Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ

What a great name for a wine bar and BBQ place. What's even better is the quality of food per $$ spent after a long day of wine tasting in Napa, CA. I would not expect to want ribs and BBQ after all those great Cabernets and Merlots, but I can assure you I did not want any wine with dinner. Bounty Hunter is a great mix of wine bar (for those still needing some more fermented grapes) and BBQ spot all rolled into one approachable and fun atmosphere. You can even sit in a saddle at the table if you so choose. The menu is simple and straightforward but offers plenty of options.

We started with an artichoke and spinach dip that was more artichoke and less cheese/spinach than I had ever tasted. Not my preferred style but still tasty. There were a few beef brisket or pulled pork sandwiches ordered in addition to my full rack of ribs. However Erica and Alyssa stole the show with a beer can chicken that came to the table in full bird glory. We were quite amused since Erica had just recently made one at home, and this must be one of the few restaurants in the country to serve one to the public like this.








There was plenty of food to go around with very generous portions. The chicken was delicious and could feed an army. The beef brisket sandwich I tasted was amazing, and I didn't hear any complaints from the pulled pork crew either. My ribs were pretty good, very tender and well cooked but I prefer my bones a little sturdier so I can eat the meat directly from them. Also, one of my main criteria for good BBQ is the sauce, and I very much enjoyed their "spicy" sauce. They use mostly black pepper to generate the heat so it's a more subtle and longer to hit flavor (vs. a hot sauce run for the water heat). I used the BBQ sauce on the rubs, the chicken, brisket, anything I could get my hands on.

We didn't come close to finishing all the food and walked out with a very full doggy bag .The value is hard to comprehend with $13 sandwiches (plus a side), and entrees $20-30 that could server 2+. Our service was great even though we didn't order any wine :) and especially helpful in saving us a table before we arrived.

I highly recommend checking out Bounty Hunter for a great and easy meal in Napa (especially after a long day of wine tasting, but not required). The wine list is overwhelming, the food local and fresh and the BBQ tasty and plentiful.

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