No photos in this review! We went for the Sunday all-you-can-eat ribs and crab for $45 pp. Once the food came we dug right in and there was no going back! My hands were wet and sticky and gooey and buttery… mmmm… I’m glad they provided lots of napkins up front.
So, first of all I have to warn you – do NOT go here for a first date (or maybe not even a second or third… in fact, you may want to wait until you’re in a committed relationship before you attempt this restaurant!). It was super messy – the rib seasoning gets all over your fingers (and maybe your face), and the crab squirts and cracks all over the place, the butter gets on your clothes, and crabby water drips down your arms! It’s not the place to make a first impression.
Go hungry! They make you each order a plate of either ribs or crab to start (including a side of coleslaw, mashed potatoes or a couple other choices) and then once you’re done the original plates they will bring the all-you-can-eat crab or ribs. I don’t think I saw anyone getting refills on ribs – it was a crab eating frenzy! After our initial plates we ended up getting 4 refills of crab. Yes, I said four. With all our bones and shells and scrunched up napkins we filled up 1.5 big buckets of waste. Kind of crazy when you think about it! The first 2 refills came quite quickly… the third took quite a while and the fourth seemed to take forever. We were about to ask the server to cancel it when it finally came. I’m not sure why it took so long, as the restaurant was less busy by the time we were on round 4.
The ribs were ‘just OK’… we’re challenged to love any restaurant ribs because Jay makes them so well at home – smoked and seasoned and oh so tender but not too soft. Anyways, Bookers ribs were seasoned really well – a flavourful crunchy dry rub that actually reminded me of a kick-ass Shake ‘n’ Bake, but in a good way. Our one issue was that they were kind of tough – we think they just weren’t slow-cooked long enough. The fat wasn’t rendered well either.