📍: 160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
⏰: Opens at Noon and closes at 10 PM on most days
🅿️: Street Parking
Located right in the middle of Back Bay, just a few minutes of walking away from Beacon Hill, Newbury St, Chinatown, Buttermilk & Bourbon is a modern Southern restaurant that you can’t miss! The first thing that will come to your attention as you walk inside the restaurant is the bar countertop, filled with rows of heavy liquors, a lively atmosphere (even during a weekday lunch), the modern decorations, and an oyster/fresh seafood bar to showcase its New Orleans influence.
We ordered the House Special Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($14; boneless fried thighs), 2 Fried Chicken Sliders ($14), and Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs ($14). The fried chicken was simply amazing! Juicy, moist, perfectly seasoned, the batter was thin, crispy, and crunchy, and the Nashville seasoning added even more flavor to the chicken while not being overwhelmingly spicy. Their fried chicken is for sure levels above your average fried chicken. The portions were also plentiful (4 big boneless thighs for just $14). We highly recommend trying all 3 of the accommodating sauces (sweet & spicy, BBQ, and white BBQ) as they all nicely complemented the fried chicken.
As for the sliders, let me say that these burgers were the most giant sliders that we have ever seen. The chicken patty was thicker with more batter and crunch to differentiate itself from the fried chicken, and there was no Nashville seasoning. On the other hand, the sliders were simple (basically just the slightly-toasted bun with chicken patty and pickles), which allows you to soak in the deliciousness of the chicken patty fully. These sliders are well worth the money ($7/slider at a classy restaurant seems like a bargain if you think about how it’s just as big as an actual chicken burger at Shake Shack ($7.5) and is arguably worse).
Lastly, we had the ribs, which were juicy and had the distinct tangy Memphis-style sauce, but the sweet spoonbread underneath was the star of this dish!
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