Boiler Nine Bar & Grill

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So on Easter evening my daughters were a little hungry, but didn’t want to have another big meal after having had Easter brunch at Italic.  My niece recommended a few places in her area of Austin which had good cocktails and small plates/appetizers.  From her recommendations we chose Boiler Nine, located at 800 W. Cesar Chavez Street.

This was interestingly themed, and did look like a boiler room thanks to the wall art and decor…

We were able to get a table right away despite not having a reservation and we chose to sit outside.  We started here by ordering cocktails…

Here’s what we chose…

Left front: Lambic Peach Sour with Lambic peach beer, Bergamot bourbon, ginger root honey, lemon and mint

Right front: Devil’s Cup with White Pimm’s, blackcurrant, ginger beer, lemon, herbs and fruit

Back center: Isabella with Lillet Rose, Morrison Raspberry, B9  Herbed Gin, Lime, Minerals

We each tasted all three drinks and my daughters both preferred the Lambic Peach Sour, saying it was really good.  As for me, I liked the drink I ordered best, which was the Isabella.

Then we ordered some things to share…

First from the “To Start” section of the menu we ordered the…

Beer Bread with BBQ salt, caramelized onion, smoked beef fat butter and beer jam

This was very good but there were only two pieces for the three of us so I had to try to divide them into three equal shares.  Not an easy task!

Next from the “Small Plates” section we ordered this…

Berkshire Pork Ribs with balsamic fish sauce glaze, cucumber salad, jalapeno, and lime

These were also very good and luckily this time there were three ribs, thank goodness!  It would have been even more difficult to divide two ribs three ways, lol.

After these, we were all still a bit hungry but didn’t want to order entrees.  So instead we ordered something from the “For the Table” section…

Cheese Board – This week’s selections of cheeses & accompaniments, olives, nuts, fruit, bread and crackers.  (Our cheeses from left to right: Mt. Tam goat cheese, Texas cheddar, and a French bleu cheese)

All three cheeses were very good but my favorite was the bleu.  Luckily neither of my daughters will eat blue cheese of any kind, so I got this cheese all to myself.  The accompaniments (diced pears, some kind of mustard and apple butter) were all very good with the cheeses.  Then there were wafer thin sesame crackers and toasts, along with walnuts and green olives that were sweet from the caramelized onions that accompanied them.   This was an excellent cheese board and well worth the $19.00.

So overall we were very pleased with my niece’s recommendation and our impromptu visit to Boiler Nine.   We gave this light meal a rating of 4 1/2 stars, which is better than the 4 star rating given to Boiler Nine by both Yelp and Trip Advisor reviewers.  Also of note is that the Trip Advisor ranking for Boiler Nine is #378 best of all Austin restaurants reviewed, and it’s very similarly ranked on Yelp at #381.  

 
 
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