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Sep 25, 2008 11:18 PM

Boneyard Bistro Tonight

While my last couple of bbq experiences here were unmemorable (ordered baby backs and beef ribs to go not long ago and thought food was good, not great, and expensive, 30 bucks for the combo) tonight I ate at the restaurant, alone, and had some of the best pork ribs I've had in Los Angeles, period. The St. Louis spare ribs. Just looking at them I knew. They were lush. I didn't even try the sauce on them, they were that compelling and complex and excellent. I'm doing a bbq article for my blog and so have been doing a serious re-visiting of bbq joints I've known and loved (and some new ones I've never tried) so I have a lot of pork ribs under my belt the past few weeks, and I repeat, these spare ribs -- top notch. And by the way, the fried mac and cheese dipped into the Louisiana hot sauce, also pretty stellar. And Aaron, the owner, as always, a complete pleasure.

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  1. But isn't that place trendy or something? Since you're obviously in the mood to state the case, la tache, how about putting it all on the line? In other words, do you have to hold your nose, mentally speaking, to get to that delicious-sounding fried mac and cheesh? -SB

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    1. re: sbritchky

      While I wasn't sold on the food at BYB from my one visit, I will say that it is the antithesis of "trendy" - without a doubt. And an unbelievably great beer selection, for which I pay well earned homage to them.

      1. re: sbritchky

        No nose-holding. Fun place. Extremely welcoming. The big distinction between eating bbq and mac and cheese here versus most anywhere else is that here you can actually make an evening out of it. It's not just a feeding. Casual setting but great beer and wine and great place to hang and eat and drink and have conversation -- both with your dining companion(s) and with Aaron, who is always up to talk food, wine, beer, barbecue, relationships, religion -- and I'd bet sports and politics too, though I've never gone there. Yes, it's more expensive than your average bbq shack but that's the conceit -- this is a restaurant. Oh, and I'm psyched to try his chili dogs and nachos, served for weekend brunches. So yeah, I guess I am in the mood to state the case.

        1. re: la tache burger

          I went there a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed the heirloom tomato/goat cheese stack appetizer. My daughter was smitten with the waiter so I was able to swindle her out of several of her lamb chops, which were outstanding. I only had to give up one bite of my burger in the trade.

        2. re: sbritchky

          You might be thinking of Father's Office, sbritchky. Some have issues with its perceived trendiness.

        3. The ribs are good. I'm going Saturday night for din din. Can't wait!

          There is no snooty 'tude at Boneyard. It is "upscale", but the food is down home real, as are the people.

          "Upscale" does not mean "trendy"!

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          1. re: Diana

            I went this past Sunday and opted for the burger of the day which had grilled peaches. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to go there but I'm glad I did. The way the sweetness of the peaches cut through the burger, bbq sauce and veg was really outstanding.
            Also; the oktoberfest pretzels & mustard were very good also.

          2. And no one's even mentioned the Stinky Burger!

            Boneyard Bistro
            13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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            1. re: maxzook

              nobody mentions that Stinky Burger since it hasn't been on the menu recently is why...

              1. re: Hypnotic23

                It's never been on the menu from their website, but it's been available the three times I've gone.

            2. The fried mac and cheese wedges at BYB didn't wow me -- sort of like gilding the lily. But I thought their brisket was great!

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              1. re: Baconriffic

                Agreed on both counts.

                Also, Aaron's patty melt is SUBLIME! I recently posted my review of it, if you care to search. I'd copy and paste the link, but I can't on the system I am on.