Now, why would my Pasig City-based family be in this restaurant on the other end of the metro on a weekend?
Having espied this RACKS branch upon leaving the furniture store, I just knew that this is where the fam can sate our hunger quite happily. After all, eating at RACKS is always something the entire family agrees on.
Here are three reasons why:
1. It’s a place for casual and comfortable dining.
Surprisingly, RACKS is a homegrown brand but the look and feel of the restaurant is of the American Southwest from the wide and open layout, brick architectural features and farm-style decor, among others.
Smoking meat, essentially barbecue, after all, is an American tradition.
However, RACKS was actually launched by auto magnate Wellington Soong, exclusive distributor of Jaguar, Land Rover and Maserati in the 90s. It was then acquired by the Prieto family (the same group behind Shakeys, Tia Maria and Via Mare, among others) in the mid-2000s.
The new owners instigated some changes, such as transitioning the look of the restaurants from the all-white, country-style theme, to a more homey farmhouse style which is still in place in all of its outlets in the country, this branch included.
2. Its signature barbecue sauces just makes everything better.
Among the things RACKS is known for is its own-brand barbecue sauces. Available in two variants – Original and Extra Hot – these sauces are the perfect condiments to bring out the flavors or RACKS smoked ribs.
These sauces accompanies all orders in the restaurant but can also be bought by the bottle for Php340.
(Cooking hack: my mom also uses it as a marinade for her Crispy Tadyang recipe.)
3. Our family already has its go-to orders here.
Having patronized RACKS since its launch in the 90s (Hubby and I even had a few of our dinner dates in some branches), it’s no wonder that we have established our fast faves from its menu.
Our meal, of course, is centered around RACKS’ Classic Pork Ribs (Php495 quarter | Php775 half | Php1,565). Hickory-smoked in a blend of herbs and spices to achieve that rich and smokey flavor. Given the appetites of my family members, only a full rack can satisfy us.
Our order of Classic Pork Ribs is served with a two side dishes and we opted for our faves, tangy Coleslaw for Hubby and myself and snackable Mac ‘n Cheese for the kiddos.
In other restaurants, we could have had an appetizer of a plate of onion rings but not in RACKS. Oh, mo! Here, we start our meal with a sizable Onion Brick (Php345).
Our meal also includes our preferred grains: Java Rice (Php85 single | Php425 platter) for Hubby and the kids, and Garlic Rice (Php85 single | Php425 platter) for me.
Completing our meal is a Pitcher of House-blend Iced Tea (Php295).
Is it any wonder the fam tends to gravitate towards RACKS for a fuss-free yet delicious family meal?
This branch is located at Aseana Square, Entertainment City, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Tambo, Parañaque.
Other Metro Manila branches are located at:
- Las Pinas: SM Southmall, Evia Lifestyle Center
- Makati: Paseo de Magallanes
- Mandaluyong: SM Megamall
- Manila: Robinsons Place Ermita
- Muntinlupa: Festival Mall
- Pasay: SM Mall of Asia
- Pasig: Tiendesitas
- Quezon City: UP Town Center, Timog Avenue, Trinoma Mall, SM North EDSA
- San Juan: Greenhills Shopping Center
- Taguig: The Fort Strip