delicious, but mere cornbread alone doth not a good BBQ house make... as Shakespeare would say.
great food...... – First time here, was great food, all of the people working here were very attentive and friendly, for sure... If you are craving BBQ--I would definitely suggest it!! Totally laid back casual atmosphere.....:))
must go – Love the original bbq ribs! I can't believe how good they made these ribs. Thumbs Up!
Great Place! – Wow this place is awesome! I can't believe how good ribs could actually once I had one. A must Go!
Pretty good BBQ but EXPENSIVE! – I used to be a regular for a few years in the late 80's into the early 90's. Basically stopped going because they seemed to go through a period of inconsistancy and the prices started escalating. We had a urge recently for some BBQ and this being the only local BBQ in town (worth eating at, Smokin' Jacks isn't) we went and ordered food to go. The food was actually very good but! Their prices are plain ridiculous. We ordered one combo dinner that my wife and I shared and one other rib dinner for my son, a couple of extra side orders for our combo and the bill was almost $70, WOW! Guess we will only dine there on rare occaision, will probably make the drive to Glendale to Tony Romas.
Ribs U.S. eh – You can't put the word "Ribs" in your business name and have mediocre ribs but some how Ribs USA has pulled it off. Not only that, their brisket is just plain bad. I'd skip this place if you are craving ribs and bbq.
Average BBQ food at best! – Being a BBQ fanatic, I have eaten here many times, including all the way back when it originally opened as "Robbie's Rib Cage". (It has never been as good as Robbie's was). Robbie's sold out to Ribs USA and then went through a couple of changes of ownership as well as varying food quality as Ribs USA. The food used to be better and more reasonable with former management but, for some reason along their journey to today, their quality control has varied to the point that the consistancy of the food served varies from visit to visit. Sometimes tender, sometimes tough, sometimes too much fat. They used to have wing night on Tuesdays some time ago with all the wings you could eat for a single price and that was good eatin' and a fun atmosphere. I'm sure that they made up for the amount of wings that were eaten with all the beer they sold those nights because it was always busy and there was a lot of beer being served. But, somewhere along the line, they discontinued the wing night, jacked up their prices and let their consistancy slide. I would never say "don't eat there" because the food is still more than edible but because of the inconsistancy of the food from visit to visit, whichever day you go, it could be a good day or a bad day for the food, and they have become way to pricey for what you get. There are other BBQ restaurants in the valley that serve up food that is at least as good ,if not better for much more reasonable prices for generous portions. Give it a try and judge for you self, you just might get lucky and eat there on a good night, good luck.
Bad enough to make a barbecue fan cry. – If you've ever had GOOD barbecue, this place will sorely disappoint.
For the uninitiated: Barbecue should be slowly smoked for a long time, so that collagen/gelatin is rendered out into the meat, making it tender and juicy with unctuous goodness. The meat should have a distinct smoke flavor, perhaps even a visible pink smoke ring below the surface of the meat, on cross-section. The brisket and beef ribs I was served may as well have been boiled rubber bands with gelatin granules embedded. There was NO detectable smoke flavor in the meat, and it was obvious that the connective tissues hadn't been adequately rendered. The sauce was acceptable, but sloshing that over terribly prepared meat does not make it barbecue.
Also, the greens were downright bizarre. I think they may have been seasoned with ketchup and *pickling spices* of all things, as the potliquor (aka greens cooking liquid) had a tomato-red tint and the whole dish had a flavor reminiscent of over-seasoned, over-sweetened pickled beets. If that was just a regional recipe I'm not familiar with, it was highly disappointing. But if that was supposed to be a bowl of authentic Southern-style greens, then it was an abomination.
The diner might be warned of the bad things to come by the fact that one entire wall in the lobby is covered by faded, yellowed head shots of people who were never famous to begin with in the '80s. (The "crane game" machine was blocking some photos from view. I hope the people whose pictures are hidden never come in and see that.) Maybe the food here was better a couple of decades ago, but anyone who would endorse this place's food with an autographed photo nowadays deserves my pity, for they have never in their lives tasted the real thing.
After reading all the hype on ribs usa I thought I would give it a try.I went last night, strarted with the hot wings. I ordered the hottest one "runny nose". From being a spicy lover of food ,I thought this would be spicy . Not at all ,it was more vinegary taste than anything,but for other other people maybe this would be hot. A little let down .Okay So I was really hungry the waiter told me to order the full order of beef ribs. When I got them they it was 7 bigs ribs on a plate . I took a couple of bites it was pretty tasty but I have to say there seemed to be more fat than beef on the rib.I was pretty dissapointed. Great customer service.Never had a chancve to try the side dishes. I f I go back I will try the brisket. So only three strars for now. Maybe next visit will be better.
THE BEST RIBS EVER – Delicious ribs with the meat literally falling off the bone. Great BBQ sauce too. I also really like the rib tips, give those a try if you feel like using a fork! The macaroni & cheese is a little different, it's not super creamy and it has green peppers in it but I still like it. The atmosphere is super casual, they have free peanuts and you throw the shells on the floor. Great friendly and quick service. Highly recommended for food & service.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Ribs Usa on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.