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Thursday, June 02, 2005

REVIEW: Boyd & Charlie's BBQ

posted by Foodie-E

Adventures in Old Town Elkhorn

A long time ago, I felt the urge to write about Boyd and Charlie's BBQ in Elkhorn and have since then never felt the urge to write again for GFC. My husband has been persistently nagging me to write an update to my previous Boyd and Charlie's BBQ review for GFC since I went again... without him. :) The first time we went, we weren't prepared and had to take pictures of the food with our camera phone, but the second time, I was prepared and being the good little photographer that I am, I took pictures of everything. I'm not much of an active blogger, but with much persistence, he has won, and I am writing. So without further ado, these are my thoughts on Boyd and Charlie's BBQ.

The outside of the building is really cool looking with it's red brick exterior and big windows. The inside, is a bit of a different story if you're not prepared. Inside, you'll find a big dark wood bar, with high back dark wood booths lining the sides, a piano in the back, an embossed stamped tin ceiling, and exposed brick by the tall arched windows which reminded me of an old saloon. Then I saw several animal heads mounted to the wall, Christmas lights mounted above the back of the bar and an odd mural of 'entertainment' and that reminded me I was in the middle of the country in a small town. It's a bit dark inside, but at least the windows let in enough light to see your food - sunglasses are a must when exiting the restaurant. But you didn't start reading this for my opinion of the atmosphere, so, on with the food.

When I sat down at my table, I immediately noticed bottles of BBQ sauce for our tasting - Regular, Spicy, and Whiskey. The Regular had good flavor, but was a bit more on the vinegary side and a little too much for me. I wish I could tell you about the Spicy sauce, but I am a spicy/hot weenie and did not attempt - I've been told I have more taste buds than the average person, so I'm very sensitive to spices. :) I promise, on my next trip, I will try some. The Whiskey sauce was my favorite. It's like the regular, only less vinegary and it's got more OOMPH. It's hard for me to describe right now since I forgot to take notes while eating there...oh well, I guess I'll have to take one for the team and go again...

My table ordered the sweet potato chips to start with. These. Were. Awesome. Now, I'll admit that I am a bit biased and love almost any kind of sweet potato fry, but really, they were served with ranch dressing for dipping and were so tasty. They were crispy on the outside and tender but not mealy on the inside, however, I could have dealt with a little less grease. What surprised me was that I could improve upon the favor by using a teeny bit of ranch dressing and adding a small squeeze of the Whiskey sauce. YUM. There were some salted roasted soy beans that came with these which I found really odd since the flavor didn't really do anything for the sweet potatoes but if someone at your table likes soy beans, hey, I say go for it and chow down.

We had different sandwiches between us all that day. The pork sandwich with fries, the chicken sandwich with corn pie, and the brisket sandwich with coleslaw. Each of the sandwiches were about the same, average, but made much tastier with the addition of sauce. The pork and the brisket were very moist and tender, but parts of the chicken pieces were on the dry side.

Onto the sides... The coleslaw, in my opinion, left much to be desired. It had a lot of celery seed and was pretty vinegary. Do you see a theme here? Either they like really vinegar, or I don't and I'm pretty sure it's the former. The fries were good, lightly battered with seasoned flour, but depending on your grease tolerance, they may be a bit much if you've already ordered the sweet potato chips. Now, the corn pie, if you read my previous post [ED. The previous post has been removed], you'll know that I like this stuff. So much so, that I said I would probably go back just for the corn pie. Well, now I know for a fact that I would indeed come back for just some sweet potato fries and the corn pie, it is just that good. It's kind of sweet, kind of bready, kind of puddingy, and it is the best creation to come of the kernelly vegetable since corn on the cob itself! The best way to describe it is that it's a cross between moist cornbread and the sweet corn stuff they give you at Chevy's Tex-Mex restaurant.

So, there it is, in a nutshell, Boyd and Charlie's BBQ - a place with pretty good BBQ sandwiches and a few stellar sides. Stop by if you're in the area; or if my pictures and description of the food have piqued your interest, make a special trip out there I think you'll be glad you did.

Boyd & Charlie's BBQ
204th & Maple

Rating: 86

202 Main St (map)
Elkhorn Omaha, NE
(402) 289-4772

Hours of Operation
  Monday — Saturday: UNKNOWN
  Sunday: Closed

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