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“Food was great!”
Review of KC's Rib Shack

KC's Rib Shack
Ranked #4 of 399 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Welcome to KC's Rib Shack Barbecue restaurant. New Hampshire's favorite BBQ for close to two decades. At KC's Rib Shack, serving the world's finest hickory-smoked ribs and BBQ is our passion. Our food and exceptional service are definitely two things we take seriously. No white tablecloths here, you'll sit at butcher paper covered tables under the Christmas lights and pull from a roll of paper towels to wipe our homemade BBQ sauces from your face. Our Southern style Barbeque, Bar-B-Que, Bar-B-Cue, just Q, or however you spell it, is seasoned with our own recipe of different dry rubs and cooked without sauce. Its then cut to order and prepared straight from our smokers which run 24 hours a day...
Salem, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Food was great!”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

My family had heard of the food challenge that is served on a shovel that KC's offers so we decided to give the restaurant a try. We all had excellent meals in a fun and comfortable environment. The restaurant itself is located behind another restaurant and is set further back than the street which makes it difficult to see if your just driving passed although they do also have a street sign.
The restaurant itself is really small but comfortable. It also offers a bar and some televisions that were showing the Red Sox vs. Yankees game, which we greatly appreciated. The hosting and wait staff were really great and patient. A few of our party members arrived after the majority and the staff didn't even seem to mind. They just patiently took all of our orders.
The menu is primarily based around BBQ although I did see a vegetarian option listed on the menu. They offer ribs, brisket, burgers, sandwiches and great side options like Cole slaw, beans, fries and more. One of our meals came out before the rest of our meals but it actually worked out really well. We had spent the morning apple picking and my grandfather was hungry so when his meal came out early we all didn't mind at all. It was actually a good thing. All of our food was cooked as requested. I got a burger and asked that it be cooked well done. I was delighted to see that they had done just that.
We did see that KC's also had some sort of bar and lounge area outside on a different part of the building. It was nicely decorated in a tiki like theme. The restaurant serves the food on plastic plates, forks and knives. It reminds me of a BBQ/ picnic that someone would have at their home. It also has license plates that decorate the interior.
Overall we enjoyed our visit to KC's. It was pleasant and nice for our family gathering. The staff was nice and patient. The food was good. If we are in the area again we will be going back.

  • Visited September 2013
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Goffstown, New Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great food. Very casual. I love the corn bread. I don't have little ones but I think kids would like this place too. Just a nice laid back chill and eat place :)

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank ConquerNH
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Gilford, New Hampshire
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Forget the diet and pass the Pulled Pork and Bubba Bucket”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

These guys BBQ like no one else in NH..
Not fancy so wear your jeans,, paper plates, plastic silverware its an indoor picnic..
Great food, fun sides..
Going with a date try a Bubba Bucket..
Going with the kids...Crayons are ok
Riding the motorcycle check out the Tiki Hut

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank michelle z
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Burlington, Vermont
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Deep Fried Pickle Heaven and Huge Portions”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Took our out of town guests from Toronto to KC's for dinner. While I am not a fan of smoked food, everyone loved their dinners and we ended up heading home with what felt like was 1/2 of our meal as everyone was so full.

Usual Kraft Paper / Crayon tables type environment with 6 different sauce choices on table to use for your meat and lots of choices for everyone to choose from. As long as you are not bringing a Vegan for dinner you cannot go wrong with KC's no matter what age your party is

Our hubbies especially liked the "Nice Rack" Tshirts the waitresses were sporting as well !!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank 53VT
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Level 6 Contributor
212 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Found this gem of a barbecue restaurant while traveling on business. Rustic family-style dining. I have been there twice already. The ribs were just the right combination of tangy and fall off the bone. The pulled pork and brisket were to die for! I used to not like cornbread until I tasted
theirs, incredible! The beans and dirty rice were good also. If you just want a great meal in a casual
comfortable setting go to this restaurant you will love it!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank BuyfromPaul
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