Skewering up a menu of barbecue favorites in a no-hassle, family-friendly setting, Shane's Rib Shack slathers up saucy good times via its slowed-cooked ribs, pulled pork, and chicken seven days a week. Venture to the edge of meat madness with a full rack of ribs ($18.99), served with two heaping sides. Bone-phobic folk can opt for a six-piece plate of fresh, never frozen, chicken tenders ($6.99 for six pieces), while pairing them with a corn muffin ($0.75) and a dousing of barbecue or signature wing sauce. The smothered chopped pork sandwich dons a fashionable fedora of coleslaw, making it an ideal companion for patrons flaunting equally stylish oversized bibs ($5.99). Finish each feast with a sweet iced tea ($1.49–$1.99) or a rich brownie ($1.29). Those with restrictive, gluten-free diets may peruse a menu chock-full of edible decoys that include chopped barbecue chicken and pork plates, as well as the classic beef brisket salad, which, while fashionably flavorful, does not double as a skirt.
Mojos on 86th gives time-tested classics a contemporary twist, serving up a menu of locally sourced, seasonally shifting dishes. A generous lunch spread sports selections such as Wirth Farms lamb sliders ($10), laden with roasted shiitake mushrooms, roma tomatoes, and herb aioli, snackily sided with sweet-potato fries. A pre-dinner starter of rock-shrimp ceviche makes a compelling case for heatless cookery ($12), and innovative entrees tout the tastiness of flame-kissed, neighborhood-grown ingredients. Flavorful options include Iowa-raised pork medallions, served with savory chorizo-raisin bread pudding and ample lip-smacking flavors ($21). Vegetarians can seek beyond the salad horizon with crispy caramelized-onion and wild-mushroom polenta cakes with tomato and basil ragout ($19). The dessert menu offers continually shifting flavors, ensuring flighty sweet teeth are kept on their toes.
Although the staff of Park Place Catering happily travels to homes and businesses to help host events, they also open the doors of their own venue to up to 300 guests at a time. When renting this spacious, brick banquet hall, planners can choose a variety of spreads from the menu, which includes everything from breakfast to barbecue and Italian food. But they also get to enjoy more than just lovingly prepared cuisine. The space sits directly across from Kinnick-Feller Riverside Park, a forested sanctuary with a quaint white gazebo at its center. Walk off your meal during a leisurely stroll to the pavilion, or have a friendly game of meatball bocce on one of the park's athletic fields.