The Cook and the Cork
Name: Shari Holbert Lipner
Occupation: Emergency Management Coordinator
Lives In:Miami Beach
Restaurant Pick: The Cook and The Cork
Reviewed: The Cook and The Cork
Cook & The Cork is worth the drive outside of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. It stands out above other restaurants in Coral Springs, and pretty much anywhere. The Chef and his wife started out with a catering company (Parkland Chef) and they still do that, but this restaurant was born out of all the food he really likes to prepare. There are some favorites from the catering business that made their way onto the menu, like the chicken and waffles and the lobster mac and cheese. Additionally, Chef Keith really shows off his love of food with cutting-edge recipes that include Wagyu and American Kobe beef, heirloom vegetables from boutique farms and a kitchen/laboratory where the staff smokes the meats and poultry, incorporate the suvee and other “trendy” techniques, and just have a great time making food that’s fun and delicious, without being pretentious. There is adequate parking in the lot. If you arrive from the west, you can access the side lot, which only has about six or seven spaces, but there is usually a spot available. If you come from the east on Sample Road, you have to enter the lot from the south end, as it is only one-way traffic. This might be a hassle for some people. There is always someone to greet you at the door and the service is very attentive. What strikes me is that the staff is trained well and really seem to know what is coming out of the kitchen as well as what drinks go well with your order. It’s never too noisy or crowded and the entire staff is really friendly. It’s obvious that they love what they do.
Lives In: Palm Beach Gardens
Restaurant Pick: Café Chardonnay
Reviewed: The Cook and the Cork
I went on Halloween; the staff were all dressed in costumes and made the atmosphere fun and enjoyable. Our waiter Mark (or as I referred to him “Dr. Mark” from his costume) provided excellent service, was very knowledgeable in regards to the menu, and his recommendations were fantastic.
Occupation: Court Reporter
Lives In: Coral Springs
Restaurant Pick: Tumi
Reviewed:The Cook and the Cork
We were a party of four. We were greeted warmly and brought directly to a table- I asked if we could have a nearby semi-circular booth instead- no problem. Waitress was very friendly and attentive of the appetizers we ordered; the pierogies were a stand out. The dates wrapped in bacon with manchego had an outstanding dip and were good, but no way to discern presence of manchego. The wild mushrooms were delicious. The fried green tomatoes had a tomato sauce a bit too sweet. Great succotash and spare ribs. The short rib entrée was excellent, as were the whipped potatoes accompanying it. I felt the two desserts fell short; the bread pudding was too slick for me and the cranberry upside- down cake too dry. Both were served with delicious scoops of gelato, however. Overall, homey and lovely dining experience, will definitely return! My husband left behind his credit card and we were called immediately.
Location: 9890 W. Sample Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Parking: Private lot, yes.
Phone: 954-227- 2665
Restaurant Owners: Dena Lowell + Keith Blauschild
Executive Chef: Keith Blauschild
Pastry Chef: Mike Brothers
Type of Cuisine: Global
Signature Dishes: Spare ribs, short ribs, dry aged NY steak “cut any size to order”
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Alcohol Served: Beer + wine only. Wine spectator award of excellence
Corkage Fee: $25
Bottle Limit: Corkage only allowed if the wine is not on our list
Tuesday – Closed.
Wednesday –5 PM- 10 PM
Thursday –5 PM- 10 PM
Friday – 5 PM- 11 PM
Saturday – 5 PM- 11 PM
Sunday – Closed.
Prix Fix Menu: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $40
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): N/A
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Yes, all credit cards
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: Suggested on weekends, walk- ins always welcomed
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: A couple of days before.
Accommodations for Children: N/A
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 1,200 Sq ft. (50 seats)
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes, the whole restaurant, Sun, Mon, Tues or any lunch.
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: No