As a semi-regular customer of the old Bourbon BBQ, I was looking forward to the return of this restaurant. As most of you know, they had a bad fire almost two years ago, which destroyed the restaurant. The place has been completely rebuilt. They opened last Monday, and on Tuesday, I decided to check out the new Bourbon BBQ.
It was a disappointment,
OK, let's start with the good. The place is really nice inside. Much nicer than before, in fact. But I couldn't help but feel that despite the seemingly "down home" appearance inside, Bourbon BBQ 2 is a restaurant targeted to an affluent crowd wanting a casual meal. (It's a highbrow "down home" appearance.)
Prices, in almost all cases, have been significantly increased, in some cases, more than 30%. Now I know rebuilding a restaurant in Wyckoff can't be cheap, and I knew prices would have had to go up some after nearly two years, but I wasn't expecting the prices to go up as much as they did. The most glaring example: a pound of brisket is now $16 instead of $12.
And while Bourbon BBQ 1 would sometimes give you a little extra meat, B BBQ 2 must have scales that measure to the thousandth of a ounce, because the 1/2 pound portion of brisket ($9) and the 1 lb. portion of pork ($12) I received were definitely no more than the advertised amounts.
So how was the food? Meh. The pork was lousy, not smoked at all, just a bunch of stewed-like meat in a soupy glop. The brisket was better, but not quite as good as it used to be. It was a whisker tough, but had decent smoke/ flavor. I also ordered a large mac and cheese ($6), which was a very large portion. But it was also incredibly bland, with virtually no seasoning. The best part of the meal was the fries, which tasted fresh and not frozen, although they were a bit limp by the time I got home.
For the prices charged, I expected much better. Maybe the food will get better as time goes on, but I can't see myself going here too often when I can go down to Buffalo's Chicken Shack in Wood-Ridge and get a mind-blowingly good pulled rib/pork sandwich for $6.49 (which not only includes probably close to a pound of meat, but a delicious buttery bun as well) or some real good mac & cheese as well as other similar items of better quality for significantly better prices.
Oh well. Bourbon BBQ 2 didn't do it for me. But thank goodness for The Shack.