Doused in sauce, grilled, barbecued or grilled — USA restos here sure know how to B-B-Q.
Nothing spells American than a backyard barbecue (especially for the 4th of July celebrations), but if you are lazy and just want to eat out (not “cook out” and clean up), there are plenty of choices on the island to have your meats plated and served. From oldies-but-goldie establishments to modern and hip F&B operations, here are 8 spots in SG to have your fill of a barbecue.
If you’re looking for an all-American diner experience, then Smokey’s BBQ is the place to go. It’s not just the generous portions that make this smokehouse a must-try, Smokey’s also offers a great pick of cocktails and beers in a laidback, fuss-free environment.
Start with a bowl of Smoked Beef Chilli Nachos before moving on to the US Prime Beef Brisket, popular with diners for its tender, juicy meat that falls right off the bone. If you’re heading out for midweek wings, Smokey’s does $1 Buffalo Wings all night long every Wednesday (order by the half dozen).
People come specially to be seen at this homey-meets-industrial looking diner for a few reasons: it’s located at the hip Telok Ayer, has rolled out a new Saturday brunch (that has a sweet & savoury banana bacon toast), and it still offers the most drool-worthy roasted meat dishes. What’s worth the trip: the huge chargrilled Cote de Boeuf (bone in prime rib) and leg of lamb roasted whole on bone. Other highlights include the hipster-beloved chicken and waffle — it comes drizzled with whisky maple syrup — and lobster roll.
Imagine a meat resto gone modern, contemporary bar-bistro — that’s Dallas Restaurant & Bar. While there are three outlets at prime locations in SG — Marina Bay Sands, Suntec City and Boat Quay — it’s the one at the Quay that you should head to if you want a view of the Singapore River and the Central Business District’s skyscraper skyline. For the food, it’s all American (and so are the portions): Its Black Angus Ribeye Steak and the baby back ribs should satisfy the meat lovers, as will the Wagyu and lamb burgers. After you’re done dining on the second floor, check out the third level bar and balcony for the said view and drinks.
It may not be the newest, but it is one of the most popular and dependable American diner brands in SG. Why it’s popular with the families and students: Its Baby Back Ribs with Original BBQ Sauce, that is slow-smoked in-house over natural pecan wood, and which you can pile on with fried chicken and more in their 5-meat Ultimate Combo. And if that doesn’t win you over, then its extensive menu of steaks, enchiladas, fajitas and pastas should. What’s more, there’s no service charge and the restaurant offers a free loyalty card (it acts as a gift card too) that you can get points on when you dine and redeem them for more nosh on the menu!
This so-called ambassador of Texas-style fare takes its role seriously. The resto stakes its claim as Asia’s first authentic Texas barbecue on their cooking process: High quality meats, rubbed with a signature seasoning (the resto only let’s on that salt and pepper is involved), and low and slow-smoked for 16 hours in their custom-built A.N. Bewley (a brand name which pit masters as far as Okinawa, Japan, has even sourced for) smoker from Dallas. True blue carnivores will have a feast with beef briskets, burnt ends and pulled chicken amongst a variety of other meats available here. Just try not to choke on its 700-gram dinosaur ribs that’s available only on weekends.
This trustworthy, family-friendly chain knows just how to do rustic Southern hospitality — it offers an all-you-can-eat weekend ribs buffet from 11 a.m-4 p.m. from $40 per person; kids-eats-for-free deal on weekends and public holidays (one kids meal with each adult main meal ordered); and a whole day Happy hour promotion on Sunday and public holidays. The must try here is the signature Sticky Bones spare ribs, that’s smoked over hickory wood and basted with a sweet and tangy cider-infused BBQ sauce.
The restaurant doesn’t rest on its laurels either — it introduces innovative takes on traditional recipes as well. The bourbon-infused and candied bacon topped Smokey Bourbon Bacon Sticky Bones and the rich honeyed Candied Peach BBQ were seasonal items in the past couple of months, so it pays to keep your eyes on the ribs here!
Meat Smith is doing right by, err, meats: Since the first outlet at Telok Ayer Street opened in 2015, it expanded with another at Campbell Lane in Little India in December last year. Bets are on the Southern Pride smokers from the States that make the beef and pork ribs so tender. At the new outlet, there’s also a spit rotisserie and tandoor (a clay or metal oven from northern India and Pakistan) so you can get to taste its special fusion of India and American culinary cultures.
Or, better yet, head down to the first outlet for its 4th July party, where chef Andrew Baldus will be smoking a 20-kilogramme Kahlua Pig with Pineapple Fried Rice, wrapped in banana leaves, Hawaiian style. If you have to miss this, you can always drown your sorrows at its little bar called Rogue Trader, located at the side entrance of the Little India outlet where you can try Indian wines and lagers.
In SG, when people think of ribs, this mainstay in the Western diner-scene pops right into the mind. A quick re-cap: Founder Tony set this up in Miami in 1972, before conquering the casual dining world with more than 15o branches in 27 countries, of which two outlets can be found here at Orchard Central and Suntec City Mall. Perfect for large family gatherings and after-work outings, the highlights are, of course, the Original Baby Back Ribs, but there’s also its signature char-grilled steaks, the New York Strip and Ribeye Steak to try as well.
Compiled by Hazel Vincent De Paul; Updated by Christopher Ong Ujine, March 2019.
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