After learning that Boonie's was closing on Friday as a catering company is taking over the space, I immediately summoned a small herd of accomplices to come along with me to finally try it out.
My friend ended up ordering a second order of the pulled pork sandwich and seasoned fries, with a cornbread muffin after devouring the his first order. My gf and I shared the large dinner and a pulled pork sandwich ourselves. The ribs were fantastic - the fall off the bone kind you always hear, and not too lean. Perfect amount of sauce that was sweet, a little tangy and a touch smokey. The pulled pork sandwich was melt in your mouth good, lots of moist pork just enough sauce with a soft bun toasted on the inside, and with a small lather of condiments and some shredded cabbage. The leafy collards, which went great with the meal were cooked well with a nice tang to it, while the mac and cheese, like all the other dishes, were definitely of homestyle character without the orange colour you'd normally see. The cornbread muffin? I ended up eating the whole thing myself and should've ordered another. Portions are sumptuous, and we were filled up to our eyes when we left, without feeling gross - the same kind of feeling when you eat those glorious home cooked holiday dinners. Prices are excellent and considering similar prices elsewhere yields a much different, and lesser quality plate and how much more it would cost to replicate it at home and the time needed to cook it I'd rather spend my money on someone else's cooking.
Cafeteria style so they take your order and give you a number slip. Nevertheless, the staff are your southern hospitality bred, with owner Boonie regularly pacing in and out from the kitchen to the tables, either serving up orders, bringing orders to tables, or cleaning up empty plates while chatting it up with all the customers and checking up on them. Another staff member came out a couple of times during our meal to check up on everyone eating and topping up their waters. Considering you don't even need to leave a tip, the service was well beyond expectations.
The space isn't going to win any awards, but it's clean, with comfortable padded chairs, a small tv, and even a small area for kids to spend their energy. Flatware, condiments and water is all self-serve at the counter. Their cutlery could be cleaned a little better (some hard waterspotting etched in) but that's about all there to nitpick.
This is southern home-cooked, comfort food at it's best. It's not suppose to be fancy - one truly has to appreciate this kind of food; honest eats without pretension. Can't wait until Boonie opens up his own place. Can't miss.