I haven't had a hamburger in at least four years. In fact, Saturday night, my husband remarked that he couldn't remember the last time I had a burger. This comment was made as I ws set to order the one, the only, the FIRST BURGER IN OVER FOUR YEARS! (insert fanfare here).
SAtruday was hot, as we all know, and we almost didn't make it, but we did get to the PLACE OF THE BURGER in time for our reservations on the patio. I thought the heat might be a problem, as I made the reservation before the wave hit. But actually, it was rather nice at 7:00 on the patio of the PLACE OF THE BURGER.
The Stand? NO!
Father's Office: NO (like you could make a reservation!)
The Bucket? NO!
None of those. WE hit a palce where I could be assured good service, a table, and fantastic beer, as well as dang fine food and....TINY LITTLE CORN MUFFINS.
Yes, we went to BONEYARD BISTRO!! (more fanfare insertion,please)
We decided to open the evening with an appetizer and a (what else?) beer. On the owner's (Aaron Robins') reccomendation, we split a 22 oz Lost Coast Great White "tangerine" My husband was leery of getting a mouthfull of sweet. No fear. The beer had an ammazing nose of tangerine, and a good citrus taste, but it was not sweet. Cool, well balanced, it was the perfect refresher in the heat. It matched so well with the new app, "inside Out Nachos"
"Inside Out Nachos" are amazing. A wedge of good Brie is rolled in tortilla crumbes and spices and deep fried. Then it's lovingly served with chips with an avaocado cream sauce squiggles. YUM! The creamyness of the lovely cheese helps balance the spicy coating. normally, I avoid fried brie-but this was amazing. It oozed out of the shell and into my heart.
My husband ordered the two way with baby back ribs, brisket, cole slaw and beans. He ordered a proter of some kind. I can't remember, as I was distracted by THE BURGER! In keeping with the Great White theme, I ordered a pint of draught normal great white to go with it (no tangerine) I originally wanted the Alagash Curioux, Bourbon Barrel, Tripel, which is conditioned in burbon barrels. But the 11% on top of another beer would have made for an "interesting" evening, and I probably wouldn't be able to remember what I ate, and thus not post.
So, you ask, what did I have? Well, there are so new burgers at Boneyard. The one that appealed to me was called "The Stinkey". Carmelized Garlic, mushroom, Taleggia, garlic sauce better than Zankou, ohhhh, more and more! Arugala with truffle oil! Yum! I ordered it still mooing with sweet potatoefries instead of regular. Out came a fabulous stack of beef, garlic, mushroom and cheese glory, paired with fries and a side of coleslaw.. HEaring that it was the first in four years, Mr. Robins came out with a caemra and snapped a picture just as I was cramming my face with the first bite.
I love garlic, I love mushrooms, and I love stinkey cheese! The juicy rare burger was just perfect. I don't know why people use crack when there's The Stinkey! PErfect with the Great White. I think that first bite transported me to a place humans can only visit regualarly in their dreams. The garlic was perfect with the taleggio, the arugala added just enough peppery bite, the truffle oil's nuances just floating on top. Prefect mushrooms rounded out a great mouthfeel. The bun was the perfect texture, and didn't get swamped with the copious juice, but wasn't overly dry; it was a great bun.
I couldn't avoid just a few tastes of beans, so I stole some of my Husband's. I love the BB beans. I wish they'd do a beany burger-maybe just beans with melty cheese! But it would be hard to replace the Stinkey in my soul.
We ended the evening with a toast of Utopias (which we brought in a flask) and a nibble of the amazing, creamy, Jack N Coke Chocolate cake.
I have to say, it was a wonderful burger and a fabulous evening. I hear that Boneyard is going to be experimenting a bit with burgers and menu items! Oooh.
That was a great burger. There is also a "california Special" on the menu that looked amazing. With the "classic" and the 'OMG", it looks like Boneyard will have an amazing menu of Burger delight, easily ranking with (or probably above) other choices in town.
Plus, you get to make reservations, drink great beers, and eat ketchup, if you want!
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