Many people rave about Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom, but the menu never really struck me. I’ve only been there for Onion Rings in the past, which are quite good, and a Mandarin Orange Lemonade I spotted a few months ago. I’m not really a fan of ribs, but I decided to give them a try even though Matt wasn’t with me to pick up my slack.
The ½ Order Slab of St. Louis Ribs come with a side of Coleslaw and Baked Beans.
The ribs did have a good bark to them that was a little bit crispy, but the meat itself wasn’t the most tender. It took a bit of work to get the meat off the bone, and they were a bit on the fatty side. Their flavor was okay, and they definitely benefited from their two barbecue sauces served at the condiment station.
The coleslaw wasn’t anything special, but well prepared with just enough mayonnaise and had a good crunch.
I can’t stand baked beans, primarily because the texture of the beans always seems mealy, but I was brave and gave these a try. Flavor-wise, they weren’t bad and the sauce was a bit spicy. There was pulled pork in the beans as well. Still, one bite was plenty for me.
I also had to order their onion rings that I enjoyed so much the last time I had them. They didn’t disappoint! They were piping hot and crispy, with soft onions inside.
Here’s a look at the menu:
Overall, I wouldn’t order the ribs again for myself. If Matt wanted them, I’d try a few bites to see if maybe the next time they are more tender. Ribs aren’t a favorite food of mine, but I do try them just to see how they are at different restaurants when Matt orders them. With the addition of the barbecue sauce, they are better. The coleslaw is well made and even the baked beans surprised me! And, of course, you gotta order the onion rings!
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