Cody's BBQ Riverhead???
You know, I read these reviews last year and hestitated to try this place out. We are not BBQ experts, but we do really enjoy the cuisine that passes for it in these parts.
The service was spot on, I have to say; we were totally pampered. Our waitess was so sweet and attentive, and all the others seemed the same. For apps, my husband wanted the onion loaf (a guilty pleasure) but I wanted a protein; lo and behold, they had Burnt Endz served over a small version of onion loaf. Perfect for two, and I finally got to try burnt ends. The amount of meat was quite huge actually, we didn't even finish it.
We opted for sandwiches for the meal, pulled pork and brisket, just because that's what we know and I could compare. Fine, tender if a little fatty. But the cole slaw......for some reason I fell madly in love. I would go back just for that. It seemed like it had apple in it, although I can't say for sure. The fries, no way you could finish the amount they gave you, although my husband gave it a good try! They were frozen but excellent quality.
We will definitely be going back again real soon, maybe even next weekend while we're at the Blues Fest (although there are so many choices in Riverhead now, I can't say for sure!!)
We were there the first week after Cody's opened. Both the management and wait staff have a lot to learn about running a restaurant.
Food was a strong OK, not great. Noise level because of the hard interior walls and ceiling was high, added to by additional music. The restaurant is narrow and long looking like a tunnel. I do not know why with all of the empty real estate in Riverhead, that they chose this property since there are bigger properties all over town.
It seems that the kitchen is too small for the restaurant. They have the Howard Johnson syndrome, loads of wait staff hovering around a small window awaiting the food for their tables. As a result, you rarely see a waiter.
It was not a pleasant dining experience. They need the guy from the food channel, Robert Irvine, who does 'Restaurant Impossible' to straighten out their act.
To answer your question: I read in the local paper that the restaurant owner owns the building. He had another restaurant there a few years back: Michael's on the boardwalk.
Sounds like they need to refine the dining experience. I've only done takeout and thought it was very good.
Motosport, thanks for the informaion about the building. I am glad to see at least one building owner is using their property for business. And as for the cuisine, it is a pleasure that you see a restaurant open up without some famous Long Island restaurant owner plus a partner being involved. There are too many fancy, high priced restaurants opening on the North Fork, that are often abandoned by the original Operator, leaving a shell of a place with high prices and super fancy food.
I agree, that takeout would be a far better experience than eating there. For Riverhead, their food was very good.
So, I stopped by Cody's on my way home and got some take out. The ambience is very nice. Sort of an upscale sports bar restaurant scene. It's run by the same folks who had Michaels/Boardwalk at the same location a few years ago. There is a deck on the river side that was not open at 6 PM but it's a nice setting for a drink and BBQ sammich.
I ordered a pulled pork sammich and a rack of St Louis ribs. Both excellent. The sammich had nice chunks of smoky pulled pork. The ribs were meaty and tender.
My only complaint would be that the "sides" of collard greens and corn bread were skimpy @ $2.00 each. Hopefully they are a bit more generous when dining in.
We'll be back for some al fresco dining before the cold weather sets in.
Went the other night and had an ok dining experience. St Louis style ribs, the meat was just ok, reasonably tender and juicy, rub was good but not a lot of smoke. Cornbread was stale, rice and beans were mushy and overcooked, with very little flavor and probably laying around for many hours . Collards were bitter, coleslaw was ok but sweet, french fries were cold and greasy when they arrived on the table. The shrimp appeared to be boiled with a very brief contact with the grill and had some house bbq sauce drizzled over them, they were just eh. The brisket was ok, a little on the tough side. The pulled pork was greasy and fatty, again not a lot of smoke. The smoked sausage was very good however as were the house bbq sauces.
Waitstaff was very friendly and accommodating. The lighting situation outside on the deck was not conducive to evening dining. The light was dependent on the lamps from the parking lot below.
All in all I would say it was just ok, but they have a lot of improvements to make and kinks to work out before they can really warrant the prices they charge.