1627 South St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914639.944264 -75.169731
Simple and Great – Some might not like that a place runs out of food but I believe its the mark of a great restaurant. Would you rather have food that is a day old or something fresh? At Ron's everything is cooked daily and it's easy to know all this because if you get there too late in the evening all of the favorites are usually gone. It's certainly well worth the trip and get there before 8pm and you will be fine. Love the food and the sides.
Delicious – I really like Ron's Ribs. The owner is very nice. The reason the hours are odd is probably because he re-enrolled in college a while back. He's a super friendly guy. Sure it's a pain that the hours are odd, but personally I think that's what makes this place so special!
Please buy this place and save it from themselves – I have to admit that as much as I can not stand the folks who work there, the desire for the ribs is to great. I eat them plain, no sauce, and keep the sides. The ribs are out of this world, but everything else is garbage. They use the least expensive ingredients, the service is disgraceful, and they do not know the meaning of consistency. They keep odd hours, run out of ribs (how do you run out of your main product?) have a very rude young lady who works there. I'm amazed that they are still here. It's time to take a mop and bucket, get a new owner, and bring this gem back to glory
Best beef ribs in corn bread in the city – Lured in by the smell of smoke, I got one of the best meals I've had in this city. Easily The best cornbread I've had anywhere above North Carolina. Fantastic beef and pork ribs that would make even the best southern pit masters salivate( We ordered the beef ribs and Ron gave us a sample of his fantastic pork ribs, both went great with his spicy bbq sauce. Delicious mac and cheese as well. Can't wait to try there pigs feet, they;ll be my first and based on the smells emanating from the restaurant, I know they'll be good.
one time event – 1st time i stumbled across this place after just moving to the city it was great. i got the beef ribs and the chicken. the sides were pretty good, but the mac and cheese can use a little work. either way the service was girl and the one girl working there was fast and polite.
now the 2nd time a whole nether experience. supposedly the guys i met was ron himself but rumor has it that i met kevin and that ron actually died years ago..fraud!! anyways he seemed real rushed and occupied with whatever was going on next door. i felt absolutely no hospitality. and they are still yet to have a menu to take home. this time i got the pork. BAD IDEA, they were terrible and the foolish man thought he could fake me out by puttin one juicy slab on top wit boat load of sauce while the bottom slabs were dry enough for fire would. i didnt finish the meal, i was embarassed that PHIilly would promote such an establishment. and talk about irresponsible they dont even have set hours. i am sure that ron would not appreciate it. its like either be a resturante and have normal hours or go do watever u need to do next door and close the shop down for the serious business owners. south street is letting me down for bbq. i give up!!
Nothing special here... – Was driving through the city today with my daughter, and passed this place on South Street. Being in the mood for BBQ, I thought I'd give it a shot. I even checked reviews on my cell phone before going in, and thought I found a gem with all of the glowing reviews...
The place is definitely a dive, which isn't a problem. A very small place, that emits a nice smokey aroma. I thought that the menu was on the size of an index card, was a little strange, but once again no big deal. So I ordered...Chopped pork sandwich, corn bread and baked mac and cheese. Thought this would be plenty for my daughter and I to split. Opted for the pork instead of the ribs, because my daughter is only 17 months . Thought I'd be able to keep my hands cleaner with a sandwich. Food was ready in no time, and was definitely steaming hot. Except, I was a little surprised to find out that sandwich meant BBQ pork laying on white bread. I'm not anti-whitebread, but this is not the time for it. If it was at least toasted ,I would have been ok with it. The white bread quickly turned to a sloppy mess. The pork itself was so-so. Nothing special here. Same with the sides, they were ok. The $12 for the meal seemed a bit pricey for what it was, but not a big deal. I'd pass on this place, unless the ribs are that much better.
Then ONLY place for ribs in Philly! – I've been suckin down ribs from this South Street storefront since 1979 (Formerly Bea Bea's Lawnside BBQ). The neighborhood has changed alot over the years ( for the better) but the ribs and the sauce have stayed great. Very consistent quality of meat, always slow cooked in the wood fired pit. Several sides available but the cornbread and candied yams are the best. I like to mix the hot and mild sauce - hot sauce alone will definitely make you sweat. Smokey inside but there are several tables outside that make a nice place to eat to stay on the street.. Kevin is the owner and BBQ master. Interesting guy to talk with on a wide array of topics. Highly recommended even if you have to drive in from the burbs.
LOVE the food and service – I was on vacation in philadelphia heard about RONS RIBS through a few friends it was some of the best barbeque I have eaten in a long time the owner ron was there not only did he have good food the service was great its a little place but its worth the wait ( its was a line) , the Beef ribs where delicious, cornbread out of this world the sauce is HOT, thanks RON can not wait to come back from LA to try you again keep up the good work
no service – i had heard good things about ron's ribs. growing up in the south i love great bbq. i heard ron's was the best, so i went. the website says they're open till 3am on the weekend, i figured that wasn't true, but i went anyway around 12 one night, not open. that wasn't such a big deal, so i went back a few days later....at 8pm. not open. again i went during the evening and again they weren't open. i give up on ron's bbq. i have since asked around and people are not so pleased with ron's anymore, quality is down and apparently they are all a bunch of potheads, so im told, buy other potheads. i guess there to busy smoking to be smoking ribs, how unfortunate.
the shiznack – As I was walking down south street with a friend, I was looking for places we could eat later on in the day. Once we smelt this delicious smell, our mouths watered and we HAD TO come in immediately. I am happy to say that Ron's ribs, tastes even better than it smells. They were VERY freindly and their prices made me happy. As a matter of fact, I'm about to head up to Ron's ribs right.................. about............ NOW!
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