I better state at the outset that this is an extremely negative review, which honestly recounts our extremely negative experience at Corky's tonight.
We each ordered a full rack of spareribs, one 'wet', one 'dry'. They arrived very fast. ($22 each, 16 for half rack)
I took the dry (we intended to share) and at first glance saw them covered with raw rub. Cutting a piece off, they appeared greasy, and the meat was a medium dark gray. There was no hint of pink, no smell of smoke, no taste of smoke. The meat's texture, with the grease (this is not juice) was frankly like goat. The raw rub was basically salt. I turned them over and saw that the membrane was still there, and quite strong. They also tasted bad, not quite spoiled. I sent them back. The waitress said they had no brisket so I ordered a pulled pork sandwich. It arrived on a cold Kaiser roll, not quite stale. The meat had no particular flavor (the sauce did). I ate part of the sandwich, and when I breathed in, either during or before or after a bite, (not sure) I got the smell and taste of a pan which had dishwater in it. This is hard to describe; it was harder to believe.
My husband got the wet ribs. They had a bark on them (and the undesirable intact membrane on the bottom side) made with some sort of reasonable sauce, but the meat underneath was the same, dark gray.
Again, no smell or even slight taste of smoke. I cannot conceive of a cooking method which would produce this stuff. (I am trying to maintain a neutral tone here, but we were truly appalled.)
Soft drinks are 4$. Draft domestic beer 2$, bottle 3$. But if you find yourself in AC, go to Tony's at Iowa and Atlantic for spaghetti (not pizza) which has been tried and true for 45 years and more, or go to the Day's Inn near Egg Harbor for their in-house Indian restaurant which is fantastic. It's on Rte 30 on the eastbound side.
I know Corky's got one or two review which were positive, if now 2 years old. I generally don't judge a restaurant on just one experience, whether good or bad, but this was so disappointing that I would never try the place again.
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