Willy D's ribs: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 74

There are way too many situations that restrict us from getting our rib on: One doesn't dare order a rack of bones on a job interview, a first date, or any meal-based meet-up that involves signing paperwork or handshakes.

Ribs are for eating in the presence of loved ones who have already pledged their allegiance, who won't take one look at a person who has smeared barbecue sauce all over her fingers, and forehead, and fanny pack...and pretend they've never seen her before.

The ribs at Willy D's Southern Style are a crowd-pleasing preparation. The meat is firm enough, without being tough, so yer yap will get a little workout, and the sauce is a glistening, sweet-spicy jam. The racks are hefty but, still, mostly bone, so finishing one off should still leave a little room to fill your gullet with fried chicken and pecan pie.

Willy D's Southern Style
3801 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's fried chocolate truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's artichoke melt
No. 77: Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar
No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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Yeah I was gonna say, looked closed last time I drove by. Damn shame, I wanted to get back there to eat some more deep fried corn on the cob. Their ribs were definitely good though.


Willy D's has been closed for weeks. The awning is painted over, the parking lot is chained off an full of snow. I'm pretty sure it's gone for good.

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