Sharon Kenny, Special to news-press.com; 12:08 a.m. EDT April 2, 2014
Nothing makes me feel like a carnivore more than a rack of baby back ribs. Everyone has their own preferences with ribs, but I like them dripping in sweet, tangy barbecue sauce and so tender that the individual ribs pull apart and the meat falls off the bone.
No utensils? No problem. That’s how I like ’em.
I lived a few years in St. Louis next to the original K.C. Masterpiece Barbecue restaurant (yes the sauce people actually had a restaurant) and I must have eaten barbecue (as they called it there in the Midwest) at least once a week for years. So I went into serious withdrawal when I moved to Naples until I discovered Michelbob’s Ribs.
Michelbob’s is located on Airport-Pulling Road across from the Naples Airport. As you would expect for a ribs joint, it is very casual, but in a rustic, Northern fishing lodge style, not at all what you would expect in Naples, Fla. They claim to have served more than 20 million pounds of ribs in Naples since they opened in 1979.
But these are no ordinary ribs. Imported from Denmark, Michelbob’s ribs are exceptionally meaty and tender. There are lots of other things on the menu — chicken, sliced pork, even fish, but I’ve never wanted to try anything other than the ribs.
They’re served with the classic baked potato, baked beans and coleslaw. Open for lunch and dinner and takeout every day but Sunday (and dinner only on Saturday).
There is also a takeout location on Marco Island.
Sharon Kenny is the author of “Where Should We Eat? A Foodlover’s Recommended Places to Eat and Drink in the Naples Area.” Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go
• What: Michelbob’s Ribs
• Where: 371 Airport Road
• Call: 643-7427
• Website: michelbobs.com
• Baby Back Ribs (one full rack with potato, baked beans, coleslaw and garlic toast), $18.99
• BBQ Chicken (with potato, baked beans, coleslaw and garlic toast), $12.99
• The Beast (giant sliced Pork or Beef Sandwich with potato and coleslaw), $10.49 or $11.49
• Homemade onion rings, $4-$8