We tried to go here last weekend for brunch and it was packed. Thinking that was a good sign, we went for lunch later in the week. First of all, the parking lot was packed. No valet, finding a spot took a while.
We decided to have lunch at the bar. This is a very, very noisy restaurant, even half full. When we took our stools, I was weirdly about 3" lower than my hub. I switched to the other side of him and towered over him. Turns out the heavy, metal stools were "adjustable". Not willing to stick my hand under a barstool, the friendly barman got me a stool of suitable height. Though the barstools had backs, they were metal while the other diners were seated on doctor style stools, no backs, just little round stools. Most of the people eating looked pretty uncomfortable.
There was a decent selection if draft beers and a full bar. The barman was very nice but clueless. Being our first time, we had menu questions. I could tell, he was guessing how to explain the answers. "What kind of cheese do you have?" His answer was, "light, creamy chedder, american, sorta". Hmm, ok. Are the veggies pickled in house? What kind of bread? What is the fry on the froglegs? Clueless. To add offense, they offerred a pastrami "hot brown". Hub was intrigued until the answer was "it's like in a fry pan, with gravy, like a poutine". Again, confusing.
Hub ordered the Bosscat Burger ($15 before cheese) and I got the Simple Burger. We both ordered medium and both came out well, overwell. The soft bun was doused in butter or oil, making the entire sandwich greasy. His burger was ground with bacon. It was so over salty, he wouldn't finish the second half. The $6 fries were generous, but no one told us they were big wedges. Big, oily wedges. The pickled veggies were hard as rocks with zero seasoning. Clearly, the pickles in the mix were straight from a jar, limp and bland. The biggest offense was the bizarre cheese. It was kinda shredded, kinda chopped, but definately not melted. It was completely unidentifiable. For an extra $2, i expect a selection or at least Havarti as a nice in between.
Two burgers, fries, veg, 4 drafts...$74!
We really didn't like Bosscats. Though they have a second location in Texas, it reminded me of a place a rich daddy bought for their kid. Inappropriate noise level, uncomfortable seating, unknowledgable staff and food that clearly has the markings of a chef trying to "trendy up" good old school cooking.
Clearly, they are marketing to local hipster college kids, which is okay with me, just not a place a local adult would enjoy.
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