This was my first time at an establishment manned by the highly celebrated FINK. I needed to see whether the hype was real. IT IS. Truly excellent barbecue spare ribs - smoky, fully developed bark and succulent meat almost entirely pink throughout. No NJ barbecue discussion is complete without Fink's in the mix - it is probably tops.
I am now unsure which are my favorite ribs in NJ, Fink's spare or Jersey Shore BBQ's St. Louis. As far as dining environments, JSBBQ wins for sure - the employees and owner seem much happier, maybe because they are by the beach, and BYOB ensures I'm drinking exactly which beer I want. The beer list at Fink's was disappointingly overwhelmingly big brews with the exception of a few bottles and the employees/clientele were depressed/depressing. I could see where this densely populated, congested area can get you down. Even at 2pm on a weekday I sat in traffic on the way home.
Next time I hit up Fink's I'm stopping at Mad for Chicken for an appetizer!