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Best place for ribs
Damons Motel and Restaurant (Lincoln)
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Damons Motel and Restaurant (Lincoln)
Advantages: Tasty food, family friendly
Disadvantages: Service is too quick - they want you in and out
Now I have been to Damons more times than I can remember - and for many years made a school girl error - not getting the ribs. Once I realised my mistake there was no going back.
Damons is an institution for Lincoln Diners. It is in a great location on the bypass for people coming from outside the city and is a quirkily designed building with the roof meant to look like the bones of a rack of ribs.
Inside it is designed with posters of old films and Hollywood stars from the golden age of the silver screen and when you walk in there is a cocktail bar in front of you. I'm not sure id this still the case, but for a number of years the drinks were significantly cheaper if you bought them from the bar yourself than let your waiter get them.
If you go before 7pm there is always a selection on hot nibbles, such as chicken wings available for you to help yourself to at the bar and they do an amazing selection of cocktails.
Damons is open for breakfast, which is a selection of pastries, pancakes, bagels and things like bacon and sausage, all for under a fiver.
When you sit down at lunch or dinner you are giving warm bread rolls, and with your meal you get the choice of a baked potato or chips and a side salad, beans, coleslaw or peas. Damons is famed for its onion loaf, which is a mountain of delicious deep fried onion rings, and obviously for its ribs.
When we go we normally have a starter combo platter where you can choose from things like fried mushrooms, potato skins, scampi or chicken wings (to name a few) then you can share it. Other starters are your pretty standard prawn cocktail, crab cakes, garlic ciabatta kind of things.
The platter is around £12 and suitable for four adults and the individual ones work out at around £5 each, give or take a couple of quid.
Then onto the mains - as you would expect from an American themed place - you can choose from burgers, fajitas, steaks and seafood, but there are also British favourites like bangers and mash and gammon, although I have never known anyone go to Damons for them. The big selling point is the BBQ ribs. For the meat lover you can have a full rack, or if you are less hungry you can opt for the regular sized rack. The meat just falls apart and is absolutely delicious, and you shouldn't feel worried about having sauce all over your fingers and mouth because everyone else does too. You are given a basket and handwipes to deal with the left over bones and sticky fingers.
If you want to try the ribs, but don't know if you could manage a whole rack of them why not try the combo menu, where you can try a smaller amount with a portion of scampi, chicken wings or chicken breast cooked in a variety of different styles, such as teryaki or cajun. This is also around £12.
I can honestly say I have never had a dessert at Damons because I am always so full but often see ice cream sundaes passing me by as well as chocolate cheesecakes and apple pies - all for around £4.
There are veggie options obviously, although I wouldn't think as a vegetarian you would want to see the amunt of meat on offer in this restaurant!
There is also a children's menu and kids get some activities to keep them occupied whilst you are eating.
The service is generally good, but very speedy, and they always offer you a comments card at the end of your meal where you can win a free meal. I have never had any problem with the service offered personally, although it does sometimes look a little chaotic, wit everyone running all over the place.
If you ever drive by Damons, or live near it, the smell of those ribs wafting around is absolutely mouth-watering. Unfortunately for me, I am registered at the gym about 500 metres away so often am tempted to undo all my good work.
Price wise, Damons is incredibly reasonable for what you get - you eat for free if it is your birthday, kids eat free before 6pm for every adult going with them and over 60s get a 25% off discount (my parents were given the discount even though they are only in their mid-50s..They didn't complain though.) We go regularly as a filling meal is around £15 per person. On your birthday you also get a free chocolate cake with sparklers, although the cake has gone down hill a bit over the years.
The toilet facilities are always spotless and you never have any problems with parking as there is a free allocated car park right outside. They also offer a takeaway service which I think entitles you to a 30% discount if you collect your order.
If you are looking for a family friendly place to eat where the price is reasonable, the food is tasty and you don't need to get dressed up, or necessarily book in advance (although for birthdays and big parties it is advised) Damons is the place to go - although if you live in Lincoln you probably already know that.
For more information : www.damons.co.uk
Summary: Best ribs this side of the states
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