Saturday, December 27, 2008

Shane's Rib Shack in Clive

Shane's Rib Shack is a chain of BBQ restaurants founded in Georgia, each has a photo of their smiling fat guy founder, Shane, posted inside. I was quite surprised to see their window advertising homemade tenderloins while driving through Clive, so I decided to stop in and give it a try.

Location: 12695 University Ave. in Clive, Iowa.

Directions: Take University Ave in West Des Moines to the intersection with Granite City and Biaggi's, look for this place in the strip mall behind Walgreen's.

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The Tenderloin: This was something new. The bright white cut of pork was not tenderized at all, just cut across the grain. It was tough to bite into at first, but fell apart with chewing. The thin cut of pork was floppy when lifted off the food basket, with the meat was thinnest at the center. Breading was lightly seasoned southern-fried chicken tasting crunchiness. The selection of BBQ sauces to top the sandwich were a plus. Served on a toasted bun with all the fixings 6.7 out of ten.

Price: $5.49
Also on the menu: Southern style BBQ favorites like Chopped Pork, Beef Brisket, and Ribs, sides including a thick stew and fried okra.

Service: Counter service with food brought to your table.
Ambiance: Over-done decorations for someplace in the suburbs. Tables and booths to sit and watch sports on TV. A bright multi-colored interior with BBQ shack decorations.

Final Thoughts: I am encouraged by this menu addition by the local franchise of a Southern BBQ chain. In order to make the tenderloin better, they need to tenderize it first. Its a good option in the tenderloin desert that exists in the suburbs of any big city in Iowa.


  1. I have to say this is my new favorite blog. I have a complete fixation for fried pork tenderloin sandwiches since I grew up in southeast in and around Iowa City.

    Sometimes I just come and stare at the pictures for awhile.

    Here in Las Vegas and all over out west poeple have no idea, they aren't served anywhere.

    One place in town serves them but their service is so horrible you cant even get a damn sandwich.

    It's been 10 long years. I remember my last one from a bait shop right on the Skunk River in Oakland Mills, Iowa. Bigger than the plate but not too thin, hot & juicy with lots of pickles,onions and mustard.

    Then I saw this post for a Pork Tenderloin Sandwich being served at Shane's Rib Shack. We have a Shane's here in Las VEgas and it's actually just up the street a few miles and now I'm hoping & praying that they are serving them nationwide and I can sink my teeth into one.

    I have added your blog as a link to my blog as well.

  2. Oui Oui monsieur, il est maintenant café servant des sandwichs Tartine petite et de la nourriture française dans un cadre décontracté pour rapidement les snobs arrogante graisse de Clive. Ils ont un hamburger qui ne coûte que dix dollars, c'est une excellente affaire dans une telle partie riche du monde. Les gens de la banlieue de Des Moines sont chanceux d'avoir Tartine et son chef merveilleuse français ici aujourd'hui.

  3. so Frenchie, did ya ever get to try one or not????