For a true rustic food experience, sSs BBQ Barns offers a simple and flavoursome experience, specialising in wild west style hospitality. Situated at the point where the City meets the Valley, this is a restaurant that can be all too easily overlooked because of its location. Don't be discouraged however, as a real treat awaits punters who make the trip out of the CBD. Specialising in steak and ribs sSs BBQ Barns offer a great range of meals that will satisfy the carnivore inside the hungriest people. Vegetarians are not likely to find much to partake in here. It is a steakhouse after all.
sSs BBQ Barns pride themselves on their wild west hospitality and, unlike some or the larger franchise steakhouses, offer a uniquely honest dining atmosphere. Distinctly mid-western, the neon sign on the front and country themed decor impart the sense of pride they possess in what they do. They set themselves apart from the normal pub steak experience and they do not put on false airs of fine dining, but embrace the ideals of getting a good meal into hungry people.
Consider arriving slightly early as they have a delightful bar area where you can wait for everyone to arrive. Serving local and imported beer and often hosting specials as well as a range of wine and cocktails, it is a very pleasant way to begin your meal. You will also receive a warm reception in the form of popcorn and peanuts in the shell while you wait for your first course.
sSs BBQ Barns serve large, hearty meals so entrees should be treated with caution. Larger groups could easily share these plates, however on a night out with your significant other, entrees could lead to struggling on the generous mains. One of the entrees is their speciality, Flame Grilled Baby Back Ribs ($16.95). Highly recommended if they do not feature in your main dish as they are exceptionally tender and the meat can be rolled off the bone with a fork.
Mains are all served with a choice of chips or baked potato, as well as a side salad with your choice of dressing. Usually the salad is sent out first so if you are particularly voracious on your visit, the food will come out promptly on most occasions. The real fun will be deciding which meaty morsels to have as the main star. From Chicken Parmigiana ($26.50) to the Angus New York Cut Steak ($35.95) the grill menu is wide and varied. To get a taste of a little of everything, however, the Big Bonanza Mixed Grill ($34.95) represents a great opportunity featuring a steak, sausage, pork ribs and bacon. There are some light meal options for those who may not want to eat so much. These come with their own sides as opposed to the chips and salad already mentioned.
If you are looking for a meaty challenge, sSs BBQ Barns still has you covered. With 24 hours notice a 'Monster Beef Shank Challenge' can be arranged. A 2.4kg beef shank is slow cooked and finished on their grill before being served up to prospective competitors. Finish this mammoth meal and dessert is free. Finish dessert on top of that and you will earn a place, immortalised on the Monster Shank Honour Roll.
There is a dessert menu available, however the main meals are quite large so whether or not you can fit in anything else may be another story entirely.
Overall your meal may be a little more expensive than similar establishments. The difference in quality and service, though, is well worth the few dollars extra.
You can find sSs BBQ Barns at the junction of Boundary St and Ann St on the ground floor of the Mantra. Walking from Central Station is around ten minutes, as is the walk from Fortitude Valley Station. Also buses run past every 15 minutes if you catch the 199 from Adelaide Street or Brunswick Street (The closest stop is in front of the Orient Hotel). Parking is limited with most options being on street parking only. Reservations can be made on their website and are recommended, particularly on Friday and Saturday night.