Editor’s Note: Oprah Winfrey announced Jan. 24, 2011, that she has a half-sister. Pat’s Rib Place and it’s owners – Alisha and Tydus – were mentioned on the show.
I first heard about Pat’s Rib Place in Waukesha from a coworker. She told me that the barbecue rivaled some that she had in Memphis. A few weeks later for my 29th birthday, Pat’s Rib Place was the place I wanted to go. Today, it’s a hidden gem that I want to share with more people.
Pat’s Rib Place opened its doors in July 2009. Located on Sunset Drive, the restaurant isn’t your typical strip mall find. It’s owned by Alisha and Tydus Hayes, and named for Alisha’s mother who died in 2003. The restaurant’s walls are lined with family pictures (and some of patrons), so you get the real sense that this is a family-run operation and that your meal is made with love.
Tydus is a native of Tennessee and the head chef. Alisha is often seen in the front of the house – taking orders, wiping down tables and checking that guests enjoy their meal.