$$ Ikes Rack Shack, 421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton






Ikes Rack Shack is located at the Beaufort in Carlton. The pub doesn’t look like much from the outside, quiet with blackened doors but inside they have created a warm atmosphere. They offer an American style BBQ menu which is right on trend in Melbourne at the moment! But with so much competition, how do they compare?






#5 – Fried Pickles with Ranch Sauce


Generally speaking I’m not the biggest fan of pickles or ranch sauce, this was probably the tastiest ranch sauce i’ve had! The pickles were fresh and crispy and went fabulously with the ranch sauce. They were quite large so a great share dish for perhaps 4 people, 1 pickle each is probably enough and a great change from other bar snacks.


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          Order?              /10          Again?


E         No                   7              Yes

B         No                   8              Yes







#2 – Beef Ribs – Full Rib


The beef was to die for! WOW WOW WOW, it was falling off the bone when it arrived at the table! So tender and cooked to perfection, it had a fabulous smokey flavour and the Ike’s bbq sauce or whoop ass hot sauce if you like that extra kick, really complimented the flavour! Beef can easily get dry and this was far from dry, drooling just thinking about it!


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          Order?              /10          Again?


E         Yes                 10             Yes

B          No                 10             Yes



#3 – Lamb Ribs – Half Rack


As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I LOVE lamb! Elaine, not so much, the thought makes her sad. So there was vastly different opinions on the table when this was rolled! I can’t say that either of us have had a lot of ribs and this may be the reason. The layer of fat on the meat made it virtually inedible, we aren’t sure if we had a particularly fatty cut or this is what all lamb ribs are like, but the fat made the meat oily and plain gross.


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          Order?              /10          Again?


E          No                  2              No

B         Yes                 3              No






#2 – Grilled Corn Salsa – with crispy maple bacon, Merideth feta, pine nuts & herb dressing


We were excited to get the grilled corn salsa, sounded delicious and fresh and it was certainly fresh corn off the cob, but there was just something funny tasting about it, neither of us could put our finger on it, maybe it was the maple bacon? it was just a bit too strange.


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          Order?              /10          Again?


E         Yes                  5               No

B         Yes                  6               No



#4 – House made corn bread with honey butter


The corn bread was presented in its own cute little dish, warm, fresh out of the oven! They put their own little unique spin on it by added some unexpected jalapeños! Some people would love the extra kick, but Elaine and I were wondering why our mouths were now on fire!  I think we both would have enjoyed it more minus the extra heat.


          Usually             Score         Order

          Order?              /10          Again?


E         Yes                  6              Maybe*

B         Yes                  6              Maybe*


*We would ask for no jalapeños



Ikes Rack Shack is a meat lovers dream! Well, a rib lovers dream, offering pork, lamb and beef ribs cooked in a southern American BBQ style. Along with American treats such as corn bread, pickles & burgers.


We found the service to be outstanding, the place give off a really friendly relaxed vibe, However it was at the more expensive end compared to its competition and the food was a bit of a hit and a miss and with the American BBQ style food scene at the moment probably wouldn’t draw us back too quickly.



            Overall                  Back

          Score /10               Soon?


Elaine        7               If I was in Calton, yes.

Bez         6.5              If I was in Calton, maybe. 



Price: One Snack & Two Main & Two Sides


Total – $73 (Two People)


Fried Pickles – $7.00
Beef Rib- $29.00
Lamb Rib- $19.00
Cornbread- $8.00
Grilled Corn Salsa- $10.00


E & B xx

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