Restaurant Review: The Cook & the Bear

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I am part of a family of five and recently both my younger siblings got their drivers licenses. Although a momentous occasion and a source of a lot of sisterly pride, this reality also causes somewhat of a dilemma with sharing the cars. Luckily, we are fortunate enough to have 3 cars, but with both my parents working and my brother needing to get to golf practice right after school, there are days when I am car-less. This sometimes makes me want to give up on having plans and lie on my couch instead. But, it’s important to remember that you can still go out and do fun things (yes, even without a car).

Today, I decided to get out of my of my no-car-blues by walking into the center of my town to try out a new restaurant called The Cook & the Bear. It was a nice day and the walk was only about a mile. When I arrived and walked in, I was immediately greeted by a friendly hostess. She offered me a choice of seats: either a small table in the center of the restaurant or a stool at the bar. I decided on the bar because the restaurant was busy and I figured I didn’t need a table for just myself.

I was impressed looking at the southern-style barbecue menu. The restaurant offered a variety of comfort food favorites and bar bites like mac and cheese, buttermilk biscuits, wings, slaw, grits. The menu is sure to be a hit with meat-lovers in particular.

After examining the options, I ordered the pulled pork sandwich. It came topped with mustard slaw, scallions, and with a side of bread and butter pickles. The toasted bun paired well with the juicy, tender, hand-pulled pork. My favorite part of the meal were the sauces that came self-serve on the side: Carolina mustard, Texas black pepper, grizzly hot BBQ, and Kansas City sweet sauce. I topped my pulled pork with a little bit of each and decided my favorites were the black pepper and the grizzly hot.

My overall experience at The Cook & the Bear was great. The service was incredibly quick: I had my food within minutes of ordering and the bartender and other employees were attentive and friendly. The meal was also priced well for the large portions you receive.

If you want to check out the restaurant, visit them at 50 Memorial Rd, West Hartford, CT in Blue Back Square. They have a call-ahead list and even do delivery and takeout. They are open from 12 pm until 12 am Thursday through Saturday, from 12 pm to 11 pm on Monday and Tuesday, and from 12 pm until 10 pm on Sunday.

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights are particularly good times to give this place a try; Monday is trivia night starting at 7:30 pm, Wednesday brings 50 cent wings, and Thursday offers late night happy hour and beef ribs.

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