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Chicago Rib Shack Aldgate East

Restaurants, American Aldgate
3 out of 5 stars

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3 out of 5 stars

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Branch of a mini-chain of US-style rib shacks.

As your meal arrives at this US-style barbecue joint, staff tie a plastic bib around your neck (motto: ‘bone appetite’). They also hand you a stack of branded wetwipes bearing the legend ‘messy pig’. And with good reason: CRS’s signature dishes are piles of ribs that vary from small baby back racks to gigantic beef bones that look like they’ve been hewn from a dinosaur. The sticky, saucy meat is packed with fatty goodness and blackened charcoally bits that taste like pork crackling. After you’re finished, you’re not going to look pretty.

It’s a fun, casual eatery packed with trendy post-industrial decor (lightbulbs mounted in egg whisks, drinks racks made of burnished copper piping and so on). It’s slightly too brightly lit to be a place to a linger, and the odd non-rib-based dish can be underwhelming (there’s something a bit 1980s about a portion of deep-fried pickles that includes cauliflower and carrot). For big hunks of nice, smoky flesh, though, this is a solid option.


Address: 60 Wentworth Street
E1 7AL
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Weds, Thurs, Fri: Noon - 11pm. Sat and Sun: 10am-11pm.
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