That said, there’s no shame in trying all of them is there now? If you’re looking for a Christmas project that will induce local empowerment, bring great knowledge and even greater satisfaction, try working your way through these Pretoria rib joints, as they’re all worth it.
Heat Grill Room
Situated on the Garsfontein road in Woodlands, the Heat Grill Room has established a reputation for great ribs. A romantic spot for you and her or a great steakhouse for you and the family, evening meals show off their A-game, and the ribs are memorable.
RocoMamas Hazeldean Square
Boasting “the best burgers, ribs and wings” RocoMamas already has a dedicated following wherever the franchise pops up. The food is genuinely good, paired with an always-boisterous atmosphere. This is definitely a contender for top Pretoria rib joint!
MooMoo Meet & Whine
Another great option for ribs, Moo Moo’s attitude and atmosphere are great, and their steak and ribs world-class. There are a few Pretoria branches, with Menlyn Park and Brooklyn Square being the most convenient for most. A great vibe and reasonable pricing make this a must-try for rib fans.
Capital Craft Beer Academy Restaurant
Although better known for its liquid delights, Capital Craft can produce a mean rack of ribs too. A fantastic Menlo Park craft brewery that is churning out hearty ale, it’s remarkable that many of their dishes hit the sweet spot on flame-grilled goodies too. The ribs are no exception. If you’re one of those who always has a burger when there, give the ribs a whirl next time around — it’s likely to up your already good opinion of the place!
Situated in Nieuw Muckleneuk, Carbon Bistro is a vibey, almost fusion-food bistro. That’s the presentation, and they live up to it. That being said, good old steak or ribs are excellent here too, and if you sample opinions on any given night, many rib-eating patrons would say that they won’t eat ribs anywhere else. Definitely one to check out, and one of the Pretoria restaurants making ribs the delight they can be.
Hillside Tavern Grill
A venue able to elicit rave reviews from diners, the Hillside Tavern in Lynnwood seems to be making an effort to become known as THE rib venue in Pretoria. Ribs here are consistently good, and a smart yet relaxed atmosphere awaits you day and night. The Madagascar Pork Ribs are particularly mind-blowing, even for regular rib eaters.
Few restaurants maintain that delicate ability to produce awesome seafood and great meat dishes, but the ribs at Crawdaddy’s are as good as their prawns and calamari. With a branch in Silver Lakes, one in Menlyn and another in Brooklyn, it’s easy enough to sample the ribs at this vibey franchise.
Ribs & Burgers
With a name that says it all, Ribs & Burgers in Menlyn Maine lives up to its name and produces an awesome stack of ribs for the discerning nibbler. We have to give it to them — the beef, pork and lamb ribs are all done excellently, and there’s no compromise on their flagship dishes, no matter how it comes.
Hogshead Craft Beer Grill & Smokehouse
Situated in Hazelwood, this Hogshead is another restaurant going all-out to make some of the best ribs you can find in Pretoria. With the casual excellence of seasoned rib-makers, the Hogshead is persistently nominated for top Pretoria rib spot. You’ll find comments like “The best ribs ever!” online, and only a personal visit will determine whether you rank them as highly.
Rustica Rib House and Restaurant
When you bill yourself a ‘rib house’, you’d better ensure your ribs are noteworthy, something Rustica does with aplomb. With just enough style but without taking itself too seriously, Rustica serves up awesome ribs, and no proper review of available Pretoria rib racks can be complete until you’ve sunk your teeth into this restaurant’s fare.
Turn ‘n Tender
Last but for many certainly not the least, Turn ‘n Tender has been making great ribs for years. A proper steakhouse, there’s a branch in Menlyn and Sunnyside, and ribs are consistently good at either outlet. A smart yet down-to-business attitude permeates the restaurant and committed rib eaters will find a minor refuge here.
As the holidays approach, working your way through many of the great rib venues of Pretoria is a delightful project to contemplate. There are other venues, and the marketplace is constantly churning with restaurants vying for the top spot, but the rib venues listed above should keep you going happy and strong well into 2019.