Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Corner Stable

My old standby: Broasted Chicken Breast, half rack of babyback ribs with fries and beans.

I set out this evening with panang chicken on my mind, but when I arrived at FujiSan restaurant, they were already closed (crap, it's only 8pm on Sunday). I thought of journeying into the city but I just wasn't that committed and ended up across the street at the old favorite: The Corner Stable.

The Corner Stable is known for its' ribs. They're famous around these parts. A verifiable institution. That said, I think rib purists from around the country would scoff at their boiled ribs that are finished on the grill with sauce. I'd be willing to bet that some pitmasters would have a heart attack just thinking about boiled ribs. But this is the stuff I learned to love ribs on and it has a special place in my gastronomic dictionary.

Like I said, the ribs are boiled so they're incredibly tender and falling off the bone. The sauce is smoky and sweet, the broasted (read: fried) chicken is moist and tender, the beans are soft and supple and the fries crisp - what's not to like? Sure, if you're looking for an authentic smoked rib a la Memphis, Texas or South Carolina, you ain't gonna be happy here. But if you like incredibly tender babyback ribs in a smoky, slightly spicy and pungent sauce, The Corner Stable might be for you.

The Corner Stable
9942 York Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030

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