BOYNTON’S BEST BACKYARD
Posted: 12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012
SUNDAY SPECIAL: The Backyard, Boynton Beach
BOYNTON’S BEST BACKYARD
The Backyard has a laid-back feel.
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
THE PLACE: True to its name, this really does feel like your backyard – that is, if your backyard is strung with colorful lights and done up in a rustic, island theme. And if it smells like someone’s grilling from an Airstream trailer parked by your fence. What’s on the grill? Meaty little Kobe beef sliders, for one, plus sirloin burgers and wings – all to be consumed to rollicking, live tunes. Welcome to The Backyard Boynton Beach (formerly Cuthill’s Backyard). It’s some backyard.
THE BACK STORY: Owner James Hall opened the place in March, building the open-air eatery from the ground up. There’s a partially covered area, but for the most part Backyard is blissfully open to the elements. This is the first of three eateries Hall has planned for that area of Federal, near Boynton Beach Boulevard.
GOOD BITES: The Backyard fish dip ($10) is smoky scoop of more-creamy-than-chunky dip served with carrots, jalapeños, peperoncini and tortilla chips. The conch fritter appetizer ($12), an occasional special, is a basket of patty-shaped fritters that are big on taste and conch factor and fried to a golden crisp. The fish tacos ($11) pop with delicious, spicy seasoning, tucked into grilled flour tortillas atop fresh slaw and Mexican cheese crumbles. And those Kobe sliders ($13), served three to an order, are juicy and flavorful beneath a veil of melted cheddar.
SUPER SIPS: The Backyard has some terrific craft beer on draft ($5 during Happy Hour). It was tough to choose between Due South brewery’s refreshing Southern Saison and Tequesta Brewing Company’s crisp Der Chancellor. (I went with Der Chancellor, my local favorite.)
DEALS: Happy Hour runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on week days. Monday is endless peel-and-eat shrimp ($12), Tuesday means “clam jam” night ($7.50 a dozen), Wednesday offers raw oysters ($7.50 a dozen), and Thursday brings all-you-can-eat tacos ($15).
NOISE LEVEL: It’s a bustling place, and it does get loud when there’s a live band in the house (which is six nights a week). It’s all good. Who needs deep conversation when the music’s live and the delicous bites keep coming?
BOTTOM LINE: Food and service, B
INFO: 511 N.E. Fourth St., Boynton Beach (enter from west side of North Federal Highway, just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard, at the row of green-lit palm trees); (561) 740-0399; TheBackyardBoyntonBeach.com; valet parking available at night; kitchen is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.