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Boneyard Bistro good for solo dining?

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I've looked but can't seem to find a really definitive answer - is it okay to dine here solo or not? ( I've wanted to go for quite some time - however, all the people I know are either too cheap and/or not very chowish. ) Thanks.

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  1. Go for it! You'll love it.

    I personally like to ask them to make the BBQ burrito with just beans, but everything is amazing!

    Check the specials!

    The bbq plates ar good, and you'll have some left over.

    IF they have it, try the hummus appetizer

    1. Sure. It's fairly casual. They don't have a counter or anything. But in my experience the place is never overly packed, so no reason you can't slip in on your own.

      1. The Boneyard Bistro is very "solo diner" friendly. I live close by and eat here frequently. I love to go by myself. I get there early, sit at one of their half booth tables, and make small talk with the servers and owner. Tables are kind of close together, so be prepared to make new friends. The food is great - ribs, brisket, pork, chicken, links, etc. They also have steaks and a good burger too. I love this place. In fact, tonight is fried chicken night. Some of the best I've had.

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        1. re: omakase

          Just got back from having their delicious Monday night 1/2 a fried chicken dinner and I dined alone, its after 7pm when its more couples & families.

          Had 2 of those mini corn muffins, my chicken: mixed white & dark, potatoe salad & baked bean and now I'm coma toast for the evening.

          They asked if I wanted dessert and in my mind I was thinking bread pudding yet in reality I wouldn't of been able to move.

          Give it a try,

          Stuart ;.)

        2. Cool. Thanks everyone.

          I'm a pescetarian, but a lot of the veggie-friendly options sound really good...

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          1. re: Pumpkin_Head

            Their salmon dish is wonderful. Go their website and look on the bistro side and see what is currently being offered. I have done solo many times there, and like Diana, Omakase, and Hypnotic23, I too feel right at home on a solo basis, and yes, if it does get busy, you will probably get to know your neighbors, maybe even taste something else.
            And of course if wine or beer might be of interest, the selection is very good for a place this small. Tonight, Tuesday, should be great weather for the patio if you go early as well.
            www.boneyardbistro.com

          2. I wouldn't say that Boneyard is very chowish. More like a classy bbq joint with New American entrees thrown in. It's a really safe bet for middle-of-the-road palates that wouldn't set foot in any place with sushi, foam or microgreens.

            Plus they've got an awesome beer list! Grab a couple ppl who love to drink and drag them there. They can order some smoky Q and split a couple bombers and be good for the rest of the evening :-]

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            1. re: zinFAN

              I beg to differ. Boneyard is super chowish. Chef and owner Aaron and his crew and partner do some amazing stuff with the bistro side, the bb, and the specials, and they are never afraid of special requests.

              His recent exploration of lamb was very yummy. The new hummus, which I've mentioned more than a few times, is not standard american bbq fare, and it is VERY good. AS are the falafel on the plate.

              Plus the beer and wine selection, as you said, serve to enhance the amazing food. The staff is well enough versed to really match the food and drink.

              Yes, many of the dishes are safe for non adventurous eaters. Good BBQ is enjoyed by all, but no matter what, good BBQ is "chowish". Not all dishes have to be "fusion" or "extreme" or "cutting edge" to please the true chowhound, who loves good food of all types! But I know the place can satisfy those seeking something different and new, as well.

              I find foam to be a little overdone and passe, now, unless it is done spectacularly well.

              In LA, people who won't touch sushi are few and far in between. Sushi really isn't considered an unusual thing in a city with at least one or two sushi bars per block.

              Microgreen hate is just sad and confusing. Why hate something that's small? As a short woman, I find that insulting. I shall eat more microgreens in protest! ;)

              1. re: Diana

                Diana, I'm embarrassed to ask this, but please tell me what you and ZinFan mean by "chowish." I'm guessing it means "good food at affordable prices" but I'm not sure.

                1. re: omakase

                  For my taste BYB is just a little too expensive for the food. We have a problem when places like this reach very close to $100 out the door and that's what our tab has been when we've eaten here for two starters, two mains and one coke and one beer. YMMV

                  1. re: Servorg

                    depends upon what you order, but it can get steep. I am usually so happy with ym favorite dish, which is around $19, and a beer and maybe sips of my husbands beer.

                    I have to say, the pricier dishes tend to be so big, there is plenty to take home for lunch for the next day or two or three. The bbq for a crowd dishes are MASSIVE. Yes, they cost over what one would expect, but they feed anywhere from 4 to 10 people, or more!

                    The servers also tend to sneak out samples of extras if you ask nicely enough.

                  2. re: omakase

                    Pretty mucgh, CHowish means "food that is good beyond the norm".

                    "Affordable prices" does not determine a chowish place. Providence is Chowish, as is Mozza, but neither are really "affordable" ubnless you consider the quality of food and service you are getting for the $.

                    Some chowish palces are even better because you can get mind blowing food at mind blowingly cheap prices. Some, the food is just mind blowing. Urasawa and such.

                    I guess one way of saying it is that Chowish places are places people who respect great food find worth driving to.

                    1. re: Diana

                      Well said Diana. Though I hasten to use the word myself, my sense of it is that chowish is any place where the food is worth talking or writing about, whether it's high-end dining or a don't-bring-your-mom dive.

                      1. re: Diana

                        Thank you Diana and Wutzizname for the explanation on the word "chowish." I think the members of this Site should develop a dictionary for the "uninformed."

                  3. re: zinFAN

                    Well, as a ZinFan, you should also try some of the zins on the list, as well as the petite sirahs, syrahs, and many other Rhone varietal wines.
                    Secondly, the bistro side of the menu is very chowish, with some of the best preparations you will ever want to eat. Past versions coming to mind include a venison, the fried chicken on Monday nights, the current salmon dish, as well as many others I am currently forgetting.
                    Yet the bbq is much better than anything in the Valley, with the Santa Maria and baby backs being my favorites, and the sides are very tasty as well.

                  4. I would definitely go solo. When I was a meat eater I considered their burger in the same league as the Father's Office burger. They also have Alesmith's Speedway Stout on tap, which is reason enough to go there.

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                    1. re: tofuburrito

                      I've only experienced microgreens once, but to me it was like eating dichondra! My experience wasn't at Boneyard Bistro!

                    2. I went with a 5 year old on a Saturday night--pretty much solo dining! The food was pretty good--wines by the glass were outrageously priced.

                      1. I wasn't planning on it, but ended up finally having dinner here Friday night. (timing and circumstances lead to being in the area just when they opened; plus I hadn't eaten anything since breakfast)

                        The corn muffins are really good, they would be perfect for an afternoon tea situation.

                        I had the mesculin greens to start with, very good starter for the price and portion. I then had the portobello sandwich with fires which was really good (the smoked caramelized onions and gruyere were a really nice touch)

                        Was way too full for desert (the food here is really filling - I could barely finish the sandwich and maybe ate a quarter of the fries) and haven't had much of a sugar craving lately, so... but yeah, would for sure go back (I want to try the burrito next time) I don't know if anyone else knows, but I heard that in the next few months (?) they are expanding next door to add more seating and a full bar (at least, I think that's what I heard)

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                        1. re: Pumpkin_Head

                          Your understanding is correct, but they have to find a property to relocate Aaron's brother Jeff's Runnergy shop before any expansion can take place. Then of course there are the issues with the city and ABC - you know, the minor stuff. Patience will be a virtue, but the goal is in sight.

                          1. re: carter

                            Has anyone been to their Louisiana Seafood Boil on the last Wednesday of every month? It's referenced on their web site, but I've never seen it mentioned on the board.

                            1. re: Citron58

                              Yes I have, and it is not my favorite, but then I don't like stone crabs and the rest of the stuff seems like so much work for so little reward - not the problem of the boneyard, but a problem with the seafood itself, regardless of where it is served.
                              but their fried chicken on Monday nights is wonderful, and the ribs are very tender and moist, and my favorite part of the menu is the bistro side, with selections changing frequently.
                              And a very good beer and wine list.

                        2. I have never even heard of the Boneyard Bistro, but to address your question re dining solo...I have traveled extensively on business and have dined solo at Michelin 3 star restaurants in Paris, and at top restaurants in New York, London and in Asia, as well as at very casual restaurants in many major world cities...and I have never...yes, never...been treated poorly because I was dining alone. I can't imagine why this Boneyard place would be any different. I always make a reservation (in places where it's required) dress appropriately, behave like a gentleman, and always get treated just fine. Why would you be concerned that it would not be okay to go to the Boneyard Bistro solo? If for some reason it's an issue with the restaurant (which I seriously doubt), it doesn't sound like a place I would have any desire to go to. One recommendation...if you go solo to a very popular restaurant during peak hours, it is always appropriate to tip extra well, keeping in mind that the server will likely be making less from your table than he/she would make if there were more than one diner.

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                          1. re: josephnl

                            Hear Hear!

                            Now go try Boneyard Bistro!