In a word: We liked these ribs a lot.
JM ate the shrimp dinner.
John ate the beef dinner with rice and beans.
Nichole ate the 1/2 rack of spare ribs with baked beans.
Samantha ate the 1/2 rack back ribs with rice and beans.
The bill was $62, or $15.50/person, plus tip (thanks, Dad!).
JM, Nichole, and Samantha gave Fat Jack's an A-; John gave Fat Jack's an A (see our grading rubric).
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Fat Jack's turned out to be a great place to take a couple of hungry folks, ravenous after a day of driving and moving crap and appliances up and down stairs.
JM's shrimp (not pictured) was very good and came with some pretty lovely garlic toast. Barbecue shrimp can frequently eliminate the shrimp flavor through overcooking or oversaucing, but not at Fat Jack's. The flavor was nicely balanced.
Behold the back ribs. Sam said they were very tender, with a smoky, spicy sauce packed with flavor.
John opined that the beef dinner was moist & flavorful, and the rice & beans were spicy but not too hot.
Even the spare ribs, a none-too-tender cut of meat, went down easy. Nichole had to take a couple home, but they made a good lunch.
The sauce was a masterpiece! Notes of cinnamon and cardamom were genius & will have us coming back.
Not pictured are the salads we fixed ourselves from the short, somewhat pedestrian salad bar, as a nod to a balanced meal. So far, we'd have to say Fat Jack's is the best place we've been for ribs in Madison (well, technically, Monona).