They call it the Party on the Patio, but the weekly all-you-can-eat feast at Country Catering could never be contained on a mere patio. More accurately, it's the Party on the Patio, Front Yard and Parking Lot.
That's because the eastside barbecue joint's delectable Friday evening pig out has become so popular that the scores of Bendites who come out on a weekly basis spread themselves out over most of Country Catering's property, making for a downhome neighborhood barbecue sort of feel. And to top it off, there's also live music.
But let's cut to the chase here and discuss the focal point of these parties: the food. And did I mention you can eat as much of it as you'd like? Looks like I did, but it's worth mentioning twice because the offerings at Country Catering far exceed what one might expect from a buffet dinner. Let alone an unlimited one.
I started off with a measured, sensible amount of beef brisket on roll, some coleslaw, baked beans and a pinch of pulled pork, all of which I promptly doused with a slightly embarrassing - but perfectly delicious - amount of the restaurant's zesty barbecue sauce. As I listened to the sounds of a local bluegrass band, sipped a Boneyard pale ale and rested my elbows atop the throwback red-and-white checkered table cloth, I quickly plowed through this first round. Remember that pinch of pulled pork? Yeah, turns out no self-respecting barbecue fan could be satiated by a mere pinch of this juicy offering.
Thus, I headed back for round two, snatching up a mountainous pile of juicy pork and a piece of each of the other meats that rotate through the buffet over the course of these Friday night parties. When I returned to my table, one of the strangers with whom I was sharing a picnic table (another element that adds to the friendly atmosphere of these feasts) said something like, "Looks like you've got a taste of the pork, eh?" Indeed I had - and everything else, too.
Country Catering's Party on the Patio
900 SE Wilson, 541-383-5014. Bendcatering.com.
Upcoming Music Schedule:
July 15: Summit Express Jazz Band
July 22: Five Pint Mary
July 29: Audiolized