Bare Bones Grill & Brewery is the kind of place to visit when you can provide the inspiration for the night.
Everyone once in a while, I just get in the mood for onion rings and barbecue ribs. We rode that craving to Bare Bones on Rte 40 in Ellicott City, and we left feeling sated and satisfied.
First came the onion loaf. Not rings, but more a pile of battered onion pieces deep fried and served with a horseradish-flavored sauce. Hot, the onion loaf was exactly what I wanted. We pulled out individual "rings," and the onion was sweet and moist. After about half, I could feel the oil coming out of my pores as I smiled, so I pushed the remainder away.
Good thing, because we also ordered a full plate of ribs. Bare Bones satisfied both side of our divided family. Mrs. HowChow likes "fall off the bone" ribs -- for example Lone Star Steakhouse in Columbia. I'd rather chew a little to avoid meat that has become soft and flavorless in the oven -- for example Kloby's off Rte 29 or Pappy's Smokehouse that I discovered when I was stuck in St. Louis. Bare Bones delivered on both accounts -- tender and flavorful, with a pretty good cole slaw and an unusual fritter made by deep-frying kernels of corn.
Consider Bare Bones for a night when you want to satisfy a crowd. Those ribs -- and the other standard American fare -- will please a wide range of people, including those who might not want to experiment at Shin Chon Garden. It's also ideal for a table of kids. You get a beer. You get some onion ribs. You get some ribs. When you're in the mood, that can really work.
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
9150 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
NEAR: Bare Bones is on Rte 40 just west of Rte 29. It is in the Chatham Mall shopping center, which is the huge center just west of St. Johns Lane. Bare Bones is on the far west side of the center.