Jack Perkins of Maple & Motor fame debuted his highly anticipated barbecue joint The Slow Bone in the Design District today, right across the street from lunch favorite Off-Site Kitchen. The atmosphere is pretty no-frills, as would be expected from Perkins, with some cool touches: neon beer logos, vintage signs, a trophy from last November's MeatFight prominently displayed, and even a motorcycle that's suspended from the rafters by chains. Chalkboard menus display the day's offerings for consideration before patrons step up to the cafeteria-style line and place their orders.
Perkins' much-lauded brisket that won him a trophy at last year's Meatfight event is on offer, of course, glistening with fat under a crusty black bark that's been rubbed with coffee; there's also three different varieties of sausage with snappy casings, baby back and St. Louis-style ribs, and half-chickens. Meats can be ordered a la carte or as part of a two- or three-meat platter option. Once the meats have been decided upon, there's the matter of sides, with several varieties to debate between including a creamy cauliflower and Brussels sprouts gratin, pinto beans, and a few cold salad and slaw options, plus cornbread or massive hush puppies.
Besides several bar-height tables, there's also a main dining area with booths, and a poured concrete bar offering half a dozen beers on tap (the usual suspects like Shiner and Dos Equis); teetotalers can opt for glass bottled Coke or Triple XXX root beer. There's also an apple-mint tea on offer, in addition to the usual sweet and unsweetened.
Slow Bone is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
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