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Taps: 41 / Bottles: 130
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
13539 Ventura Blvd
phone: (818) 906-1427
(Place added by: brewmaster411 on 01-07-2007)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Heard about this place through Beer Advocate and meant to give it a try. Decided to go one night after my girlfriend reminded me of it...we were not disappointed in the slightest.
To start, we ordered the St Bernardus ABT 12 (on tap!!!) and a bottle of Unibroue Anniversary Ale. While we waited for our food, the waiter stopped by to bring us a sample of a beer made with wine grapes. Definitely not my type of beer, but very impressed that the waiter was friendly and nice enough to provide samples while we waited. It was during this sampling that the chef (Aaron) stopped by. We chatted about beer, expansion of the restaurant (bar with multiple taps), and food.
When the food arrived, we were moe than impressed. The Rib eye was amazing, only to be bested by the Beef Short Rib. Best BBQ we've had! The brownie dessert with a glass of Old Rasputin was a perfect finish.
We will definitely be back...actually we will be there this Sunday and I can't wait.
08-09-2007 00:13:00 |
More by dalamar7
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Smallish place. I'm still getting used to California eateries so I don't know what it's really like, size-wise, compared to most other strip mall restaurants in the Valley, but it seemed awful small to me. And crowded, even fairly late at night. The crowd was mostly upscale, very drunk and happy. There was no bar, so the only way you could sample the wide beer selection was to sit down for a meal. Good thing I was very hungry.
The waitress was very obviously stressed. I can't put too fine a point upon that.
As consisently impressed as I have been with the low price of beer in Southern California liquor stores, I've been equally repulsed by the high price of beer in bars. At the nicer bars I've stopped in, Buds are between 5-7 bucks and the "good" beers like Henieken and Newcastle have been between 7-9. Here at the boneyard, the bottles of good-but-not-great micros are overpriced, but the drafts of the great beers (like Speedway) were very reasonably priced. So, I guess what I'm saying is that if you are coming here, come here to drink hard, great beers, because the session ales are overpriced.
The price of the food was about what you'd pay at any good rib joint I've ever been to. And it was worth it. Best ribs I think I've ever had outside of Chicago (granted, the list of great rib places that I've been to outside of Chicago is small, but these were still very good ribs). Welll worth the price.
If you're in the area, stop by. I haven't really been wowed by too many LA eateries, so this really might be something special for this city.
08-02-2007 19:55:41 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
What a great find this is, I truly appreciated the value of BA Beerfly last night.
Having been to Father's Office in Santa Monica recently I found myself comparing the two locations as they are somewhat similar. As much as I liked Father's Office I prefer Boneyard Bistro. The beer list is just as (or more impressive) and the menu is more expansive. And it's not complete chaos in the Boneyard Bistro. On the Monday night I went it was very calm, laid back and there were open tables. Plus beers were half price!!
I had two Speedway Stouts on tap. That was my first tasting of Speedway as my local Bevmo seems to have every Alesmith beer other than Speedway. It lived up to the hype, awesome stout.
I had the burger as I wanted to see how it measured up to the Father's Office burger (rated best burger in LA) and in my view they are in the same class and for roughly the same price they blow away Bobby Flay's burger that I had at the Mesa Grill in Vegas. I had the Boneyard Bistro burger with cheese from Chimay. I'm not really that much of a cheese person but from what I gather they take their cheese seriously there.
You will definitely drop some $$$ but it's worth it.
06-12-2007 14:26:26 |
More by bgraney
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Beautiful place to eat meat and drink amazing beer. Great lighting, and some nice eye candy on the west wall, as well as a cool modern art/skylight thingy. The quality of everything involved with this place is absolutely stellar. I ate there last night and had kangaroo meat, which was incredible. The texture of the meat was similar to that of seared ahi, but with a nice gaminess. Preparation was perfect, side dishes were rice tempura and kimchee.
The quality, and quantity of beers is to die for, and what else would you expect from a restaraunt owned and operated by a homebrewer? It was a long day, so I had a couple of Alesmith IPA's on tap, and I had a nice sample of Craftsman's Cabernale, which made for an exquisite pairing with the kangaroo. There's a full lineup of Belgians, and domestic micros from Alesmith, Stone, Bear Republic, New Belgium, and many, many others. Around 140 total, a generous portion of which are available on tap.
This place ain't cheap, but neither is a Mercedes. The servers are knowledgeable, competent, and friendly as hell. I hear through the grapvine that expansion may be on the horizon, with a dedicated bar area and even more wonderful beers. I wish them the absolute best, and will go back as often as I can.
06-08-2007 04:41:51 |
More by jeffjfindley
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks and was very impressed with their selection of high-quality beers. A bit pricey, but the choice and the freshness made up for it. All the draft beers I sampled were in top-notch condition. They included:
Lost Coast Great White
St. Bernarndus 12
Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
AleSmith Speedway Stout
The food was super! Everyone in my party enjoyed their dish. The menu had a good range of choices and the owner, Aaron, suggested some excellent pairings with the beers.
The place has a nice ambiance and a patio, but no bar at least not yet. The service was top-notch too. For deals, I understand that AHA members will hopefully be getting a discount in the near future Guess that Maltose Falcon Members already do.
If you live in the Valley and are seeking a good beer and bite, Id highly recommend it. Its sure more convenient than driving to Fathers Office in Santa Monica or Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena.
03-15-2007 15:26:52 |
More by PagosaBeerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Boneyard Bistro is located on Ventura Boulevard and just 2 blocks east of Woodman in a location that previously housed a Thai restaurant. The restaurant has exposed brick walls, dark wood accents and the lighting and other fixtures are Ikea style modern. Not a large restaurant, the feeling is comfy and homey. There is patio seating available with a space heater for those cold winter nights.
Arriving, we were greeted by a very attractive hostess, who immediately seated us. Jim, our waiter, arrived within moments asking if we wanted drinks. Not wanting to rush, he was not taken aback when we asked to order drinks when we decided on the food. The service was fast, efficient and very friendly.
For starters, we ordered the pulled pork dumplings and grilled lamb chops served with Chimay Blue. The lamb chops were nicely smoked with red oak, buttery soft and melted in your mouth. It was served with a nice mixed green salad. A perfect way to start the dinner.
Unfortunately, I could not say the same for the dumplings. There were 6 dumplings with a side of coleslaw. It was mostly wanton skin with very little filling and it was drowned with sauce. While the sauce was nice, I really wanted to taste the pork. The coleslaw, on the other hand, was the best I ever tasted.
The drinks list is very impressive. There are 6 beers on tap and 37 bottles with 1 non-alcoholic. The wine selection is equally impressive. The wine menu is divided by varietal with a Meritage/Blend and Dessert Wines given their own category. It is user friendly for the novice, with enough selection to please the connoisseur.
For the main course we ordered the rib eye steak, from the Bistro menu, and the Three Way Rib Combo, from the BBQ menu. For the truly hungry, they offer a Chefs Cut steak that starts at 24 ounces. Since we were getting full from the appetizers, I decided on the 16 ounce steak, served with truffled mashers and caramelized shallots.
My steak came overflowing the platter. It was nicely grilled, very tender and flavorful; nothing to complain about the steak, but much to recommend it. The mashers were smooth and creamy, with a subtle truffle flavor, but there were no visible truffle specks. Unless the chef used white truffles and blended the potatoes until they were paste, I suspect he used truffle oil. There was a homemade Worcestershire sauce on the side.
The ribs were very aromatic with red oak wood. We got 2 beef ribs, several St. Louis and Baby back ribs, with the sauce on the side. Our choice of sides was baked beans and coleslaw. Other choices for sides include fried macaroni & cheese, collard greens, fries, or sweet potato fries.
Some other favorites that should be considered include the pulled pork, barbecued chicken, Portobello mushroom, and brisket. Any meat from the barbecue menu can be either an entrée or served as a sandwich.
For groups, he has a mega-platter that consists of baby backs, St. Louis ribs, beef ribs, a whole chicken, four meats, and eight sides. He says this can feed 8 to 10 people. Having seen the platter, it can easily feed up to 12 people.
02-22-2007 05:40:49 |
More by brewmaster411
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Chop/Steak house that does some high-end Bar-B-Q.
Chef/Owner is a budding Beer Advocate. Said out loud, "Beer works better with food than wine."
Currently has 5 beers on Draft (including Chimay White and Abt 12) and around 50 beers in bottles. Prices skew up weirdly and frankly the larger bottles are over-priced ($11 for Arrogant Bastard? No.).
Still pints are very reasonable and Monday is half-price beer night. All beer, half-off. $5.50 for a bomber of Arrogant Bastard is fine by me.
Now, the food. The food is exceptional. I have tried the brisket, the pulled pork, the sausage, the tri-tip, the venison, the baby back ribs and the fillet. All of it very good with the Fillet and the Brisket really being standouts. All kinds of combo plates are available (go for three meats!) and choose the St. Louis ribs over the pork. The Fillet is one of the best steaks I've ever eaten.
All in all a wonderful dining experience, a great chef/owner, great beer and a brownie desert that is to die for. or at least catch diabetes.
Future plans might just include expansion... 30-40 taps.
01-23-2007 20:09:11 |
More by jonnylieberman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
This is a tiny little space in the middle of Sherman Oak's high end restaurant row. A foreword: this place isn't cheap, but damn is it tasty.
Atmosphere is warm and inviting with a perfume of sweet hickory and red oak smoke that just makes me want to cry. Bottle the aroma of this place and give it to me as a cologne!
The beer list is extensive and its clear from talking with the chef that he's trying to make it an integral part of the dining experience. Go chef! Everything is grouped by loose categories. Be prepared for some sticker shock as the beer is priced like a wine list, e.g. a bottle of Allagash Curieux for $35 or a Rogue Imperial Pils for $30, but plenty of specials like $6 bottles of Rogue Santa's Reserve Dry Hopped.
The meat is amazing at this place. All slow cooked. I had Korean smoked Vension plate that was a special and tried all the different things my cohorts were trying.. Brisket, Baby Back Ribs, St. Louis Ribs, Tri-tip, pulled pork, etc.
Damn good stuff.
01-18-2007 20:24:47 |
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