Messy meals provide an environmentally friendly alternative to Styrofoam takeout boxes by transporting leftovers home via fingers and naturally absorbent mustaches. Coat fists and faces with flavor using today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of ribs and barbecue at Jacques’ Ribs & Grill on Staten Island. Jacques’s Ribs & Grill heats up a collection of home-style belt tighteners that lock lips with sticky, sauced-sealed smiles. Eager canines and cuspids crunch Southeastern-leaning nachos with melted cheddar, tomatoes, jalapeños, and pulled pork ($8.95) or mustachioed catfish filets served pan-seared, blackened, or deep-fried ($17.95). Diners fashion makeshift bibs out of napkins, tablecloths, and nearby billionaire’s pocket squares to protect apparel from the meaty marimbas of the namesake baby-back ribs ($15.95 half, $22.95 full) dripping with sweet and spicy homemade barbecue sauce.
- On my first visit to Jacques’ Ribs I wondered, “Can a Lebanese guy named Jacques really pull off a down home barbecue restaurant?” The answer: Yes, he can. And Jacques Youssef — a personable, West Brighton-based food proprietor whose name is pronounced as ‘zhack’ — does this well. – Maureen Jaenicke, Staten Island Advance
- The service was nice, the food was great, and I would definitely come back. – Rhon D., Yelp