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ipse dixit | Nov 18, 2005 01:21 PM

Ok, this place is pretty good, but necessarily for its BBQ ribs.

Boneyard Bistro (BB) is the new upscale BBQ joint in the SFV. Had the pleasure of dining there last night.

Don't get me wrong, the ribs are good and they are served dry -- that is, with the BBQ sauce on the side. IMO this is the way ribs should be served -- e.g. naked. For me, ribs are not a popsicle stick for BBQ sauce. Served without having sauce slathered all over them, you can tell whether the ribs are of good quality and whether the meat has been properly seasoned. At BB, the answer is "yes" to both. Even the Beef Ribs (normally rather dull and dry) came off as tender and flavorful -- texture typical of babybacks, not beef, ribs.

But where BB really shines is with the the non-BBQ dishes from the bistro menu. I really (and I mean REALLY) enjoyed the salmon -- I even got a kick out of the glass bowl (fish bowl?) that it was served in. But the hickory-smoked duck breast was a bit of a let-down. No taste and, amazingly, rather dry -- an off-night perhaps for the kithen on this dish.

After hearing so much about the deep-fried mac'n cheese squares, we decided to try and some and let's put it this way ... they were so good I took an order home and had them for breakfast today. Cole slaw was good too, but the baked beans tasted like they were from a can. Oh well, can't win them all.

No room for dessert unfortunately. But we'll be back.

13539 Ventura Blvd.,
Sherman Oaks.
Phone: (818) 906-7427

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