There are 70+ Shane’s Rib Shack restaurants around the south. Why is this one special?

the original shanes rib shack

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 special, unique, interesting, awesome– 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

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

2 Comments on "There are 70+ Shane’s Rib Shack restaurants around the south. Why is this one special?"

  1. Is the original Shane’s Rib Shack handicapped accessible?

    • David, I’m sorry but I can’t guarantee it. I would give them a call – such a great group. I bet they could work something out.

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