Bobby Q’s Cue & Co. (www.bobbyqsrestaurant.com), the latest offering from Bob LeRose (Bobby Q’s in Westport, Bobby Q’s Pit Stop in Greenwich), has officially opened its doors in Norwalk’s new Waypointe District (11 Merwin Street).
“After our successful soft opening this summer, the entire team was counting down to officially announcing our newest venture with a ribbon cutting on September 12,” said LeRose. “The foundation of our menu is tried and true BBQ favorites – ribs, brisket, pulled pork and more – but alongside of it, other offerings to satisfy the taste buds of all diners. While friends from our former location in Westport will find some of their old favorites still on the menu, this is Bobby Q’s 2.0, offering a la carte BBQ options that empower diners to create their own combinations of mains and side dishes – a personalized platter! – along with traditional entrees.”
Broken up into ten sections, the menu offers:
· “Something Shared:” Starter options meant to be shared, including Wood-Kissed (Smoked) Chicken Wings, Pork Belly Banh Mini’s and Nola BBQ Shrimp, along with Bobby Q’s classic BBQ Nachos, Frizzled Onions and Deep-Fried Pickles.
· “Something Baked:” All-new Flatbreads highlighting the best of the south from Charleston, Austin and New Orleans.
· “Something Green:” Salad options including BBQ Ranch Salad, Southwest Caesar and Watermelon Salad.
· “Something Between Bread:” Classic BBQ Sandwiches including Brisket, Pulled Pork and Grilled Chicken, as well as a BBQ twist on a Reuben, Fried Chicken Sandwich and vegetarian Jackfruit option.
· “Something Smoked:” Traditional BBQ meat offerings – Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and Beef Burnt Ends – are offered a la carte in ¼ lb. or ½ lb. size, as well as a ½ Chicken, St. Louis Ribs (1/4, ½ or Full Rack) and Texas Pork Sausage. Pitmaster Platters include pre-set meat options with the diner’s choice of sides.
· “Something Plated:” Full plate offerings include Fried Smoked Chicken, BBQ Glazed Salmon, Shrimp & Grits and Bobby Q’s famous Baby Back Ribs.
· “Something Juicy:” Five burger options are available with a signature 8oz. blend of brisket, chuck and short rib.
· “Something on the Side:” Side dishes include Bobby Q’s famous Pit Beans and a re-tooled Mac & Cheese recipe, as well as Collard Greens, Bacon Cheddar Grits, and Grilled BBQ Street Corn.
· “Something Sweet:” Six dessert offerings complement the BBQ meal, including Peanut Butter Cup S’Mores, Southern Chocolate Cola Cake and Apple Cider Donuts.
The kitchen, led by Executive Chef and General Manager Ole Knudsen, follows the “pit to plate” mentality, serving Bobby Q’s classic smoked meat recipes and methods the same day its cooked. The delivery of fresh fruit and produce daily allows for an all-new cocktail menu featuring beverages created using freshly-squeezed fruit juices and muddled fruit.
“We’re currently offering lunch and dinner seven days a week for dine-in, take-out and delivery, and are looking forward to old friends returning and new friends seeing what this re-imagined Bobby Q’s is all about,” added LeRose. “Over the coming months, we’ll be adding happy hour, weekend Brunch service, launching our live music series and celebrating football season with Tailgating favorites. As we settle into our new neighborhood, we’re excited to be a member of this vibrant, growing community in South Norwalk.”
The new 4,300 square foot location features high ceilings, white-washed wood paneling and a soundtrack of upbeat New Orleans-influenced Funk and Blues music. Elements from the old Westport location have been woven into this reimagined brighter space, including corrugated metal at the bar and string lighting in the main dining room. The main dining room accommodates 100 diners, with seating options including traditional picnic tables and both tables and banquettes featuring custom-designed 100-year-old reclaimed hard pine wood tabletops by Brooklyn, New York-based CounterEvolution. Seating for 50 in the bar area includes high top tables and bar seating – also with tabletops from CounterEvolution – as well as a private dining room for 25. Complimentary covered parking is available at a parking garage with an entrance on Merwin Street directly across from the restaurant’s front doors, as well as metered street parking.