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“Nice bar” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bare Bones Grill and Brewery

Bare Bones Grill and Brewery
Ranked #8 of 165 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maryland
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Nice bar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2010

We sat in the bar area. There was a good band for no cover charge, and a Saturday night $3 beer special for beers made on site. The pork barbecue sandwich was good, as was the gumbo and chili. The gumbo and chili were not too hot(heat or spice), but they were tasty. As for the microbrews, I thought the IPA was a little light on the hops, the porter was big and smoky, and the Red was a little mild. Although I've had better brews, it is nice to have this selection, and they were not bad. The music volume was just right, as you could still have a conversation without shouting. This is definitely a nice place to hear good music with good food and drink. I'll be back.

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Lynnwood, Washington
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“Decent food w/ decent atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2010

Onion loaf and horseradish sauce is great. Ribs have a great hint of spice to them but not the best ribs in the world but good food at a good price. They have both a dedicated dining and bar room so great for both sports groups as well as family dining.

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“Delicious fare, great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2009

My husband and I love eating at Bare Bones. Separated into 2 areas; an enclosed bar and the dining room, the scene fits whatever mood you're in. We've never been disappointed - it's a consistently clean restaurant featuring tasty dishes like BBQ pork (really - you have to try it!), perfectly grilled steaks & chicken and surprisingly addictive side dish items. Their butter beans are unparalleled and you MUST order the corn fritters. The service is always friendly, quick & attentive. Also a great place for sampling local beers! The specials are great - all you can eat ribs (which have the best tasty tangy sauce & meat falling off the bone!) and a lot more. All this and it's affordable, too - my husband's NY Strip steak sandwich dinner w/fresh (real) green beans and corn fritters plus my grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and cheese, corn fritters & butter beans was only $23. Highly recommended!!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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141 reviews
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“Great BBQ Ribs and Beer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2009

I only visit the place a couple times a year. But when I do, I usually order the BBQ Ribs. The sauce is amazing. I even took it home to my parents in Pittsburgh so they could try it at home! The homemade beer is tasty and the happy hour is great too. Their menu is a bit limited, but I could find something if I was not in the mood for ribs.

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“Good rib's, Home made beer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2009

Bare Bones in Ellicott City has decent food at reasonable prices. The restaurant has a large bar area that is separate from the dining areas. There is no smoking in Ellicott City bars and restaurants.

The baby back ribs and pulled pork are quite good, slow cooked and tender and served with a light glaze of their homemade barbeque sauce. The barbeque sauce is a bit sweet with a tad ketchup flavor. I like it. Their home made draft beer is worth the trip by itself. They also have real draft root beer that is quite good. Domestic drafts and cocktails are available. They also have carry out.

The food in general is grilled or broiled and is mostly ribs, steaks and seafood. The crab cakes are good, but not huge like those at other Baltimore establishments. The side dishes and appetizers are well made and are a good compliment to the beer and ribs. Their sandwiches are also quite tasty. The portions are well sized, in fact I don't ever remember eating dessert there. I am usually too full by the end of dinner.

I've been eating at Bare Bones for the 15 years I've been in the area and must say the quality of their food has always been good.

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