5.079 TERRP 36(1.33) Racks: Racks Baby Ribs

-Cycle 5, Item 79-
25 (Tue) March 2014

Racks Baby Ribs


at Racks (Robinsons Place)

-Ermita, Manila-


Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll aim for the 36 establishments (currently--down from the initial 40) on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 36th restaurant in the series, the 33rd from the 1st floor.  Padre Faure Wing.

Previously covered restaurants (for installments 01-10, see post 11(1.11) below; for installments 11-20, see post 21(1.18) below):

- 11(1.11) Feb 5 / Wendy's (American) (see 5.031 Baconator Mushroom Melt) / 1.0 / $

- 21(1.18) Feb 24 / Ya Kun Kaya Toast (Singaporean) (see 5.050 Chicken Sa Po Fan...) / 2.0 / $

- 31(1.28) Mar 17 / Jollibee (Filipino) (see 5.071 Garlic Bangus) / 1.0 / $
- 32(1.29) Mar 18 / UCC Café Terrace (Japanese) (see 5.072 Zha Jiang Mian) (Chinese) / 2.5 / $$
- 33(1.30) Mar 19 / Uncle Cheffy (Western) (see 5.073 Cream Dory Meunière) (French) / 1.5 / $$$
- 34(1.31) Mar 20 / Kenny Rogers Roasters (American) (see 5.074 Roast Chicken Plate) / 1.5 / $
- 35(1.32) Mar 21 / Sakae Sushi (Japanese) (see 5.075 All Day Sushi Buffet) / 2.0 / $$

Racks is an American restaurant chain.  Locally owned.  Founded in 1992.  Currently 14 locations across Metro Manila, mostly in malls.  Name stands for "Real American Country Kitchen Style"--while trying to come up with a sarcastic quip, I decided that the name actually isn't so bad.  Mostly southern-style BBQ, ribs and chicken, plus all the fixin's.

"The Onion Brick" sounds lovely.

Most dishes ranging from 200 to 400 pesos per pax.

Classic American sides, no wonder Americans are so fat; the least fattening dish, the corn & carrots (which likely would've been too salty), was unavailable this evening.

The food wasn't too bad.  For starters, the babyback ribs were "fall-off-the-bone tender" as advertised.  However, marinated/brined in some melange of spices that I couldn't quite place, the flavor of the meat was a bit odd.  Would've been better to keep it simple and provide sauces on the side.  The sides were okay.  I doubt that I'll ever go back for more, perhaps the hickory smoked chicken, but I wouldn't object if I had to.

Cuttable-with-spoon tender.

cole slaw (2.5) + mashed potatoes (2.5) + garlic bread (1.5)

Unfortunately, I didn't realize until after the meal was over that they offer proprietary dipping sauces until later: one a "regular" BBQ sauce (2.5), the other an absurdly hot "extra hot" sauce (0.5).

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