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Hours

Regular Hours

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Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
East Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia, Germantown
AKA

Rib Crib BBQ & Grill

Categories
Barbecue Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Barbecue

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Bike Parking: No

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jfriedman82

05/22/2010

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Over-priced, horrible quality, overall downer.

So....there aren't that many places to go for ribs in the area. I tried this place out probably 5 years ago and was disappointed. I thought they were just having a bad night since i read great reviews online. Nonetheless, tonight I thought I'd give it a second try. For $14, i bought a half slab of ribs, with two sides, mac salad and potato salad. I had one rib, which was grisslie, hardly any meat on the bone, and it was tough. Isn't the meat suppose to fall off the bone? Who wants to fight with ribs. The potatoe salad was full of uncooked potatoes. The mac salad was full of sugar. Nothing like spending $14 on a meal and throwing it away. No wonder the place had more staff then patrons on a nice Saturday night. Grade: F

LPDNWPhilly

05/30/2009

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Yearning for a good rib feast - This did the trick

I had a yearning for a Saturday night rib feast and headed to the Rib Crib. The half-slab of short ribs(mild sauce) tasted exactly how I hoped it would. I've been visiting the Rib Crib, off and on, for the better part of twenty five years and always enjoy this special treat.

cgstock

01/19/2008

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not up to the hype

So I went because of all the good things I've heard. I won't be back. The ribs had no meat on them, the sauce was watery and the service so, so.

They don't take credit cards, fine I said. How much is my order? $52. I had to get my emergency $50 out of my wallet since I only had $46 on me. Then he says ""We don't take $50's"". I asked if they had a mac machine. No, sorry we don't. I offered to pay with the money I had or they could keep the food. He got up set, made change for my $50 out of his own wallet, then used the money to pay for my meal???? If your not going to take credit cards, take my cash. If your going to charge $52 for ribs, they should be better than they were.

mysweets

11/06/2007

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Existing past its prime!

Years ago I used to visit this place at least 2-3 times a month. For nostalgic reasons, I decided to re-visit to see if the ribs were as great as they were 25 years ago. I got the baby back ribs which were over cooked to the point that the rib meat was brittle. And regarding that special sauce, the secret recipe must have been lost because it was totally awful! That surprised me more than the brittle meat. But, just as in the past, people were lined up to get their ribs. That day, the food I purchased was so awful that just the mere mention of the establishment's name makes me want to gag. That's a far stretch from the smile that would come across my face when I would think about getting a great slab of ribs. I have to say that maybe I'm being hasty--maybe the last time I went they were having a bad day or the special sauce person was out sick! Sorry, no more visits for me--I'm done.

littlefeet

01/29/2007

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Overall
How the mighty has fallen

As a child, my mother as well as the rest of my family would anxiously await Friday or Saturday nights to get ribs from the RIB CRIB. We bragged to everyone about the food served. Unfortunately the product being served there now would make the owners of that time (Mr. & Mrs. Gray) toss their cookies after seeing what has become of the icon people flocked to from far and wide. My most recent experience is as follows: Going against the advice of my wife, on 1/27/07 I went to the RIB CRIB and purchased a slab of ribs and made it known to them that I would be carrying these ribs to NY to give to my cousin. The very professional man behind the counter instructed his staff to ?pack my ribs for travel?. The cost of $25 I thought was a little much but hey it?s the RIB CRIB. Later my wife pleaded with me to at least taste them before I took them to NY. Boy was I happy that I listened to her this time. What I purchased was boiled pork ribs placed in the pit for a few moments to give it a smoky flavor. Unfortunately that was the end of the flavor of the meat. The sauce, mere ketchup, vinegar and water. The meat was tough and as I gnawed on it I thought of how far this staple of the neighborhood had fallen form its original grace. Never mind that the cheerful man behind the counter was very professional, in my opinion he had just sold me a slab of garbage. In lieu of what once was to continue to utilize the name held so near and dear to thousands in this city, the owners should cease and desist in selling boiled ribs covered with less than acceptable sauce and calling it barbeque. In other words your doors should close. According to regulations, I am required to be fair and this is as fair as I can be. This is my first message and the owners of the RIB CRIB are responsible for its content. Thank you.

roncherie

12/08/2006

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Overall
BEST RIBS IN PHILLY!!!!

THEY ARE UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST RIBS IN PHILLY!! ALWAYS CONSISTENT WITH QUALITY, FLAVOR AND QUANITY. I HAVE VISITED SEVERAL OTHER RIB STOPS AND NONE CAN TOUCH ""THE RIB CRIB"" THE HOSPITALITY IS THE GREATEST. ALSO, CAN BE EDUCATIONAL IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

gdub1

04/06/2006

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Overall
Best in Philly

The ribs are great. The owner himself opens the door and greets you on many occasions. He's a gentleman with a handlebar mustache. There are great pictures of local celebs on the walls.

chitown_native

05/08/2004

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Overall
Keep your day job

Being from Chicago, I KNOW BBQ, and ribs. This place was recommended, and I was greatly disappointed. The chicken was fair, the ribs were awful, and no good sides offered. Although I was impressed with the gentleman greeting us at the door, (seeing as though most east coast people are abrasive) I just wasn't impressed with the food.

groverwiii

03/16/2004

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Awsome Ribs at Rib Crib

Rib Crib is the greatest rib spot in philly if not the east coast. Although it's only take out, it can't be beat. From the sawdust on the floor to the photos of prominent blacks lining the walls, Rib Crib is an example of old fashioned soul food style take out. When the food is this good, there is no need to serve anything but mouthwatering ribs with a side salad or a whole bbq chicken! Other places may be open more days a week and may have more ambience, but the ribs make the wait and the location more than worth it!! Put on your bib and dig in!!

valschillin

06/22/2003

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Overall
look for the neon pig!

great place to eat!!! there is a gentleman to greet u when u first arrive who opens the door, and the staff is very friendly also. the service is quick and the food great! i highly recommend this treasure. also check the photos of local and philly celebs on the wall...look for the neon pig!!!

B_Taylor

04/25/2003

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Rib Crib

The Rib Crib has the best bar-b-que I've tasted but they are not always open. Just when you have the taste in your mouth for a slab you ride by and they are ""closed for renovations"". What's up with that?

When you catch them open, it's worth the trip.

lipierce

12/21/2002

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Overall
A Taste worth savoring

The food is absolutely terrific. The owner and staff are friendly. The service is promt.

JonnieT98

11/01/2002

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Overall
Leather Crib?

I was not impressed! The server behind the counter seemed annoyed that she had to get up and prepare my take out. The ribs were overcooked and like "" leather "".
Forget about parking near the store.
The place needed a cleaning as well.

grandmomlois

10/26/2002

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I call it the RIP Crib!

I've purchased rib platters at this ""carry-out"" restaurant on two separate occasions. First and foremost, they were overpriced.

Although the meat was flavorful, it was so tough and stringy I couldn't eat it! They wrap the ribs in paper unless you ask and pay extra for aluminum foil (no styofoam or paper containers).

As for side dishes they offer commercially prepared potato salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw and the protions are extremely small.

The place SMELLS goodwith its open BBQ pit. The atmosphere is ""comfortable"" with its array of celebrity photos adorning the walls. The service was relatively fast as the stafff is friendly and efficient.

However, on balance - the Rib Crib is a BIG disappointment!

K444one1

10/21/2002

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Overall
Fair

the ribs are fair and it is to crowed with loong lines.
price to high for the meal you get.

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