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Earl's Rib Palace

5508 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 603-1199

Earl's Rib Palace on Memorial Rd.

Earl's is one of several "mini-chain" barbecue restaurants around the Oklahoma City area, and is one of the most popular with locations in Bricktown, North Western (the original), and several other areas. The name "Rib Palace" more or less implies that ribs are the specialty, and most of what I have read on reviews indicates that this is the case.

My first visit to Earl's was at the newest location on Memorial Road near MacArthur, and there was no shortage of customers at this location. The various barbecue restaurants in Oklahoma City are almost as common as fast food restaurants, and I think they are almost as popular. Prices are a little higher than at fast food restaurants, but people rightly enjoy the quality of slow cooked meat and a variety of freshly prepared side dishes.

Ribs, potato salad, and corn
Rib dinner with potato salad and corn

Earls's has combination dinners, but the Rib Dinner seemed to be the most economical way to try the restaurant's specialty. It came with six ribs, and in full disclosue this was shared by two persons (which is what I would recommend for others given the quantity of meat served). Earl's also offers a "light portion" of any dinner for $2.00 less than the regular price.

The ribs were fall off the bone tender, and were well smoked with a very good flavor. In fact, I was ready to place this near the top of my list for ribs until I realized later that I was suffering the after-effects of a food allergy that gave me a MSG type headache (although I understand that Earl's does not use MSG). Because of this I don't know what other items I will be able to try, but I am sure the brisket, turkey, ham, pulled pork, etc., all have a good flavor as did the ribs.

The side dishes were not as outstanding as some I have tried in other barbecue restaurants. I liked the Potato Salad with the skins left on the potatoes, and I got to eat all of them because my dining partner did not share my fondness of it.

An order of Beans I got on the side was about average.

The Okie Toast was not as good as ones I have had at other barbecue restaurants, but it was enjoyable.

I did not get to try the corn on the cob that is pictured.

The onion that came with the dinner was so strong I wished they had served a pickle or some other garnish rather than this one.

One thing that made the ribs taste good was that they already had a good amount of seasoning on the meat before you add sauce. The flavor was very good, but I just had some type of problem with it. The flavor was good enough that I would encourage others to try the ribs if they are so inclined.



Cuisine: Barbecue
Cost: $$
Accessible: Yes
Additional Locations: 6816 N. Western, 4414 W. Reno, 216 Johnny Bench Dr., 2121 S. Broadway (Edmond), 920 S.W. 25th St. (Moore)
Smoking: No Smoking

Most Recent Visit
Jun. 13, 2011

Number of Visits: 1

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