The Hog Shack Cook House is a bbq joint serving smoked baby back ribs, maple infused baked beans, hand cut fries and craft beers.
Have I had real, smoked barbecue? Yes. Was it good? Yes. Was it in Vancouver? Sadly, probably no. The last place might have been Boonie`s, but I suspect ever since he lost the curling rink, it is not. And anyways, it`s gone now.
Hog Shack is promising, but if my past experience is anything to go by, it`s way too fancy to be authentic. Maybe that`s a plus for some people. It at least has a rather decent selection that sounds good.
We went in, got served immediately. The service was good, not great, but certainly acceptable. A few of us ordered the huge platter sampler with a bit of everything.
Chicken? Ok, a bit dry, but okay. Barely passable.
Beef ribs? Pretty good, not everyone`s favourite though.
Brisket? Also pretty good, most people really liked this.
Pork ribs? Another favourite here, with falling-off-the-bone meats. Corn bread was decent, people generally liked the beans and slaw as well.
Bottom line for the party seemed to be that it was good tasting food with pretty generous portions for the price. For what it`s worth, some of the carnivores rated this way better than Memphis Blues.
I tend to agree, it was pretty decent eats with not much else like it in town. However, the big however, I have my doubts it was smoked in a real good smoker. Taste & texture not the same. That takes time and you could probably smell it a mile away. Looking for good eats? Sure, come on in. Looking for great BBQ? Hmmm.....
That`s my hesistant recommendation, the company seemed generally satisfied & happy with the food, if not the authenticity.
Their website aptly titled as "Steveston's first and ONLY BBQ and casual cookhouse" seemed to give me a negative connotation. Still we decided to try it out due to the lack of better than mediocre local bbq restaurants.
They've reused the same floorplan and retained some of the styling cues as the previous restaurant but seemed to add more seating leaving certain tables being cramped in together. Though we were acknowledged upon our entrance, we waited about 10 minutes to be seated with empty tables available all the while the front counterperson deciding to finish counting change and handling receipts. Sign of things to come.
We quickly ordered the Pigasus combo which came with side ribs, pulled pork with 2 choices of sides, ours being fries and coleslaw. We also went with the pulled pork tacos to share. The tacos were bland, with the pulled pork and salsa bringing nothing to the party. The same pulled pork was found in the combo, a large mound of dry and tasteless shredded pig that tasted nothing like being in a smoker. The ribs were the best part with a balance between meatiness and some fattiness. While a good rack the flavours were comparable to ribs you'd find elsewhere. Again, we were brought back down with the mildly dressed coleslaw and especially mediocre fries. The pecan pie was as expected and at least finished the meal on a high note.
Service is slow, an unfortunate carryover from the previous restaurant. After the first immediate visit for our orders everything from getting extra napkins, plates, drinks and the food took far longer than needed, with a couple of presumptions of whether they forgot. Shame since the staff are quite friendly.
Strangely enough I would actually come back but would stick with the ribs, maybe entirely.
Arrived about 3pm on Sunday, not too many patrons. TV was a bit too loud (NFL game). Ambiance was okay, nothing special. Our server seemed a bit uninterested and brusque at first, but then she warmed up and was quite friendly.
We started with the chicken wings with the sweet rub - they were delicious, crispy coating with soft tender meat, the rub was sweet but......hmmm not sure of the other flavours, we enjoyed them fully anyhow. Then we had the St Louis style ribs, they were meaty and tender, but the sauce was just too ordinary, a tomato based sauce that was not too flavourful, it needed something more to give it a kick. I had 2 sides; potato wedges and sauteed veggies - they were tasty. My companion had the baked beans and yam fries; neither of which she cared for too well.
Over all a pretty good meal, we passed on dessert.
Craving beef ribs last night and never been to thie place decided to give it a try. Stevenston is a far drive from where I live and we got there at 630. There was a sign that said they have a private party at last order will be taken at 7. Private party on a Saturday horrible business decision in my opinion. When I asked for seating for two they said the only thing available was outside even though there were seats inside. I guess they were saving them for the private party. Once I sat outside it was cold because you are close to the water. My friend started with an order of chili, he order the platter with pulled pork with pork ribs I order the beef ribs.
His chili arrived first with a piece of corn bread. My friend let me try it, the chili was really bad the corn bread was nice and warm. Finally 45 minutes after order our main course came. The beef ribs portion was huge I had it with corn bread and fries. I tryed my fries pulled pork and ribs and it was very very dry not tender at all. I only ate half of one of my beef ribs but I was too cold and asked if I could take it to go. The fries were cold and the corn bread was as well. When I got home all I found in the bad was three ribs. What happens to the fries, the corn bread and the other half rib I barely touched. I was quite disappionted. You put us outside with the plastic table and chair and now you stiff me on what I ordered. If it was good I would say ok but I willl never return there again. Service was slow food was slow and food was cold. Barbecue sauce is average at best and the chili is worse than having it in a can. The corn bread is good too bad they decided not to pack it for me. Thank goodness I didnt overtip because waiting over 45 minutes, sitting in the cold I wasnt impressed.
If you live close you may want to try it but dont go out of your way to try it.
We went here three weeks ago for dinner (I meant to post shortly after but forgot). My boyfriend came here for a birthday party before and said it was okay food) His mom wanted to try it so we came with her partner. The four of us sat against the wall. Good view of restaurant surrounding.
When we first walked in, it was a bit odd, your not too sure where to go. We were greeted (we made reservations) so were sat immediately. My bf and I arrived first so we decided to order a drink, I had a strawberry daiquiri! Very good!! We could see that he was making all blended drinks with just a small magic bullet.
Bf's mom and partner joined us shortly after. Our server came at all the right times in the beginning. We ordered our food. Ribs and pulled pork platter for the bf, ribs for the mother, burger for the partner and I ordered the seafood salad (weird right, seafood salad at a rib place)
Our food came out about 25 mins later, My salad was huge and so very good! The bf's ribs were tender, but his pulled pork was cold. Mother's rib and potatoe wedges were good she said and her partner said his burger was good as well.
Our server was busy in her section now, so she didnt come by as often. We wanted to order a second round of drinks but with her not coming by, I walked up to the bar and asked the guy for two more drinks. He brought them over right away.
We wanted dessert but we were soo full. Our server let us know that the bartender was actually the owner. A few recommendations for this place: Train your servers and bussers to say "HI" to all customers who walk in. Acknowledgement is key when trying to bring repeat customers back. Ignorance is a bad trait.
I was invited to the 1st Night Opening . The food was pretty good tastewise.
Had the hamburger with a questionable sandwich bread for "hamburger bun". Pretty odd choice.
Nice turnout, and most patrons looked pleased.
It was no Memphis Blues (in Vancouver), but for Steveston, it was good.
We went to the Hogshack early on a Friday because we were looking for some comfort food and we were rather hungry. We started with some salt a pepper chicken wings. I admit, these were nothing special and not something i will redo. Not super meaty, cooked well and nicely seasoned, while still very "meh."
My fiancee went with the beef tacos and had fries as a side. Three, large soft tacos. Delicious and the right amount of toppings. Maybe I'm a harsh judge, while we consider this "solid".
I ordered the full rack of St Louis ribs with coleslaw and fries. Like my fiancee, i got a mountain of fries. the Fries are great, but given the amount of ribs I was tackling, they were superfluous.
the robs were good enough. the sauce was great and the rub they used was tasty making for a nice product. there was some crispy bits that likely would annoy the BBQ expert, but I just looking for a huge amount of meat and sauce. I mention this so you can make your own conclusion and your own expectations should you try this place out. To me, it met my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I eat BBQ ribs once a year.
the reason to come and come again is the beer list. Not just because they have a lot (although this is part of the reason) but because they make craft beer accessible. they have a "guide" to introduce you to craft beer and as a studious chap, it's nice to get an introduction and then let me pallet take me the rest of the way.
the service is adequate while a far cry from the competition (Cactus Club, Earls, Joey's, etc). I understand the Hogshack offers a different product from the likes of the major chains, while the price point warrants equal service.
I will be back because I like the local ownership and their concept about creating a place to go for great brew and good eats. If they're execution doesn't catch up to the concept, they will likely lose my business eventually.
This rates as one of the worst dining experiences we've ever experienced. (Service was fine, but the food, not so good) We had baby back ribs, they were so dry and over-sauced, not fall off the bone as we had expected. The burnt ends were horrible. Chunks of fat covered in the same sickly sweet bbq sauce ... These were inedible. When our server asked how our meals were, she saw that the pile of burnt ends were basically untouched. We told her that they were unacceptable, and when she told the manager, his reply was "too bad". Well, too bad, because we won't be back.
Was excited that a BBQ house opened in Richmond. Unfortunately, the food did not meet my expectations. I had the brisket, and hubby ordered the baby ribs. If you like fall-off-the-bone ribs, these are not for you. Ribs were extremely dry and tasteless. Doesn't seem like the ribs were smoked as indicated on the menu. Brisket was good, but for some reason it was served with a dry piece of bread which seemed out of place. When I flipped the bread over there was a small piece of tomato stuck to it. Guess they sliced the bread on a dirty counter ... don't even want to think about what else was cross contaminated. Service was pretty bad. Trying to get the server's attention was impossible. Needed a fork but couldn't get anyone's attention so we ended up sharing one fork between the two of us until we finally flagged down one of the servers.
This place doesn't even come close to Memphis Blues. Food is mediocre at best. I've heard people complain that the service at Memphis Blues is bad, but this place is worse.
We finally had the chance to try this restaurant. We started by asking for, and sharing a plate of burnt ends. For those who placed reviews here about burnt ends, understand what you are ordering before you ditch them. This meat is is cut from the fatty part of the brisket, and thus there will be fat often still with the ends.
We really enjoyed them, but they were very rich. But wow the flavour.
I had the brisket plate with beans and coleslaw. The brisket was tender, with some fat not too much sauce. The beans were a bit sweet for me, but very good. I could not finish it all, so I will have some wonderful leftovers for dinner.
Rainbowcrab had the burger, she loved it, although she said she wish it had more of a grill flavour.
We will go back for sure, I want to try the ribs and rainbow wants to try the chilli hotdog.
Had very high hopes for this place after reading a few blogs. I will make this very short and sweet. Burnt Ends.... Burnt fat. It was tons of chunks of pure fat. Not sure what else to call it. It was clumps of fat. I think this must be a cultural thing. Burnt ends should be dry. I had maybe 3 pieces that had real true meat attached to the fat. Couldnt even bring myself to complain. My ribs were dry and clearly had been reheated. The bread that comes with your meal is seriously a piece of Wonder Brown Texas Toast. It was just awful. This was my first BBQ experience and honestly I think I do a better job at home. I hope these guys take these reviews to heart.
I am new to DineHere (created one for this review), but I felt this I had to spread the word of how bad this experience was. Tonight was nothing short of a travesty. My girlfriend and I dined at the Hog Shack and we will never be back. We both ordered their rib and pulled-pork combo, as well as the creole shrimp prawn starter. The meal started out terribly with “creole prawns”. Basically this dish was prawns in marinara sauce. The only thing I felt it was missing was the pasta. The ribs looked good initially, but when you turn them over you see nothing but black. The yam fries were soggy. The corn bread was mealy and dry. The vegetables were unseasoned and bland. The rice pilaf tasted like cardboard. To be honest I was excited for tonight, especially with a review saying the restaurant was BETTER than Memphis Blues. I am speechless. I feel as if I could have gone in the kitchen and done a better job.
Living in Richmond we have been meaning to try the Hog Shack for some time now. So a visit by out of town guests with a fondness for ribs presented the perfect opportunity.
Not wanting to disappoint our guests we took the precaution of making a 7pm reservation for our party of four. Once seated we were somewhat surprised and little disappointed to be told that such bbq staples as the baby back ribs and corn bread were sold out so early in the evening. Nevertheless with the wide range of choice on the menu this was not too much of a problem and we had little difficulty deciding on two portions of beef ribs, a smoked brisket platter and a burger.
Thirty minutes after ordering with no sign of any food my patience was starting to wear a little thin. Attempts to try and catch our server's eye as she attended to neighbouring tables were fruitless. Her avoidance skills were par excellence. After 15 minutes of this cat and mouse game I dispatched the busboy to the kitchen to find out when we could expect our meal. He returned with the server who informed us that it would be another 10 minutes. An HOUR LONG wait for food is completely unacceptable. At the very least one would expect the restaurant staff to have the courtesy to pre-warn one or apologise for the unexpectedly long delay.
When the food eventually arrived it was a complete disappointment.
The "texas toast" that accompanied my brisket platter turned out to be a slice of pre-packaged supermarket brown bread served dry, slightly stale and not toasted. The brisket itself was dry and compact, difficult to chew and other than the dollop of bbq sauce spooned over it completely lacking in flavour. The coleslaw had an unpleasant sour taste that did not appeal to my taste buds, two mouthfuls were all that I could manage.
The beef ribs as ordered by my partner were the better choice, but at best could only be described as mediocre. Her accompanying side order of yam fries were limp and greasy and she also found the coleslaw not to her taste. Our hamburger eating guest was non-committal, merely describing his meal as "ok".
I really wanted to like the Hog Shack. Ever since the demise of "Dem Bones" we have been searching for a place to satisfy our occasional carnivore cravings for ribs. But with appalling service and mediocre to poor food quality, the Hog Shack is not it.
Ate here for lunch with some friends. Walked in the door and was not even acknowledged. Finally a young girl looked at us but couldn't even force a smile. Finally got seated. Service was slow..food was just okay. Nothing to rave about. Won't be going back. I'll stick with Memphis Blues.
I was excited to hear that a new BBQ was opening in Richmond. I was even more excited to read that their BBQ meat was smoked in their own smoker. Unfortunately, I have been to many great BBQ's in my life and this wasn't one of them. I know from experience that the ribs and brisket were far from smoked for the correct time in an actual smoker (should be 8 hrs or more in a wood fired smoker). I am sure that my ribs were boiled prior to being cooked up on a grill. Many Barbecue restaurants think that they can get away with this. Fortunately, for the sake of the people of Vancouver, let me tell you that this isn't authentic at all. The atmosphere was pretty good. I really like this location and hope the owners see this and read up on how to correctly prepare themselves for their future as a BBQ restaurant named 'Hog Shack'.
We had a very enjoyable meal from this restaurant.
The platter was great value, two chicklen legs and thighs, three types of ribs, choice of 4 sides, we had beans, good coleslaw, yam fries and regular fries. The platter is enough for three.
Will definitely return - good job. We had take out so was not to comment on service.