While at Belmont Grill on Poplar the other night, I ran into a friend, Ellen Klyce. I told her I'd ordered the barbecued ribs.
"Are you kidding?" she said. She knew about Belmont's hamburgers, but she didn't know they sold ribs, too. And she'd been a Belmont patron for decades.
Belmont ribs don't taste like any other ribs I've eaten. They're wet ribs slathered with great-tasting barbecue sauce, which is on the sweet side. I've ordered them for years, but usually on special occasions because they cost more than Belmont's great hamburgers.
Some of their regulars who have been coming to Belmont for 20 years don't know about the ribs, said Jeff Anderson, one of the owner/managers. "It's kind of hidden there on the menu," he said. They've sold the ribs since they opened in 1984, he said.
They cook the ribs in an Alto-Shaam oven, which "is like a moisturizer/convection oven. That's what makes them so tender they fall off the bone."
As for the sauce, they use Cattlemen's barbecue sauce as their base. "We just add to it. Secret recipe."
A half-order is $11.95 and a full order is $17.95. The baked beans are my favorite side item. They've got that same sweet barbecue sauce on them.
Belmont Grill is at 4970 Poplar and at 9102 Poplar Pike in Germantown.