Our chosen restaurant for this honor – The Tender Rib in Temple Hills, Maryland.
The Tender Rib restaurant grabs your attention from the road with a large smoker fired up and smoking in the front parking lot. After our meal we were looking forward to investigating it further only to learn that it was purely for decoration and advertisement… In that case – Mission Accomplished! The smoker that they use to cook the meat is inside.
The sauce was also very similar to other local establishments. We ordered the mild sauce (on the side of course). It was sweet and was ketchup based with brown sugar. The sauce complimented the ribs well. We also sampled the hot sauce – it definitely had a nice kick to it.
The sides were complimentary of the meal. We recommend the cole slaw.
Taste/Smoke Flavor: 7
Overall Impression: 7
Recommendation: Overall, the Tender Rib -- in texture and taste is very similar to the carryout’s we have reviewed in D.C. further cementing our feelings that there is a D.C. style, but more on that in the future. Of course what makes The Tender Rib stand out compared to some of the other D.C. venues -- it was nice to have a seat other than the tailgate of our car while we enjoyed our meal.
3443 Branch Ave.
Temple Hills, MD 20748