Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Backyard Oasis

     This summer has been a hot one!  WooHoo!  Is it too hot in your backyard to barbecue?  Well, maybe you should try this gathering place.  Backyard Bar-B-Q in downtown Lansing has a fabulous selection of hot and cold flat bread sandwiches, garden fresh salads, and cold beverages to whet your appetite and not break the bank.  My husband and I had a hard time making a decision as to what to eat here!  Everything looked so delicious!

     My hubby opted for what was on the specials board, the Cuban.  The Cuban is pulled pork, ham, swiss, topped with mustard, pickles and Cole slaw.  The regular price of this sandwich is $5.29, pretty good for a sandwich with lots of meat.  He also had a side of baked beans for $1.09.  The Cuban, according to my hubby, is a wonderful balance of flavors.  He was not too sure he would like the pulled pork and the ham together, but this sandwich changed his mind.  The slaw gave the sandwich a nice crunch without being overpowering, and the flatbread was melt-in-your-mouth good.

     My sandwich was their most popular, the Backyard Bar-B-Q pulled pork, for $5.19.  It was delicious!  It was a flatbread sandwich made with authentic hickory smoked pulled pork topped with Cole slaw.  I love their barbecue sauce.  It is flavorful and tangy with a bit of a kick, and I can not say enough about the flatbread.  I should have ordered one of the sides to go with my sandwich, as well.  The marinated veggies sounded delectable!  We will definitely return to try other foods.    

      Also, the decor is adorable!  It is the chairs in the dining room that make you feel as if you are sitting on the deck under the umbrella in the great outdoors, but in the comfort of air conditioning.  Higher chairs give kitschy, hand painted bar height seating along the wall, and lower chairs truly are canvas deck chairs around large round tables to give a very relaxed atmosphere.  There is an umbrella suspended from the ceiling, and the sign that points you to the restrooms direct you to a hot tub.  Although, I was a bit disappointed that there was not one.  Just kidding!

      If you would like a break from the heat and a break from cooking in a friendly, tranquil space,  give this backyard a try.