Carter's frequent recs for Boneyard Bistro finally got me to try it recently. I went for an early birthday dinner. At the top of my 'beers to try' list was Temptation (a blonde ale aged in used French oak chardonnay barrels) from Russian River Brewing. I asked the waiter if they had it and Chef/Owner Aaron came over and asked me how I knew that they had it as it was not yet on the menu and that it had just been delivered. A 375 ml (small bottle) was priced at current retail x 2 at $22. Most expensive beer that I've ever had but it was also one of the very best that I have experienced! I had a 1/2 order special salad as an appetizer, don't remember the name but it had grilled shrimp and was pretty darned good. For my entree I ordered the Oak Grilled Chef’s Cut “Tomahawk” Bone In Rib Eye Chop * Beer Battered Onion Rings * Balsamic Glazed Shallots * Housemade Worcestershire Sauce (ordered a smaller cut cooked rare for one person). Arrived perfectly cooked. This was $56 and while very, very good - wonderful flavors, I felt that it was a bit overpriced.
Went back again for a beer and a burger. Ordered a 375 ml bottle of Supplication (a brown ale aged in used oak pinot noir barrels with sour cherries added) again from Russian River Brewing. Again a great ale but priced at $22, wish it were a little more reasonable! Regarding the burger, don't recall the name, (it is not listed on the website menu). It had a strong smelling/mild flavor cheese with which I was not familliar and I substituted a mild Chimay. Ordered it extra rare, arrived at the table cooked between medium and well done. Talked to Aaron who explained to me (in a slightly condescending manner) that they continue to cook after they are removed from the grill. I just nodded but almost said that they should be removed from the heat source sooner so that they arrive as ordered by the customer! It was replaced by a medium rare version (he talked me into the stronger fromage) that was again very tasty, but as it was a bit more expensive than the ones listed on his menu at $22 I believe, to me a steep price for this burger! I would make the burgers at Boneyard a little smaller but just as creative with ingredients and a bit lower in price.
Now I don't usually focus on price so much when dining out but $88 plus tip for two burgers and two great beers makes this a great but very expensive restaurant! Special occasions, maybe. Weekly rotation, no way!
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