It's been a while since I had visited B2 Bistro & Bar. In 2016, it was a staple of my Red Bank dining, but with the purchase of a new house and beer adventures taking me out of town, I've been on and off with revisiting. Yet, it's always nice to go back and grab a nice craft beer and enjoy with some good food. For this particular visit, I was able to partake on the Happy Hour food specials. I gathered my bar stool, hunkered down with a pint of Brix City Porter Authority and ordered three of the food items offered during my visit.
First up was the Chicken & Waffle Sandwich. The chicken's skin was crispy and crunchy to perfection. The waffle is described as a rice waffle but was a good combination with the chicken. What sets this dish apart is the whatever that syrup was used that was drizzled all over the chicken. The description on the menu said hot honey, but it was in a syrup type quality with a very nice spicey kick to it. I wish it had been drizzled a bit more over the waffles but I do understand that it is a sandwich. Whether it was honey with some jalapeño kick to it or a spicey syrup - it doesn't really matter, it's fantastic.
The Earl of Grilled Cheese was next. Shaved pork with fontina cheese dance together along with some pickled red onions and whole grain mustard. This is such a good sandwich. Simple, yet tasty, the mustard brings all of the components together. The shaved pork is delicious and the cheese is melted to perfection, but the mustard elevates everything. I'd absolutely recommend this.
Last but not least - The Daily Dog. It looks like B2 changes this daily, so whatever version you may order, might not be the same as mine. Or, who knows, it might. Either way (and I can't believe I am going to say this) but the Daily Dog was my favorite of the three items. That all-pork hot dog was so damn good. The bread was toasted to perfection and held in the cheese perfectly. The pickled red onions add a nice tang to contrast the cheese and hot dog. As soon as this hot dog was finished, I wanted another.
The worst part of having these three wonderful items was the fact that I saw multiple others being brought out to very happy customers. I saw the Rally Fries come out and that's next on my list. The Hash Brown sounds amazing and so does the Octopus Arancini. I love this Happy Hour specials menu and hope that something of a similar magnitude continues on after the summer. There's plenty more items for myself to check out and hopefully in 2018, we'll see that ever revolving draft list include some of Red Bank's own brews!
If you want to see happy hour times and days just click on this: B2 Bistro & Bar Happy Hour