Last week I had the chance to dine at a wonderful restaurant on Cape Cod. Located in the heart of downtown Falmouth, the Bear in Boots GastroPub was nothing short of delightful and I can’t wait to tell you how much I loved it.
If you’re wondering where the name Bear in Boots came from, there’s a really sweet story behind it. Wife and Husband duo, Kate and Gates Rickard, named the restaurant after their three children, who are affectionately known to their parents as Boots, Bear, and Squirrel. Although their youngest daughter’s nickname didn’t make it into the name of the restaurant, when you eat at Bear and Boots you will surely notice the strategically placed squirrel decorations.
I dined with three other local bloggers the night we went and the four of us were treated to a nice variety of menu items that were all prepared by Chef Joseph Ellia. Joseph spent some time with us talking about the practices at the restaurant and how many of the dishes were prepared.
**Disclosure: Although all the food I ate that day was complimentary, as always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.
Each night Bear in Boots offers specials in addition to their regular menu. One of the things off of the specials menu that we tried were these wonderful potato pierogies with house-made dry aged saucisson sec. Oh, they were so good.
The food on our table was plentiful that night, but the highlight of my night was this Table Pretzel, which was served with stone ground mustard that they made themselves at the Bear in Boots. It came out warm and was just to die for.
Another thing that the four of us gobbled up was the gnocchi, which was served in a brown butter sauce with pistachios and some roasted squash.
The Poutine (fries with duck confit, cheddar cheese curd and gravy) was also a huge hit among the ladies at our table.
Other things we all
devoured really enjoyed were:
The Long Island Meatballs, which are made with ground beef, pork and veal. Yum.
Grilled Caesar Salad, yes it was grilled – and absolutely phenomenal.
Oh this this Brisket, which was served over a a jalapeno biscuit and came with truffle fries was just amazing. The biscuit complimented the meat perfectly.
The four of us adored this Cassoulet, which is a French stew made with lamb, duck, cured bacon. Nom Nom.
What impressed me the most about the Bear in Boots GastroPub was their scratch kitchen. Everything on their menu is made right in house. They do all their own butchering, make their own sausages, pastas, breads, ice creams, cakes, drink mixers, ketchup and mayonnaise.
I also loved that they have an open kitchen at the Bear in Boots. I always appreciate being able to see the food being prepared.
Chef sent out a selection of desserts for the four of us to share. We shared some Creme Bruleee, Cheesecake and Cranberry donuts (yum).
Bear in Boots has a full bar and offer a really nice menu of Craft cocktails, which are made using house infused alcohols. I truly enjoyed eating there and am looking forward to getting back again soon.
Bear in Boots GastroPub is located at 285 Main St in Falmouth. There is plenty of free parking along Main Street.