I happen to like pulled pork a little, so when Shanes Rib Shack came up for review, I didnt hesitate to sign up.
The pulled pork was tender and cooked perfectly.
I bought the pork by the pound the first time I went, and it was well received by all who had it.
Shanes has its own special sauce and it was not too sweet and not too spicy. I also tried the mustard sauce, which was tangy without making my nose run.
They also had a hot sauce and a spicy sauce, neither of which I tried, but they are available for those who enjoy sauces with a little more zip.
The hit of the night was the Brunswick stew.
Much more stew-like than most places, this got a thumbs up from everyone who tried it. It was spiced just right with onions and peppers and had a nice consistency.
One of my fellow tasters had the fried chicken tender salad, which she said was very good with lots of chicken. The lettuce was crisp. She did say the bread on the side was very salty, but that was the only problem.
My friends and I also tried the pulled chicken, but on the night we had it, the chicken was very dry.
I had the grilled chicken tenders with teriyaki sauce and the chicken was moist that time, which leads me to believe it must have been an off night for the pulled chicken.
One of my friends who isnt a macaroni and cheese fan said Shanes mac-n-cheese was some of the best hed ever had.
The sampler plate is probably the best deal. For $10.99 you get a lot of pork, some ribs and tenders, along with two sides. The ribs were very meaty and tender.
The banana pudding was OK. I like whipped topping on mine and the pudding part seemed to be the instant variety, but it was tasty enough for a dessert and not badly priced at $1.99.
The service at Shanes was very good, too. It is counter service to order and then a sit-down type of place if you want to dine-in. There are a few televisions around the restaurant set to anything from CNN to ESPN. The country music could have been a little lower, but probably with a fuller house it would have just been background noise.
Overall, the food at Shanes was very palate pleasing. Since it is also close to my house, I think Ill be heading that way more often when I crave some Southern barbecue.
Shanes Rib Shack
Address: 670 Lake Joy Road, Suite 400, Kathleen
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays
Payment: Cash, credit, debit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Moderate
Health Rating: 100
Price range: Plates range from $8.99 and up, sandwiches are $5.49 and up
Rating: Three stars