A few months back, my neighbor was telling me about a new restaurant in Framingham that I should try. “It’s called Bourbon’s, and the food is excellent,” he said. I told him I would look into it, and truth be told, I forgot all about it. Not to be deterred, he recently asked again if I had visited Bourbon’s, and since I had not, I assured him that I would not only visit – I’d compensate for my delay by writing a profile of Bourbons for Mass Foodies.
When you first arrive, do not be turned off by the exterior of the building. Give it a chance, as I believe you will be impressed with the feel of the interior. Bourbon’s Kitchen and Cocktail opened in 2016 with a strong country-bourbon concept. This includes oak barrel covers used on an accent wall and a general oak theme with tables and chairs. Just to clarify, bourbon whiskey is aged in oak barrels as are most wines. The restaurant staff know the menu well; do not be afraid to ask them for a drink recommendation. They can likewise guide you through your bourbon selection based on the food you order or your personal preferences.
Bourbon’s Kitchen and Cocktails is like no other restaurant in Framingham, in that the menu is built around the more than forty-five different bourbon offerings. This is accomplished by offering hearty dishes that can stand up to the smooth, yet robust flavors of bourbon whiskey. I began my meal with a signature Cherry in the Rye cocktail, made with Old Overholt Rye, cherry liqueur, and vanilla bitters, served in a chilled glass. My appetizer, or “shareable,” consisted of crispy truffles with truffle aioli and parmesan cheese. Other “shareable” options included the candied bacon, pork belly tacos, and buffalo cauliflower, as well as numerous other options to suit all diners. The main course was a fourteen-ounce ribeye steak served with a basket of truffle fries and topped with parmesan cheese. The steak was well prepared, and the fries exceeded my expectations. The menu also included options such as handmade gnocch and several signature pizzas.
A visit to Bourbon’s Kitchen and Cocktail is a must for anyone that is looking for a dining experience away from the more well known restaurant chains in the area. I look forward to my next visit, and I hope to see you there. Bourbon’s Kitchen and Cocktail is located at 47 Beacon Street, Framingham, MA 01701, and is open Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-close. I will also note that the website is well designed and does an excellent job of capturing the vibe and atmosphere of the restaurant.