How about a strip mall? You’d be surprised what you can find in a strip mall. The hotel front desk person gave us a list of many places to eat within walking distance. Jen and I stumble into a smokehouse called,”The Bull and Boar”. Seeing as baby back ribs are one of my favorite foods we thought we’d give it a try.
We were greeted at the front of the restaurant by a friendly hostess. She took the care to seat us in a booth that wouldn’t blind us from all the bright sun. Our waitress, Shanna, was great. She was friendly, knowledgeable about wines from the county as well as the ones on their wine list. She knew the full menu back to back and was very attentive without being obtrusive. After pointing out the daily specials Shanna gave us a few minutes to look over the menu .
Deciding on what we were both going to have for dinner, Jen chose this wine , as it would be a good match for both meals. The Bull and Boar, unfortunately, makes the same mistake in storing their wines as most restaurants do. Stored over the bar under the hot pot lights. The wine was too warm.
The menu was very well written. Easy to read and not crowded. The special was a smoked prime rib cut to order. Jen ordered the Gals cut medium rare and had eaten it before I could take a picture. But she told me it was very tender, perfectly medium rare with just a hint of smokiness.
My choice was ,of course, the baby back ribs. A full rack of ribs with just the dry rub on them and two sauces on the side for dipping. A Maple Bourbon bbq sauce and their Hot Mama bbq sauce. Too much cumin in both sauces but still very good. The ribs were very dry on the outside and very juicy on the inside. Tons of meat that came off the bones with ease.
Both of our entree’s came with two side dishes of our choosing. Jen only picked one side, a salad. I picked a salad and baked beans. The salad was okay. Just your basic salad with a smoked tomato dressing. A bit too sweet but okay. The corn bread ultra-mini muffin that came with my ribs could have been a bit bigger. It was about the size of a silver dollar and very dry.
The highlight of the meal was the Baked beans! OMG!!!! I was in shock at the amount of flavour in them. Just after I’d had my first taste of them, Shanna, came over to make sure our meals were okay. “Absolutely F’n Incredible”!!, was my answer to her.They were so good I used Jens second side to get a second order of them.
The secret to these baked beans is : They put pulled pork and burnt ends in them. The smokiness and spiced flavour was to die for. Next time we go to the Bull and Boar, I’m getting a bowl of baked beans, toast and a beer. That will take me to food heaven.
As always, I check out the cleanliness of the rest rooms. Spotlessly clean as was the whole restaurant.
This meal cost us $85.00 and Shanna was so good we tipped her $20.
Will we go back to the Bull and Boar? YES!!! And you should go there too.
Located at 13 Bell Blvd.