The boys are very early risers - I'm talking before 6am. Hence breakfast in our household happens early and as a result so does lunch and dinner. This is all well and good when you are at home, but when you are out and about like we are most weekends, it makes it a tad difficult trying to find places that serve lunch and dinner before the usual hours of 12pm (lunch) or 6pm (dinner). So if you find yourself in the same predicament and are in the city, I can recommend the very tasty Ribs & Burgers restaurant to you.
Quite a few Ribs & Burgers joints have swung open their doors in Sydney of late and we checked out their Rocks location recently for lunch at the hour of 11am. The Rocks restaurant occupies an excellent position on the corner of George St and Hickson Rd. There are a few different spaces to eat in, and I suggest that you head out to the back area, as there are big windows that offer views of the Harbour Bridge!
The dining area of Ribs & Burgers is large and spacious. There is easy access for those of you who have prams and room to park them next to your table. They also have high chairs as well as toilet facilities, but I didn't spy a baby change table. There aren't any activities to occupy kidlets but the kitchen is open plan so my boys had great fun watching the staff set fire to things! And just to let you know you have to order and pay for your meal at the front counter and the staff will bring your meals out to your table.
Kidlets have their very own menu at Ribs & Burgers and it has 3 options on it. Junior pork riblets with chips ($14), a beef slider with chips or a chicken slider and chips both of which are $8.00. The portion sizes were perfect for our aged kids. To wash it down there are thickshakes, soft drinks and juices, as well as a self help water station.
Obviously carnivores are well looked after in a burger and rib joint, but they also cater for herbivores, pescatarians, and they even serve up naked burgers for paleo enthusiasts. Ribs come in various sizes and flavours as do burgers. For those on diets there is a decent selection of salads too. Prices range up to $30 for ribs and burgers hover around $10 - $16 and salads are all under $10.00.
We had the surprise of the month - a lamb burger with blue cheese and apple ($14.50). Gosh it was good. Lip smacking good. It's a flavour combination I have replicated at home again since dining - that's how much we enjoyed it. And as Ribs & Burgers are licensed we washed it down with a sneaky beer!
So my fellow parents, when life on the street becomes all too much for your little people, seek refuge from the maddening crowd in The Rocks, at Ribs & Burgers. The air con will be on, the food will be pumped out quickly and hopefully the batteries will be recharged before you head back out to tackle the hordes.
88 George St, The Rocks
02 9251 4488
Open 7 days from 11am