Tyngsboro is now home to the newest barbeque joint around -- Bentley's Famous BBQ.
But owner Brandon Saldoni says what you'll find on his menu is an assortment of delectable meats and fine foods showcasing local farming. While others may tout ribs and steak in the style of Texas or Tennessee, Saldoni, 29, says he wants to bring to Greater Lowell a barbecue menu reflective of their own area.
- What's good to eat?
Adding in some "New Englandah" flare, most items on the menu at Bentley's are basic in name but pack a powerful punch of flavor.
The Big B Burgah, an 8-ounce grilled burger, is served on a bun with beer-battered onion rings piled on top, plus pulled pork and barbecue sauce ($11.99). Bentley's famous pulled pork is featured in the Hog Wild dish ($10), with meat smoked for 15 hours topped with creamy "slah," onion rings and sauce for a delightful sandwich. The 1/2 Chicken Dinnah ($13.99) is seasoned with a house rub and slow roasted until moist and tender.
To start things off for appetizers, the Oink, Peep, Moo is the most expensive item on the menu ($20.99) served with chicken, pulled pork, show-roasted brisket, two sides and corn bread. On the lighter side, Lil' Piggy Platters ($4.25) are smaller dishes with petite sandwiches. Bentley's doesn't forget salad with its Hogg Cobb Salad ($11). The salad has healthy servings of pork, bacon, diced hard-boiled eggs, shredded cheese and diced cherry tomatoes. The menu reads, "It makes your mind think you're eating healthy.
- Who's the owner?
Saldoni named the restaurant after his newborn son, Bentley. He worked as a chef for eight years and has opened his new restaurant on the former site of Duke's Pub and Grill.
"It's a success story for me, because I came out of nowhere and I just opened this space," he said.
All the apples used in the recipes are picked nearby -- Saldoni's a fan of local food, so he features Bolton Orchards. There are other surprises on the menu that visitors may find, too.
- More about the space
The business seats 200 people indoors and up to 400 outdoors, with a full functioning bar both inside and out.
Saldoni offers take-out and catering. He'll do lobster bakes and pig roasts at a place of your choice for a fee. He credits a recent LivingSocial.com offer for his bakes and roasts with helping put his catering business on the map. From there, Saldoni decided to open a brick-and-mortar location.
Saldoni is also bringing in cowboy dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, a shift from the dancing offered by the business' previous owner, Don DiRocco. DiRocco still owns the site, but Saldoni is renting and hopes to make his mark on the community in his own right.
- Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 p.m.-midnight
- Location: 147 Frost Road, Tyngsboro
- Prices: $5-$20
- Contact: http://www.bentleysfamousbbq.com/ or 508-406-8658.
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