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Bo's Barbeque, Lafayette

Pat Darnell | Aug 4, 2003 01:14 PM

We were out in Walnut Creek for a kid's basketball game Saturday night and decided that we would try Bo's Barbeque in Lafayette for dinner on our way home to Oakland. We stopped to get a take-out menu before the game thinking that we could call in our order and pick it up on the way back. No such luck. No take out menus, no phone orders.
We stopped after the game, approximately 7:15pm, waited in line for about 10 minutes and placed our order. We were told that it would be a 30 minute wait. We decided to wait in the interest of trying a place we had never been. Meanwhile I had a chance to scope the place out. They had loads of imported beers, and a large wine selection laid out on the counter. No wine list. I guess you just grab a bottle and look for a price. They offered wine by the glass too. Niman Ranch beef and pork was advertised, as well as Fulton Valley Farms chicken and Acme baguettes.
The prices on the menu were a bit skewed. I thought the $12.95 for a dinner was reasonable, the $15.95 for a two-way combo OK, but $24.95 for a 3-way???? We had ordered 3 2-ways and a dinner, for a total of $66.90. Ouch.
The place smelled great, so we were encouraged.
After AN HOUR of waiting, they brought our food out, and we went on our way back to Oakland to eat at home. We got there and found that one of the boxes contained nothing but a salad of spring greens. A note on the box said they were out of potato salad, and this was supposed to be a substitute. Not good. We got a whole baguette, which we ate on the way home, not my choice of breads for barbeque, but OK to eat after waiting over an hour for a meal. The rest of the bag contained 3 of our meals instead of the 4 we ordered. I was extremely pissed off. I called them and they apologized and said I could come in and get the meal next visit. Great. Three hungry teenage boys and not enough food.
So we split up the meals as best we could, but we ended up not even finishing the meats. They were so salty that it was difficult to enjoy. The brisket was very tender, but the salt just overwhelmed it. And no potato salad to counter the salt. The sauce was thin and very dominated by cumin, too much so for my taste. The kids got a bottle of barbeque sauce out of the pantry to use instead. The ribs looked good, meat coming cleanly off the bone, but I didn't try them. The links were dry. Again, salt dominated.
All in all, I would not go back, except that I have to redeem my $15.95 credit for a meal I didn't get and now don't want.

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