Sunday, May 10, 2015

Restaurant Review: Bull and Bear


The family and I tried something new for dinner last night - Bull and Bear Roadhouse in Liverpool, NY.  It opened recently, and its lot has been packed with cars ever since.  We decided it was high time to see what the fuss was about.

On first impression, the outside was neat, but could have used a little weeding in its landscaping.  Inside, it was quite noisy.  The bar was packed, but we were greeted and seated in the dining room right away.  The room was noticeably loud and quite warm.  I assume their A/C needs a little attention.  The heat was unpleasant, and the noise made it difficult to hold an across-the-table conversation without raising my voice.

Our orders were taken and brought to the table promptly.  The waitress was attentive without being pushy, and very honest about her opinions when we asked about the menu offerings.  The menu was not extensive, but sturdy and varied.  I ordered the Vermonter burger and loaded salts with a glass of ice water.  The meal cost $11.  The burger was generous and piled with toppings, but in no way was it done to hide the taste of the meat.  The meat itself was course-ground Angus chuck, and very flavorful.  In one bite, this became my new favorite burger in Central NY. The loaded salts were three salt potatoes with pulled pork, sour cream, and chives, and they hit the spot.  The pork was very good, seasoned nicely with a not-too-sweet, not-too-savory balance.  When finished with the meal, I was too stuffed for dessert. :)

Hubby ordered the Vermonter with tater tots and sriracha sauce.  It's hard to mess up a tater tot, but he enjoyed his meal.  My son got a grilled cheese and fries, which was a $4 meal and also generously portioned.  Overall, the meals and two soft drinks for my boys cost just over $30.

I would definitely visit again in spite of the noise and heat.  Pleasant experience and worth going back.

Rating: Four of five stars

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