Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack
After three years feeding the masses at its Fish Lane hideaway, the legends behind saucy barbecue-rib joint Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack expanded with a new location in Fortitude Valley. Formerly the home of Madame Rouge, the site’s new site at the base of M&A Apartments boasts cushy leather booths, red-velvet curtains and a central stone-topped bar, with plenty of room to swing a rack of ribs around. Like South Brisbane, the centrepiece of Big Roddy’s menu is ribs – baby back pork ribs, pork button ribs and beef short ribs – all seasoned, basted and chargrilled until incredibly tender. If you’re looking for something less messy, opt for Roddy’s cheeseburgers, fried-chicken burgers and the Ribwich – which comes with your choice of beef rib and brisket or slow-cooked pork rib, belly and shoulder. Rounding out the menu is a selection of wings’n’things and sides, including options like poutine (with bacon pieces), jala-macca-peno poppers, buffalo wings, corn on the cob, coleslaw, chicken strips, chilli fries and the buffalo fried cauliflower. Of Big Roddy’s four beer taps, two are reserved for Big Roddy’s own Champion Lager and Monteiths crushed-apple cider, while the other two will showcase a different brewer each month (all bottled varieties are Aussie craft drops). With more bar space to work with, Roddy and David will soon be introducing a cocktail list, bolstering its established selection of beer, wine and spirits.