Fall Off the Bone is a big place hiding in plain sight, in the old Chasen’s nightclub off Riverside Drive. It’s quite the flashback, walking into the bar that still looks like it did in its heyday back in the ‘90s, but now you turn to the left and get greeted by a sweet-faced young lady who wants to take your order.
We came twice — once for dinner on a Thursday night and then on a Sunday for lunch. The experiences were quite different. For dinner, we ordered fried turkey wings, steak and shrimp, fried pork chips, and a tricked out baked potato. My $10 baked potato was full of chicken, a little steak, and a few shrimp, doused with a lot of nacho cheese sauce but no butter or sour cream. Our $15 steak and shrimp plate included a tasty, hammered-flat steak and four broiled shrimp, with a small amount of collard greens and corn on the cob that had been battered and fried. The fried pork chops and turkey wings were delicious.
On our Sunday visit, the place was much busier. The menu board listed ribs, oxtails, chitterlings, fried chicken wings, neckbone and rice, beef roast with potatoes and carrots, baked chicken, along with those turkey wings and fried pork chops. Sunday sides included kale, mixed peas, dressing, squash casserole, broccoli casserole, yams, potato salad and fresh green beans. At $10 for a meat and two sides, this was a much better value than we had on Thursday evening.
The ribs truly were fall-off-the-bone and served in a sweet vinegar-based barbecue sauce. The amount was more than generous for the $10 charge, and the squash casserole and candied yams on the side were just like mama would make if she could cook. My fried whole chicken wings were a little dry, so I used some of the rib sauce. My mac and cheese on this visit was so much better, hotter, and cheesier than on our Thursday visit that I highly recommend coming either for lunch or on a Sunday.
For dessert, we chose both offerings for $5 each. The strawberry shortcake is made from store-bought pound cake, but the cake-like peach cobbler is from scratch.
Fall Off the Bone is a unique experience and, for some of us, a blast from the past.
Fall Off the Bone
Address: 105 Holiday Drive
Hours: Noon-8 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit card
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 86
Price range: $10-15
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