Monday, 14 April 2014

#AHAWAchallenge - Tony Roma's 7/31

The 7th #AHAWAchallenge event took place on a Thursday night in February at Tony Roma's. I drive down Hay Street all the time but despite the large sign, have never noticed it.

Tony Roma first opened in 1972 in Miami, Florida. Today the franchise has over 150 restaurants on six continents. While the bright lighting, decor and American grill menu are all very family friendly, the prices (approx $20 kids menu and $40 adult menu) make it an expensive night out for a family. The price does not seem to deter patrons, the restaurant was really busy with a constant flow of diners on the evening we were there. I had booked via email which was probably a good thing as I think there would've been a wait otherwise.

I suggested on the invite that people bring a family member (as it is a family restaurant ). I had my cousin come as my guest, my friend P had her husband in tow but my friend L came without her husband and kids as the kids were a bit grumpy that evening.

I ordered the Original Baby Back Ribs - Half Rack. They were excellent. I think I'd go as far as saying they were the best I've had. So tender and succulent with finger licking marinade. 

The ribs come with two sides - corn on the cob, wild rice, broccoli, fries, baked potato, ranch style beans, loaded mash potato or baked sweet potato. I chose the coleslaw and roast sweet potato. The coleslaw was very creamy and a bit bland. The roast sweet potato came with "the lot" (bacon, cheese, sour cream and spring onion) was a nice accompaniment to the ribs. I ordered a half rack which was the perfect amount to feel satisfied.

Original Baby Back Ribs - Half Rack $32.95

Others on the table ordered the Baby Back Ribs - full rack, St Louis Sampler, Beef Medalions and a Burger.

Original Baby Back Ribs - Full Rack $45.95 

St Louis Sampler - $44.50

Fillet medallions $37.95

Cheesy Burger $27.50
For dessert, we shared a creme brulee - my favourite dessert. It was warm on top where it had been torched but cold underneath. It came with a scoop of ice-cream which felt a bit unnecessary but was not left untouched.
Creme Brulee

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  1. Hey Pia, were the sauces all gluten free/

    1. Hey Martine
      All of the ribs were! I don't think the sampler plates were though. The menu also states what is gf which is always awesome :) Pia xx