Boneyard-Uptown Minneapolis

March 14, 2014

Last night we went to Boneyard for the first time. The parking lot is still a little chewed up as they’re doing some construction on the patio area. So there aren’t as much parking as hopefully there will be once that’s done.

We used to go to Old Chicago all the time and were quite used to the way it looked so it was strange to walk into the space which is totally different. Where the bar at OC seemed to be an afterthought, here it’s the center of attention. The décor is rustic with lots of wood and exposed pipes and concrete. It’s a little like Urban Eatery in style.

I know the place is supposed to be Southern comfort food, but I’m confused about the plaid shirt uniforms. They seem a little hokey. To me, plaid doesn’t say The South, it says country, or 90s grunge. I think a black logo tee would make more sense but maybe that’s just me. I’ve never been to the South.

We walked to the bar and saw one of our favorite bartenders working there! Good sign. We sat down and there was plenty of room at the bar. It was about 4pm which is when happy hour starts (Monday through Friday).

The happy hour menu is [here]

I started with the Lavender Lemonade Refresher.


It was delicious and quite refreshing as advertized. I can’t wait to drink one of these on the huge patio this summer.
The place started filling up, and the bar was almost full by 5. The restaurant was filling up too but there were still plenty of spaces open there.
My next drink was the You’re a Daisy if You Do!

Daisy Do

Gah, what a terrible name. Why not just The Daisy? I assume we’re referring to Daisy from The Great Gatsby. Anyway, it was served in a goblet which was like the opposite of the Tardis, smaller on the inside. But it was a tasty drink, if a little too sweet for my taste. I moved on to beer after that. Nordeast is only $3 for a tall boy and that suits me fine. Greg drank only beer. He really liked the New Belgium Snapshot. I tasted it and it was really nice.

For food we ordered the Smoked and Spicy Dry Rub Wings and the Adouille Corn Dog Babies. Sorry I didn’t take photos, I wasn’t planning on blogging this.

The wings, we were told, were smoked then finished on the grill. I was expecting them to be…drier. They were a little slippery and the skin wasn’t crispy as you might expect from grilling. So the skin was a little wobbly making them feel fatty. But the taste was delicious. Very smoky, though not very spicy. I would order them again and hope they’re more crispy. Note: Greg liked them the way they are and disagrees with me that they should be crispier.

The Corn Dog Babies were also almost perfect. They were slices of sausage dipped in cornbread batter, deep fried and served with a Creole dipping sauce. They were delicious, but the skin on the sausage was hard to bite through so unless you wanted to shove the whole thing in your mouth (I chose not to) it sort of fell apart once you took bite #1. I would maybe cut the sausage smaller and serve more than 4 (I think it was 4) so that you could pop a whole one at once. Maybe I’m just picky, but I wouldn’t want to eat these on a date.

Our friends had the Watermelon and Feta salad and it looked good, small, but good. Chunks of watermelon with red onion and feta sprinkled on, served on a bit of lettuce.

They also had the Fried Mac & Cheese Bites. Those also looked pretty good. They’re about the size of ping pong balls. Breaded, not battered if I remember right.

Next time I want to try the tacos, they looked good as I saw them pass by.

I really enjoyed it and we plan to go back again. I’m excited about the patio and also that it’s walkable from my house!

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