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Boneyard Bistro Suggestions

LA Buckeye Fan Sep 2, 2008 01:52 PM

I'm going there for the first time this Saturday nightl. Any recommendations on don't miss menu items? Appetizers? Entree's? Desserts? Any help is greatly appreciated.

  1. bodie Sep 5, 2008 04:36 PM

    I have stayed on the sidelines thus far because I think Boneyard should and does charge what the market will bear.

    Honestly, my primary quibble with BB is what I consider to be their monstrous portions - I find them obscene. If it were my place, and it is not, I would consider reducing the serving sizes of most everything.

    I suggest, when calculating cost and debating whether BB is overpriced, one should factor in that portions are quite large and that entrees may be easily split or eaten the next day as leftovers.

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      Diana Sep 7, 2008 11:47 AM

      very good point!

    2. orythedog Sep 4, 2008 02:13 PM

      Here is a Boneyard Bistro suggestion: Go somewhere else! It's totally overpriced, food and beverage alike and Aaron's "routine" has worn thin. Everything else being equal, it is simply not a good value = price + quality + quantity. Take my last (literally) meal there: indian/tandoori lamb chops ~ not loin, not off the rack, but 2 boney ass pieces with virtually no meat, for $40 effin dollars? Give me a break! Also, let's just be honest hounds, while the BBQ is tasty, it certainly is not award winning and is OBNOXIOUSLY priced.

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        Diana Sep 4, 2008 03:35 PM

        Sorry you had a bad time, but I absolutely disagree. I find it amazing. The food and beer are priced comparatively to other places in the area and of the same caliber.

        Awards do not a good place make always-some LA magazine awards, or LA Weekly awards amaze me, the food is so bad.

        And heck, with the recent Wine Spectator awards scandal, I have learned to be weary of "awards" in general

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          sel Sep 4, 2008 09:34 PM

          "The food and beer are priced comparatively to other places in the area and of the same caliber."
          Are there really any other places in the area (or anywhere in the SFV) that have good food and a great selection of craft beer? I sure haven't found it! I appreciate your help, I've been driving to Santa Monica/Culver City, San Gabriel, Orange, Seal Beach and San Diego searching out great beer and would like some options in the SFV and SCV! I've already checked CH and BA. Thanks again!

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            Diana Sep 5, 2008 06:53 AM

            Go look online for the Beer Guppy' Guide to Southern California.

            Not much else in the Valley, although I hear Max is now working on building a good craft/import beer menu, and we all know the food is good.

            McG's has great beer, and the food is OK, typical pub food. Not knock your socks off, but good with a beer.

            Closer than San Diego is Santa Barbara, where people have woken up and built some great beer spots. my favorite is the Brewhouse, but you should post to the SB board for more!

            The Beer Guppy's Guide is your beery friend!

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              tofuburrito Sep 5, 2008 07:25 AM

              A little beyond the SFV but try JJ Brewski in Camarillo. Also, I know most people aren't wild about the food at BJ's but their standard lineup of brews are very good and they often hit home runs with their seasonal specialties.

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                bosanova99 Sep 5, 2008 08:17 AM

                The Yardhouse in Pasadena has a great selection. The food is average bar food, but the beer selection is massive!

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                  Diana Sep 5, 2008 08:53 AM

                  Massive, but there are a lot of awful beers there, and their taplines are not kept s clean as they should be. If you've ever seen the gunk that can build up in an ignored tapline, you'll know why I avoid Yardhouse. Adn, you know, a lot of the beer there is pretty average. BJ's has dang good beer, really. The food is deplorable.

                  JJ Brewski has a nice little selection, and the food is at least a little hop up from BJ's. I hear there occasional tasting dinners are fab. There is supposedly a cask nite every friday, extending to the weekend. Every time we go, no cask. Plus, the bartender is not all that beer knowledgeable, yet (I bet he'll learn quickly!)
                  Ooh, the Woodland Hills BJ's does now and again have something good on cask. But they don't brew at that one anymore, which is a shame.

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                    nogidrew Sep 5, 2008 06:44 PM

                    i work at a yardhouse behind the bar. and i really dont understand where your coming from saying that we have gunk built up in our lines? we run a fresh water system that pushes all the foam/beer residue out of our lines when we tapout a keg and when its hooked up we lose very little beer unlike most places which foam up alot of their beer from starting new kegs. also on tuesdays most yardhouses get their new keg shipments and we have a rotation system where our kegs are dated so we push the older ones out before the new ones. and our barbacks clean the tappiong devices weekly, we monitor our co2 & nitrogen levels daily. trust me we have alot of "awful" beers but we need the bud lights for our average joes. my yardhouse has some double ipas, ruination, speakeasy, andersona valley etc good micro-brews on tap as well as belgians (gulden, chimay,duvel etc).

                    our food is average ill admit i dont really like it myself. but bj's their beer is god awful minus their grand cru which is amazing!

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                      Diana Sep 7, 2008 11:47 AM

                      like BJ's tatonka, and I like the fact that BJ's makes much of its own beer, and thus is more brewer driven. It also sells other commercial brews.

                      Yardhouse doesn't make beer at all. Plus the typical BJ's serves all the beers you mentioned, either one one night or in rotation.

                      But Yardhouse and BJ's aside, there are places in LA that make BOTH seem just silly..

                      I prefer a place willing to lose more than "a little" beer to run through the lines, and places that clean the entire system once a week at least.

                      But, Yardhouse provides plenty of beer to people, and the people who work there are good, hardworking bartenders, servers, cooks, runners, cleaners and more. Thanks for doing what you do!

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                        nogidrew Sep 7, 2008 08:25 PM

                        yardhouse has two brews but we outsource our brewing to firestone walker. we have a amber, and blonde. we are currently trying to brew more of our own its just time consuming.

                        and while i like bjs handcraft approach my roomate is brewer and its gotten so expensive they are closin his brewery which i think will lead to more consistant beer!

                        as for yardhouse and bjs hell the back abbey and fathers office make us look silly i drink at both often and i hate the crowds yardhouse gets at some locations. i def agree with you on there being better places i just thought id shed some light on what we do! which for a chain i think is pretty good and again were a chain.

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                          Diana Sep 8, 2008 06:59 AM

                          the hop thing is a pain, even my brewing husband feels it, but it's still cheaper than buying comparable beer.

                          So sorry his is being closed! Which one?

            2. re: orythedog
              Servorg Sep 4, 2008 03:38 PM

              My thoughts are pretty much akin to yours. Too much $$$ for what the food is. I tried their pulled pork pot stickers / dumplings. Way too sweet bbq sauce and otherwise unremarkable. My short ribs were not very tender, with too much unmelted membrane, probably due to not being cooked long enough. Great beer selection though.

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                la tache burger Sep 5, 2008 07:06 AM

                100 percent agree that the bbq is good but nowhere near great, and ... if you got it for 10 bucks instead of twenty at a shack you'd probably never go back. That said, I like the place for other reasons like wine, beer, special nights, fun, and have had some decent food there too.

              2. mrshankly Sep 3, 2008 06:26 PM

                Get the patty melt. Used to be a special item but is now a regular on the menu. You will not be disappointed.

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                  omakase Sep 3, 2008 02:20 AM

                  I, too, am a big fan of this place. I feel so fortunate to have an excellent BBQ restaurant minutes from my home. For an appetizer, I always get the Pulled Pork Dumplings. I then move on to one of the Burgers (love the Californian), or the 3-way combo (pulled pork, brisket, tri-tip), or the Baby Backs (which I think have gotten even better). Has anyone tried the St. Louis's or the Beef Ribs? Also, has anyone tried the BBQ Burrito? For sides, I love the beans and the coleslaw. And keep the beer coming - incredible selection.

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                    tofuburrito Sep 3, 2008 07:17 AM

                    Probably my overall favorite restaurant. Great food and Alesmith Speedway Stout on tap; that's a combo that puts me in my happy place.

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                      Diana Sep 3, 2008 08:29 AM

                      ooh, the pulled pork dumplings!

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                        a213b Sep 3, 2008 12:51 PM

                        I, too, will 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) Boneyard. They have a fantastic beer selection, and almost every night see a to have a cool special (eg Fried Chicken Monday, Beer Flight Thursday, etc).

                        I definitely would agree on the Pulled-Pork Dumplings. They are really delicious.

                        Last time I was there I tried the combo plate of ribs, with St Louis, Beef, and Baby Back. The Mrs. and I both thoroughly enjoyed the Baby Back, and quite liked the St Louis, but we weren't big fans of the Beef.

                        We loved the onion rings, the beans were good (although we like them more with bourbon and less the garlic/brisket that Aaron does), but the Mac & Cheese we probably wouldn't do again ... but then, we are SUPER picky about our Mac & Cheese.

                        Anyway, I would definitely recommend it, and hopefully you had a great meal!

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                        bosanova99 Sep 2, 2008 04:47 PM

                        I love the fried Mac N' Cheese and the Collard Greens are sweet and savory. My favorite beer on the menu is the Unibroue from Canada.

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                          Diana Sep 2, 2008 03:33 PM

                          Huge fan here. Best beer menu in town. IMHO, a damn fine burger-my favorite in town and great service. My favorite burger so far is the Stinkey, but I have one or two more to try. The inside out nachos, or Hummus plate are two top apps for me. I love the bistro menu, especially the burritos made with bbq stuff. My husband had a fabulous duck salad there.

                          I have seen people swoon over the chicken, if you go in a group and have enough $$, get one of the bbq platters, if you so wish-it has tons of food. tasty wedge salad, Fabulous brisket! My BIL loves the Shepard's pie.

                          Chef Aaron always likes to play, so there are always great specials, worth a try. Get a plate of the sweet potato fries and maybe the onion rings. People love the deep fried mac n cheese, but I never have room!

                          For dessert, anything rich and chocolaty there is always a treat.

                          let the waiter or Aaron steer you to a good beer to match your meal

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                            LA Buckeye Fan Sep 2, 2008 04:44 PM

                            Thank you all for your advice. To summerize...I will try the bistro side of the menu...really think about if I want a $22 bottle of beer. Order my burger a bit under my tastes...and rethink the next time I offer to "treat" at a restuarant I haven't been to before. All and all...good friends, a new experience, I am optimistic.

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                              tofuburrito Sep 3, 2008 08:41 AM

                              The $22 bottles are 750 ml or roughly 22 oz. The price equivalent of what you pay for a cup of Miller Lite foam at Dodger Stadium.
                              A 750 ml bottle of St. Bernardus 12 at Bevmo is probably in the $10 range so $22 in a restaurant isn't extreme.

                          2. ipsedixit Sep 2, 2008 02:55 PM

                            It's been a while since I visited, but I remember that the salmon was a standout dish (which unfortunately I no longer see on the menu).

                            Generally, I find the bistro side of the menu better than the BBQ side.

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                              la tache burger Sep 2, 2008 03:25 PM

                              agreed. best stuff I've had here is the short ribs, surprisingly good, and the pork chop, particularly good.

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                              nosh Sep 2, 2008 02:50 PM

                              Bring LOTS of money for a beer, bbq and burger place.

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                                la tache burger Sep 2, 2008 03:23 PM

                                agreed

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                                  Suebee Sep 2, 2008 03:24 PM

                                  Yep, not a big fan. See related thread below:

                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/521400

                                  But, I'd love to hear your thoughts after your visit on Saturday night so please report back!

                                  ~Suebee

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                                    LA Buckeye Fan Sep 2, 2008 04:42 PM

                                    Thanks SueBee for the thread. Now I'm a little nervous that I offered to "treat" to try this place I read about on Chowhound. Perhaps I should bring a cosignor. I will certainly report back on my findings... Anyways...should be a nice change from Hoggly Woggly's my other default bbq establishment.

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                                      LA Buckeye Fan Sep 6, 2008 09:50 PM

                                      Hi Suebee and other Chow hounds. First....thank you for the advice. I just got back and thought I would report my findings...

                                      First impression...oh, this is smaller than I expected. Our waiter "Mike" was very friendly, knowledgeable, and handsome. He flirted just the right amount for a table full of 40 year old women. We had a diverse group from a wine perspective...one who could only choke down pinot grigio...but prefers her wine from a box....me, who likes to try a little of this and that, and my other friend who is married to the winemaker at Woodenville Wineries and travels the world judging wines...and Mike recommended a Viognier (sorry if I misspelled it) that wasn't on the menu. He nailed it. All three were satisfied...

                                      We ordered two appetizers...the pulled pork dumplings and the nachos with brie. The pulled pork dumplings were the stand out. They were delicious and were served with an incredible cole slaw. And this is from a Chowhound who doesn't like cole slaw. They were insane. The brie nachos were very good...but some of the flavors didn't seem to mix well on my palate. They were good, but paled in comparison to those pulled pork dumplings. Next...the entrees. I got the brisket with fried mac and beans. My sister got the patty melt that came with 3 dipping sauces and the most delicious shoestring fries. My friend got the shrimp with a potatoe, cilantro, salady thingy. Let's start there. The shrimp was perfectly good. It was tastey...but again paled in comparison to the other two dishes. My brisket was melt in your mouth good. It was exceptional. The fried mac and beans were delicious too...but who had room for those? My sister's patty melt was the "gold standard" of patty melts. Juicy, beefy, toasty. You name it. It was wonderful. Now here comes the most unexpected part of the evening...the bill. I had been warned about the high prices. I knew to clear room on my credit card. But when all was said and done...the bill for a $40 bottle of wine, two appetizers and three entrees was $120 before tip. The tip would have been reasonable if the service hadn't been so good and Mike not been so handsome. But I was really surprised. To sum up my experience...I loved Boneyard Bistro, as did my friends. I look forward to my next visit. Thanks again for all the wisdom I find here at Chowhound. Oh yeah...icing on the cake...the Buckeyes won today.

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                                        a213b Sep 6, 2008 10:20 PM

                                        Awesome! Glad to read you had such a great time.

                                        Mike is a great server, very cool and low-key. Like you, I LOVE the pulled-pork dumplings and the brisket. I've never had the patty melt, but since it's literally just around the corner from me, maybe I'll hit up Boneyard again this week.

                                        Anyway, glad you had a great meal! Chow on!

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                                          sel Sep 7, 2008 07:07 AM

                                          Thanks for reporting back! Looks like I'll have to return and try those Pulled Pork Dumplings and........well more craft brews for sure!

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                                            carter Sep 7, 2008 09:23 AM

                                            sel - Suggestion: They do beer flights on Thursday nights, and that way you can try several, and of course taste those heavenly dumplings. Every Thursday the flight changes, and only Aaron knows what it will be, and probably not the afternoon of the tasting.
                                            Start with the dumplings and go on to a patty melt, all washed down with the beers!

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                                              sel Sep 7, 2008 09:48 AM

                                              Sounds like a great suggestion, maybe this week. I haven't had a Patty Melt in years. It would be interesting to see what Aaron's take on it is.
                                              As far as the Beer Flights goes, in only the last 5 or 6 months I've been tasting a lot of Craft Beers at breweries, gastropubs and notable beer bars from Santa Rosa to San Diego. Much of what I've tasted has been good but there has been a small percentage of what I've tried that has been, at least to my taste - mind blowing!

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                                            Suebee Sep 7, 2008 11:27 AM

                                            Glad you enjoyed it. I've always really wanted to like Boneyard as they're a family-run business, a comfy setting, and lord knows I love my BBQ, but unfortunately I'm just never quite happy for any number of reasons. But I'm glad you had a good experience (and got a sweet, handsome, and flirtatious server)! Thanks for reporting back.

                                            ~Suebee

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                                              ReelMike84 Sep 7, 2008 02:31 PM

                                              Can you elaborate on the patty melt?

                                              Price? Ingredients? The dipping sauces? Yay or nay on the greasy?

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                                                LA Buckeye Fan Sep 8, 2008 02:17 PM

                                                The patty was juicy not greasy. The dipping sauces were a spicy aioli..a honey mustardy one, and a pesto I think. (Sorry not 100% sure, wasn't my entree) I can't remember the price....you can checkout their menu at www.boneyardbistro.com.

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                                                  mrshankly Sep 9, 2008 11:26 AM

                                                  I concur on the patty melt. It is truly the gold standard of gourmet patty melts. Wagyu beef with caramelized onions grilled to perfection with cheese and juiceiness oozing everywhere... but not too greasy as to overwhelm the senses and make it inedible. It is fantastic!! The price is $22 the last I checked but I may be slightly off.

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                                                    Dogbite Williams Sep 9, 2008 08:15 PM

                                                    It's "only" $20.

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                                                      sel Sep 9, 2008 08:17 PM

                                                      That's $22 and when I try it try it this Thursday I'm hoping for a really special Patty Melt!!!

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                                                        compucook Sep 10, 2008 05:50 AM

                                                        We were there on Monday for the beer and fried chicken night. DH ordered the "burger of the day" for $20 and it was stupendous!
                                                        Kobe beef with marinated onions, a large slice of an extraordinary tomato, a cheese (feta?) lettuce etc. on a great bun. I cannot tell you how yummy it was. The flavor of the meat was terrific!
                                                        The fried chicken was very good, but next time, it's the burger for me.
                                                        The kitchen was a little slow but Michael our waiter was excellent. All in all a very good experience.
                                                        One note- we chose to eat outside as the inside area was so loud and made worse by the big screen tv showing Monday night football...

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                                                          LA Buckeye Fan Sep 10, 2008 09:43 PM

                                                          let us know what you think!

                                                      2. re: mrshankly
                                                        ReelMike84 Sep 10, 2008 07:39 AM

                                                        Ouch. I love a good patty melt, but $22?... Are the onions farmed by blind monks in the Himalayas?

                                                        What about the cheese and bread? Rye and American?

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                                                          Diana Sep 10, 2008 09:09 AM

                                                          HEre's the menu description:

                                                          “Southwest Patty Melt”
                                                          * Grilled Rye Bread * Gruyere & Cheddar Cheeses * Sautéed Onions,
                                                          Anaheim Chilies, & Bacon * Trio of Dipping Sauces (Avocado-Cilantro Ranch *1000 Island * Chipotle Aioli) 20

                                                          I think he uses some costlier ingredients than, say Pann's diner. I believe it's wagyu beef, but don't quote me on that.

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                                                            ReelMike84 Sep 10, 2008 09:41 AM

                                                            Interesting inclusion of the chilies. So this would be a spicier take on a patty melt.

                                                            I'll consider the patty melt if I finally make it to the Boneyard considering I've never encountered a gourmet interpretation. I'm more used to the grilled onions, american, rye variety at coffee shops.

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                                                              mrshankly Sep 10, 2008 11:49 AM

                                                              yes, it is Wagyu beef. Expensive at $22 but it's not your average patty melt. For patty melt fans and foodies, it's definitely worth getting at least once.

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                                                                carter Sep 10, 2008 12:06 PM

                                                                Once and for all folks, the patty melt is $20, not $22, and it is the best selling entree, so some people think it is so good they are coming back for it, meaning just not a one-time try. It is one of the least expensive entrees on the bistro side of the menu.
                                                                Now all I have to do is try it!

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                                                  carter Sep 2, 2008 05:07 PM

                                                  The Boneyard is actually a high quality restaurant, that happens to sell top quality beer, bbq, and burgers, among many other items, including the bistro menu. To dismiss the place with such carelessness misses the point of the place, and you deserve Swingin' Door, or Mr. Cecil's, etal
                                                  Good recommendations include the burgers, made with Wagyu beef and all kinds and combinations of additions, the short ribs, any salmon dish, the onion rings as a starter or dinner side dish if not a part of one of your orders, the sweet potato fries, any steak(bone-in ribeye especially), the Ancho Grilled Shrimp, the Catfish which may be as popular as any entree on the menu, or maybe a burrito with pulled pork, or brisket, etc.
                                                  Desserts are decadent - if you like a banana split, do have it. Been on the menu seemingly forever, and it has not been able to go on hiatus!
                                                  Great beer & wine selection. If you wanted to save a few bucks, bring a good bottle of wine, pay the $16 corkage, and have a great meal.
                                                  But their ribs are truly very tender, especially the babybacks and you can get out for around $20 per person by sticking with a ribs order, which comes with choice of two sides, and I always like the cole slaw, the beans or the collard greens yet others like the fried mac n cheese, which is not my thing.
                                                  Go on Monday nights for fried chicken night - realllllly good fried chicken, again not the cheapest, but you would not come here to meet the colonel, would you?
                                                  www.boneyardbistro.com for further details.

                                                  1. re: carter
                                                    ipsedixit Sep 3, 2008 01:38 PM

                                                    I agree with carter on this one.

                                                    People really shouldn't expect your typical BBQ shack, or hole-in-the-wall, when going to Boneyard. And in many respects, Boneyard isn't really a BBQ joint -- it's more of a mid to high-end restaurant that just happens to have a selection of BBQ items on its menu.

                                                    With that in mind, the prices at Boneyard are not out of line. Now, whether you like the food is a different issue and opnions can, and will, differ.

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