Good to the Bone: Barbecue Ribs in Beijing

Spanish ribs from Switch! Grill

Steak and seafood are worthy splurges, but when I've got something to celebrate, barbecue ribs are in order. Here's a list of some of my favorites.

I've always said that the best ribs are the ones I've just eaten, but these are loosely ordered by my preference. You've also got a decent geographic spread here across Sanyuan Qiao, Sanlitun, Dongsishitiao and the CBD.

Home Plate Bar-B-Que
RMB 150/180 for 5/8 ribs. I keep coming back to these, mostly because I can slather it in extra barbecue sauce.

RMB 106 for four ribs, comes with hush puppies (fried cornballs) and cole slaw. Delivery via Sherpa's.

Q Mex
RMB 85/158 for 3/6 ribs, comes with a side salad. The rub on these has a lovely kick to it.

Switch! Grill
RMB 160 for 270 grams. Comes with grilled broccolini and steak fries. Buy one get one free on Tuesday 6-8, or all day Tuesday with this Dianping coupon.

Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q
Pork ribs RMB 90, Beef ribs RMB 95. These are a touch dry, but the beef ribs are a nice alternative to the usual pork. You can get these delivered through Jinshisong, though it'll cost you extra.

TGI Friday’s
RMB 108/158 for 6/9 ribs. Comes with french fries, onion rings and a salad. Half off on Mondays through September. When I used to live in Haidian, this is where I'd go for ribs if I didn't want to make the trek to Chaoyang.

Photo: Switch! Grill


I reckon the ribs at Union Bar and Grill deserve a mention, they're pretty decent.

Also, Switch! Grill does all-you-can-eat ribs every Sunday evening. I wasn't impressed by the actual quality of the ribs, but you can have as many as you want?

coffeeandtv09: Thanks for the tip about Union's ribs!

When I called Switch! Grill last week, the staffer said they aren't doing the all-you-can-eat Sunday deal anymore and are offering the Tuesday buy-one-get-one deal instead.

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