Posts Tagged ‘Pipersville’

Yes, this is a Smoking Establishment

July 21, 2009

D'Ag's Bar SignDonna and I went for a drive Sunday to the Ottsville Inn in northern Bucks County. I remember seeing ads for it  Bucks County Hearld and always wanted to go but when we got there is was closed.

Ottsville Inn signSo we ended up at D’Ag’s just down the 611 from the Ottsville Inn. The first thing I noticed on the way in was a sign that said “Yes, this is a Smoking Establishment”. So OK Dorthy we may not be in Kansas any more. LOL. This was not a restaurant, this was a Bar and proud of it.

 It was dark inside but despite the warning, actually not smokey at all.  The U-Shaped Bar was full of regulars and competative game of skeet ball was underway. It reminder me of the U sharped bar at the Pineville Tavern just a little bigger.  Donna and I found our way to a table in the middle area of the bar and sat down. We reviewed the one page menu and checked out the Happy Hour Complementry Kielbasa & Kraut and Perogies. Donna opted for the Amgus Burger and I went for the Hot Wing.

D'Ag's Angus BurgerDonna’s Burger was a great bar burger. Cheap, tasty and fast. The toasted bun arrived with a char-grilled 4 ounch patty with some decent processed cheese. The burger comes with choice of ketchup or no ketchup but you can get French Fries instead of chips. It was a working man’s burger in a working man’s bar.

D'Ag's Chicken WingsI went for the Chicken Wings. The waitress advised they came as either BBQ or Hot but I could get the Hot Sauce on the side. She made it seem like they were going to burn my mouth off so I decided to go with the sauce on the side. The wings arrived quickly as good bar food does. I was surprised that they order came with Baby Carrots when virtually every other places we had wings didn’t offer carrots. The medium sized wings we nice and crispy, just like I like them. The Hot Sauce was actually pertty mild and basically the classic butter and commerical hot sauce mixed together. I found the sauce a little runny but mild enough for me. The Blue Cheese Dressing was very good with some good cheese chunks on the bottom of the sauce. A good mayo based sauce that matched with sweet chicken meat. A good wing and at a great bar price.  For other wing suggestions, check out the Best of Bucks County – Wings page.

My fellow bloggers at Bucks County Taste have a great post on what makes up a great bar and based on their criteria I think  D’Ag’s would score pretty high although I didn’t see a lot of bourbon being consumed.  I think D’Ag’s is a Cool Bar and I can’t wait to go there for an Eagles Game cause I gotta believe the place with rock.

Oh head’s up they take only cash

D’Ag’s, 7349 Easton Road, Pipersville PA 18947                       215-766-9605

Oink Johnson’s Southern BBQ

July 5, 2009

Oink Johnson's BBQI recently found the Bucks County Taste blog and contacted Lynn Goldman to see if we exchanged links as we were both blogging about food here in Bucks Co. Lynn was kind enough to link back to my blog and comment on what I was doing.  She liked a few things about the blog but was quick to point out that Big Bob’s BBQ was not the Best in BucksCo. –  BBQ but rather Oink Johnson’s was. So today Donna and I jumped in the car to try out Oink’s.

Oink Johnson's BBQ MenuThanks Lynn for the tip, we liked Oink Johnson’s Southern BBQ a great deal.  The simple menu, three mains and three sides are executed with a passion for authentic BBQ.  Oink makes Ribs, Pulled Pork and Beef Brisket as mains and Green Beans & Potatoes with Ham Hocks, Baked Beans and Coleslaw. The prices are reasonable as well with a Rack of Ribs being only $20.  Donna and I got our meals for about $20 and still took home food for the boys.  Good value here.

Pulled Pork Platter at Oink Johnson'sDonna went for the Pulled Pork Platter with Miss Shelley’s Baked Beans and Sonia’s Slaw. The Pulled Pork was very good with the Homemade BBQ Sauce poured over it. The pork was sweet but still maintained a meaty pork taste even with the strong BBQ sauce.  Sonia’s Slaw is made from Jack’s Mom’s old family recipe.  It’s a cabbage only slaw that needed a bit more crunch and little less dressing.

Ribs Platter at Oink Johnson

I went for the Ribs Platter. I got a half dozen ribs covered in the Hickory BBQ Sauce. The ribs were smoked for 5 hours and had the classic smoke ring on each one. The ribs were moist, lightly smoked and sweet to taste.  They had a nice density to the texture, not the overrated fall-off-the-bone but rather enough of a texture that you need to bite into them to get the meat off the bone. My only concern was that there was some extra connective tissue that should have been cut off by the butcher or cook before I got it. Not bad but I would rather not have that if I don’t have to. Miss Shelley’s Baked Beans were very good. Donna and I both like the sweet rich taste of the beans that obviously had been baking for hours. But despite hours of baking, the actual beans maintained their shape not like the mush we had been served just down the road and at a more permanent restaurant. The Green Beans & Potato with Ham Hocks were my attempt at getting some vegetables, remember my doctor reads this too, LOL. This side had one bite-sized potato with decent green beans but a great deal of pork hocks. A nice side with all three components cooked well and blending into a savory side order that help cut the sweetness in the ribs and beans.  A good combo that I highly recommend.

Both combos come with Corn Bread that is actually very good.  A nice light bread, good corn taste, good balance of sweet and salt tastes but slightly dry and little crumbly. Actually it was the second best corn bread I have had after Derrick’s I mean Naylon’s. LOL. BTW Oink Johnson’s is open only Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s.

Sorry Lynn, I still think Big Bob’s BBQ is still number one on my Best of Bucks Co-BBQ but I think Oink’s is number two. Perhaps we can go together to both places on the same day and compare.  That would make an interesting post for both our blogs.

Read other review about Oink Johnson’s here.

Oink Johnson’s BBQ, Route 611, Pipersville, PA                 215-518-2056

Cactus Grill

June 9, 2009

Margarita at Cactus GrillFacebook friend and co-worker Deb suggested that we try Cactus Grill in Pipersville as part of our Memorial Day  Best of Bucks Co Burger Search.  We didn’t make it that weekend but we made it today.

It was a beautiful sunny day for a change so we opted to sit outside on Cactus Grill’s deck over looking pastoral Bucks County.  With an name like Cactus Grill we figured the Margaritas would be good so we ordered one.  They did have mango margaritas on the specials board but we didn’t see that until after we ordered drinks.  I liked the presentation of the margarita; a special cocktail glass, ice-cold lime green liquid, white foam head and a lime garnish. The first taste was the classic tart-sweet mix of a margarita bar mix with a Mild Tequila flavour coming thru.  I was hoping for fresh fruit juices but the bar mix was actually Refreshing on the warm afternoon. BBQ Chicken at Cactus Grill So net-net not a bad drink.

Donna went for the BBQ Chicken Special and I went for the Cactus Angus Burger as Deb suggested.  Donna’s special came with baked beans, corn-on-the-cob and potato salad.  The rustic presentation of BBQ dish was a little too rustic for me but it was ok. The Baked Beans were a little mushy in texture but the bean flavour along with a smokey bacon taste came thru in the dish.  The Potato Salad had nice chunks of red potatoes and crisp celery in a vinaigrette dressing.  Donna and I are both fans of mayo-based potato salad. The Corn actually photographed better than it was.  In reality it was slightly dried out and not fresh.  A couple of bites confirmed the less than fresh status.  The highlight of Donna’s dish was the BBQ Sauce on the chicken. It had a nice smokey sweet taste with a thick consistency.  The sauce made the slightly dry BBQ Chicken pieces enjoyable.  The generous portion of chicken made the meal a good value.

Cactus Angus Burger

The Cactus Angus Burger comes with American cheese, grilled onions, mushrooms and bacon.  The Burger was good with the 8 oz patty of ground Angus Beefgiving the burger a good meaty burger taste.  The first bite came thru with a smokey-bacon cheese flavour.  Despite only two pieces of bacon, bacon flavour seemed to be in every bite.  The American Cheese actually tasted more like provolone and was a good addition to the burger.  The Caramelized Onions were  cut into serious sized chunks that were sweet with a little bit of char.  The Mushrooms were heated thru but unfortunately placed on top of the bacon and onions allowing them to escape with each bite.  Put them under the cheese people it will reduce the “drop-age”.  Other than that it was a good burger and worthy of an Honourable Mention on our Best of Bucks Co – Burger list.  The fries are also worthy of note. The unique shaped fries were crispy on the outside with a creamy potato filling inside. They were also well seasoned with some garlic salt and pepper. Very nice.

Half Rack of Ribs at Cactus Grill

Outside on the patio, we were sitting beside a sign bragging on their “Best BBQ Ribs” so we had to try that too.  Since the burger and chicken were so filling we got them to go knowing that ribs in our home refrigerator have a “life expectancy” of 3-4 hours at best once Ryan or Robbie know the ribs are there. The to-go ordered featured the same half-moon seasoned fries and a Half-a-Rack of Ribs for $8.99. Good value for the order but most importantly the ribs were very good.  They used the same BBQ Sauce from the BBQ chicken and it really worked with ribs too.  The ribs were meaty and had a dense texture to the flesh.  Many people like the a fall-off-the-bone texture but I prefer a cooked rib that holds to the bone, tender to the bite and covered in thick BBQ Sauce.  Cactus Grill’s rib gave us that.  The flesh was moist with a sweet taste that matched well with the tang of the BBQ sauce.  These are excellent ribs and worth the trip to North Bucks.  In fact the ribs are so good, I have placed them in the Best of Bucks Co – Ribs Top 5  list here on the blog.

Read other reviews of Cactus Grill here, here and here.

Cactus Grill, 7200 Easton Rd, Pipersville, PA, 18947        215-766-9840