Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Clean, green, backyard barbecue in Fayetteville

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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Greenhouse Grille is expanding to add a casual, back-yard barbecue food truck located behind its School Street location in Fayetteville. The Back Yard @Greenhouse Grille, is an ultra-laid back addition to the Greenhouse family of restaurants that features local meat-based barbecue as well as the now-famous black bean burger on a menu that’s sure to unite carnivores and die-hard vegans alike.

Meat-eaters will enjoy pulled pork, chopped beef and brisket by the half pound, or served on a toasty bun with coleslaw, chips and pickles. It’s barbecue with a hippie twist — not too greasy, locally raised meat with a sweet and smoky sauce. It's simple and unpretentious, a pleasant change from the sometimes overly sauced and greasy stewed meats found in many other food trucks. The coleslaw, too, is not over marinated in runny mayo, but is clean and flavorful. The slaw is served a bit on the dryer side, perhaps because it is intended more as a condiment than as a side dish. It is crunchy and flavorful without overpower the texture and taste of the pulled pork, and works to add a bit of color to an otherwise very brown dish. 

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I ordered the Black Bean Burger, a perennial favorite of mine that had disappeared from Greenhouse Grille’s menu a while back. The patties are made in-house, and have a pleasantly beany flavor with zesty cumin accents. They are crumbly in a way that assures me that they are indeed made fresh from scratch, and the obvious bean-chunks hint at their whole food origins. They’re chunky and satisfying, and provide a compelling reason to skip the meat, as good as it is. 

For extra veg-head credit, the sweet potato fries are perfect — not overly salty, and subtly sweet, they're ideal for pairing with the myriad dipping sauces or eaten au naturale. They make an excellent complement to an already filling meal, or the perfect sidekick to an afternoon beer. I prefer them paired with the spicy mustard and a Lost Forty Pilsner for a perfect summer appetizer. 

The Back Yard is located in a sunny patch just off the Razorback Greenway, making it trail-accessible and a perfect summer dinner destination. The cozy lawn-style furniture and small, twinkling light bulbs give it a friendly backyard vibe, and the small-but-good selection of craft brews make it an ideal local to while the summer evenings away. Next time you’re craving a meaty, saucy BBQ fix or a sunny summer beer, head to The Back Yard @Greenhouse Grille and check out this new spin on Southern classics. 

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