Bison County Smokehouse And Grill
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
3.29/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited 8/25/2010 for just beers. Bartender was Hillary.
Decent tap selection, but not huge. Bottle selection looked like it might have been better, and the sign out front touted that it was recently increased, but there was no bottle list and Hillary didn't know all of them. She did pull some of the newer ones out for me to look at.
Looks like it could be a hoppin' place at dinner time or on another night. As it was, it was moderately busy with a couple tables drinking after dinner and a handful of us at the bar.
Hillary was very attentive and responsive, but as mentioned above, wasn't extremely knowledgeable about the beer. In addition to not knowing the bottle list very well, she didn't know exactly which Palm beer they had on tap, only that it was Belgian.
They had just tapped a new keg of Berkshire Steel Rails. My sample had a very off smell and taste (a friend concurred). When I mentioned it to Hillary, she smelled and tasted and said it couldn't be right. She poured and dumped a pint or two, then pulled another sample that was much better. Not sure what the problem was, thinking it was something in the lines. So she gains points for this, but still disappointed a bit on her overall beer knowledge.
I'm out here for business frequently. I'd like to come back for the food some time and update my review. Maybe they'll have a bottle list.
08-26-2010 05:29:14 | More by MichaelinFishers
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
calling bison county a beer bar, in my opinion, is a bit of a stretch. i really do like this place, but it seems like the last three times i've been in there i stared at the tap list for five minutes, and ended up ordering a hop devil each time. and last time i was there pretty much everyone around me was drinking bud and coors light. they do have a nice selection of bottles and that includes your standard belgians, but my philosophy is draft when out - bottles at home. all the bbq i've had has been decent, good sized portions for the cost. sides are some-what predictable and unexciting. i've never tried any of the tex-mex because there are much better options in the neighborhood. apps seem to be the most consistent - catfish nuggets, buffalo shrimp, arizona egg rolls are my faves. great place to sit at the bar and watch a game while enjoying a beer and an appetizer. hope to see more of a draft selection in the future.
06-15-2010 19:39:24 | More by BeerGood
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Got there ahead of my party so I got to sit at the bar and have a couple. Decent bottle and tap selection, with a mix of local, US, and foreign brews. Beer menu was a bit out of date, but they rotate enough through where there are beer specials, both tap and bottle. Runs the gamut, from a bunch of crappy Mexican beers to Chimay (I saw blue and red). Good selection on tap, Smutty, BBC, Magic Hat, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, etc. plus the usual Bud light. This establishment does lean toward better beer, though.
Quality and Service roll in together on this one. Got a recommendation from the bartender on Stone Mill, and got a pint. It was shit-awful sour, and he immediately noticed i wasn't drinking it. He tasted it himself and we both knew it was a bad keg. He gave me an alternative beer on the house and later, after I was seated with friends, gave me a sampler so I knew what it tasted like. he gets a 5.0, but the person serving the food kinda screwed up our orders. Nothing horrific, but it takes a little out of the meal (no BBQ sauce to go with the pulled pork/chicken, wrong sides). We ate it, but she blew it.
Food qualty is good. I've eaten here many times, and the food (taste) is always top-notch. I got the bison tips, and the quantity for $16 was a bit skimpy. Delicious, but when I got home, I had to eat. The straight-up bbq that everyone else got was plentiful.
Not killer in the price department, but you need to pay attention to what you get. This is the best of the bbq joints in Waltham. Parking is free and easy in the parking garage, and the place is right across the street. Overall, with a try for the brew and chew.
11-13-2009 15:31:22 | More by OtherShoe2
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Man I miss this place big time. I haven't been there much since I moved but can't figure out why, other than convenience.
The BBQ is generally excellent and very underrated considering you don't typically hear this place mentioned when good local BBQ spots are discussed. The food may be the focus, but they have a nice selection of beers on tap and a lot of good bottles as well; Dogfish IBA, Midas Touch, Delierium Tremens, etc. For technically being a non-beer bar its about as good as it will get.
Good service, fun and relaxed atmosphere to watch a game or just enjoy some good food and beers. Bison also has very reasonable prices for beer and food. Their pulled chicken is also the best. I think I'll go back this week...
08-19-2009 00:39:47 | More by j37geogaddi
Bison County Smokehouse And Grill in Waltham, MA
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.