Restaurant Road Trip: Chef Inspired BBQ at ‘The Cook and The Bear’

the cook and the bear west hartford ct restaurant road trip

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — This week on Restaurant Road Trip, Chef Plum is taking you on a culinary adventure to West Hartford, CT. The Cook & The Bear is a chef inspired BBQ restaurant nestled in Blue Back Square.

Restaurant Road Trip with Chef Plum is presented by: Ergo Chef KnivesAsylum Distillery, and the CT Chef’s Challenge to benefit Optimus Healthcare.

The new West Hartford hot spot is the brainchild of James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Tyler Anderson, and BBQ Pitmaster, Jamie “The Bear” McDonald of Bear’s Smokehouse. Chef Anderson explains the menu:

Half of it is vegetarian actually, and 85% of the menu is gluten free. We do a chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon from the smoker.

Beyond the unique cuisine, the bar is stocked with a wide selection of bourbons:

So as you can see, like half this restaurant was built to be a bar. So when you come in you sort of make a decision: Am I drinking, or eating or doing both? But we wanted this to feel like fun, late-night. We have a great head “Cocktologist”, I call him.

Chef Plum and Chef Anderson went back into the kitchen:

We didn’t want this to be a fancy restaurant and have fancy things. We wanted people to be able to come in and afford it. Obviously we sell a lot of Mac n’ Cheese, ’cause its a barbecue restaurant. Three cheese Mac n’ Cheese, with like a garlic crumble. This comes in from a whole hog. This is from a farm like 15 miles away.
Oh… and there’s a drink called the Tom Seleck. Nothing says BBQ quite like Magnum PI.
I wanted to do something where you eat with your hands, where you sit-down, where its loud, where its casual, where its messy… and where its just fun. And this is that.
Visit The Cook & The Bear and tell them Chef Plum sent you: 50 Memorial Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107

Be sure to support the local businesses who make this show happen: Ergo Chef KnivesAsylum Distillery, and the CT Chef’s Challenge to benefit Optimus Healthcare. Do you have an idea for a place for us to visit on ‘Restaurant Road Trip?’ Visit us on Facebook to let us know, tweet Chef Plum, or email us.

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