I love barbecued ribs, there’s something about a juicy stack of ribs oozing sweet and sticky sauce and a cold drink that just gets me in a good mood. I never turn down an offer to indulge in ribs and when I got the invitation to visit Golden Spur Steak Ranch, I got my appetite ready and made my way to the Southern Sun Hotel on Parklands Road.
Famed for their ribs and delicious cuts of meat, the 400 seater family restaurant was busy on the Friday night when I visited. From families with kids, to couples and groups of friends, the place was abuzz with laughter, conversations and playful squeals from the children running around the play area. The servers were silently yet efficiently attending to guests in a timely and professional manner. We walked past wooden beams and Native Indian artwork and headed for the patio seating area. Golden Spur’s ambiance is perfect for hosting celebrations such as birthdays and parties.
With a cold glass of wine to wash down our meal, we had Chinese wings with a side of fries for our starter. Since their opening in 1998, it has been evident that Golden Spur have kept their customers happy by being surprisingly generous with their meal portions. We chose to share the plate of wings between the five of us in order to be able to have space for the main act of the evening: ribs. The wings were spicy, slathered with their special sauce which I found went well with the side of fries; there was no need to add ketchup.
The moment we had all been waiting for arrived with our choices of mains. The signature spare pork ribs, chicken, pork chops, steak and buffalo wings accompanied by mashed potatoes, onion rings and fries were served hot. The cuts of meat glistened on the plates, inviting us to dig into the hearty meal. My friends who had ordered combos had no idea the war they were about to fight to clear their plates. A sudden silence engulfed our table as everyone attacked their meal with a pressing need to satisfy their cravings.
The stack of ten flavourful, tender and juicy spare pork ribs with a smokey taste and a perfect char were the tables’ favourite. No wonder the parking lot is usually full every Thursday when they have their all-you-can-eat offer for Ksh 1,800 per person. These ribs are overwhelmingly popular, so much so, that the kitchen serves over 400 kilos of ribs every Thursday.
The little ones are also not left behind on offers as they get to eat for free every Wednesday. The play area has a hive of fun activities for kids such as crayons, activity sheets and an action-packed play canyon to keep them entertained.
If you are a die-hard ‘carnivore’ and want a casual place where you can satisfy your craving for barbecued ribs, Golden Spur Steak Ranch should be your go-to. In fact, the Thursday offer is exactly what you should get.