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There Are 70+ Shane’s Rib Shack Restaurants Around The South. Why Is This One Special?


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 Rib Shack in McDonough: Why is this one special?
 365 Atlanta Family Blog

I recently visited Henry County…not on my own, but with a special Henry County tour guide. Before we headed out, I check the itinerary, because, you know….lunch.

Shane’s Rib Shack.


Don’t get me wrong. I love Shane’s (and BBQ.) But there is one right down the road from me, and I eat there about once a month. What an odd choice…

Usually when I have a tour guide during a visit, they want to show me something specialuniqueinterestingawesome- about their city.


But here’s the kicker:

Our lunch feast that day was not at just any ol’ Shane’s. It was at THE Shane’s – the ORIGINAL shack!


Shane’s a real guy, with a real wife and a real family. In 2002, he passed a corner in McDonough and pointed at a white, run down shack…he told his wife that he wanted to open up a BBQ restaurant on that very spot.

Fast forward to today and Shane’s is the fastest growing BBQ restaurant concept in the nation- and with good reason.


The food is fantastic. The staff is superb.


Even if you chow on ‘Q regularly like me, you’ll want to make a stop at the ORIGINAL shack.

There’s a large outdoor seating area out back, both covered and open-air, making it a great place for a large gathering.

This location sports a large (new and clean) play structure in the fenced-in back area. Really, if I lived closer, you’d find me on the patio with a peach tea and a peach cobbler every day, watching over my minions on the playground.


Want to know the best part?

There is no restroom! Only an outhouse (I mean, you’re eating in a shack, right??)

I jest. The clean and modern bathrooms are available, they are just housed outside the main building, with a façade like an outhouse. But how fun, right??


My recommendation? Get the rib plate with fried okra and green beans. Get an extra side of mac-n-cheese. A large sweet tea (love love love their small ice cubes) and a peach cobbler.


Nothing says the south like a BBQ lunch…and bring the family to see where the phenomena started!


Disclosure: Thank you to Henry County and Shane’s for the gracious lunch. It did not impact my opinion here. #keepingitreal

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