Boneyard Bistro

13539 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA

Parking: $4.50 valet or $2 for 2 hours metered street parking
Days: Monday-FridayTimes: 4:30-6:30pmDrink Deals: 25% off Draft Beers & glasses of Wine. $4 Wells, $7 Daily CocktailFood Deals: $4-12 on comfort food bites

It’s so hard to go to happy hour at a great place like Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks because you want to eat EVERYTHING! Since I’ve recently gotten into the Cardio Barre workout (love it!), I’ve been a bit more cautious about what I eat. Not to worry though, I’m a Midwestern girl with an appetite so I’m always going to dig in… just now I may be putting in an extra workout as a result.

Boneyard Bistro is all about the BBQ and an interesting take on comfort food. The happy hour menu features 10 items from hummus & pita ($4) to a rib basket ($12). My friend, Arielle, and I ordered the Fried Mac & Cheese ($4), Bacon-wrapped Kobe Meatloaf Sliders ($7) served with a side of coleslaw, and Ragin’ Cajun Gator Tacos ($9). Yes, the tacos are made with real gator meat flown in from Louisiana. Once upon a time, I had gator nuggets on a trip to Mardi Gras, but don’t really remember anything about them (perhaps it was all the hurricanes?) so I was willing to be daring again. The gator meat is lightly breaded with cornmeal like most catfish dishes, and it has a texture between fish and chicken. The tacos were pretty tasty and I’m sure to remember them this time. Hands down my favorite dish was the Bacon-wrapped Kobe Meatloaf Sliders! The bacon! The meatloaf! The crispy onions! I could easily eat a regular sized sandwich of that, but it’s probably better they stay slider size.

Bacon-wrapped Kobe Meatloaf Sliders ($7 for two + coleslaw)

Ragin’ Cajun Gator Tacos ($9)

During happy hour, all draft beers and glasses of wine are 25% off. I had the Stoldman Sauvignon Blanc ($7.50) and my friend, Arielle, ordered a Russian River Redemption beer ($4.50) at the suggestion of the bartender. There are 42 beers on draft that are always changing so there’s something for everyone! If you’re a fan of The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, then you would definitely love Boneyard Bistro. As for cocktails, there is a different cocktail featured each day for $7 and judging by the bar set-up of eye droppers, different bottles of bitters, and more, a cocktail is always sure to be a good one. On my visit, the featured drink was the Panama Hat, but the bar got so busy that I didn’t get to find out what was in it.

Drinking wine for a good cause

42 ever changing beers on draft!

In addition to the amazing food and drinks, the service was pretty outstanding, too. The staff didn't break a sweat as the place got crowded, and one bartender even kept his cool when a rude guy walked in and placed a difficult to-go order. I was impressed because I would have told that guy “To Go!” The bartender, Quinton, was even great about helping us select dishes and even pointing out other popular dishes on the menu or as they were being served to other people.
Damn him. That was so nice of him.

Big thanks to Arielle for introducing to me to this amazing happy hour!

There’s no doubt that I will be back to Boneyard Bistro for happy hour.

Rating: 5 Martinis
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