Twice is nice, third time’s a charm at B.J. Ryan’s BANC House in Norwalk

28 May
Ladies and gentleman:  The Healthy Elvis sandwich.  We're talking bananas, strips of thick smoky bacon, and peanut butter served up on whole wheat bread.

Ladies and gentleman: The Healthy Elvis sandwich. We’re talking bananas, strips of thick smoky bacon, and peanut butter served up on whole wheat bread.  Lobster roll in the background…

When we first went to B.J. Ryan’s B•AN•C (BBQ and crabs) back in November 2011, we were excited for an awesome meal.   The weather was beautiful so we sat outside under their awesome covered patio.  When the food arrived, though, we were pretty disappointed.   There were some highlights like the drink selections and the bacon wrapped dates, but the BBQ ribs, chicken, and risotto we had were way too dry and overcooked.

Now the ribs had a nice char and were anything but dry...

Now the ribs had a nice char and were anything but dry…

Then, a few months back, Kristien’s boss’s band, Ask Your Mom, was playing at B•AN•C, so we decided to give it another try.  We asked Derek what to try and he (and some of his band mates) suggested the Lazy Bacon pork belly.  Smart man that Derek is, because the pork belly was excellent, with a nice ratio of fat to meat.  We also had some ribs that were cooked very nicely, charred on the outside, delicate on the inside, coming off the bone with a gentle tug…totally different than the ribs that we first had.  And, of course, we ordered the bacon wrapped dates because they kicked butt last time.  The mixed drinks were great too and, hey, it’s hard to beat live music at a BBQ joint. We were very happy to see such improvement.

Then, a few weeks ago Kristien needed some oysters−like she always does once the weather turns beautiful. We sat outside and checked out the menu again. They had a great variety of oysters, especially local ones.  Our waitress was very knowledgeable about all the different types, where they were from, and even some of the tasting notes for them. While Kristien slurped up her fresh oysters in delight, Dan chowed down on some excellent fried pickles.  What can you say about fried pickles other than they are awesome? But, they’re especially awesome here because there was just the right amount of breading, fried just to the perfect level of crispness.

Lazy Bacon makes you lazy once you eat it, definitely

Lazy Bacon makes you lazy once you eat it, definitely

As for our main meals, Dan didn’t want to spoil his upcoming dinner (psh, riiiiight), so he got The Healthy Elvis Sandwich special. Oh, but healthy… yeeeeaaaah, not so much. Start with peanut butter and bananas and add some thick, smoky bacon, then put it on healthy and nutritious whole wheat bread (ahhh, there’s the healthy part). Dan could have ordered beans, slaw, or fries but he went with the taters.  Very nice crispness, good amount of salt…some nice fries.  The whole sandwich experience was just so overwhelming it shut Dan up for a bit…partly because of the peanut butter, partly because it was just that damn good.  Kristien ordered a lobster roll which came out on a grilled and buttered bun.  The lobster itself was cooked pretty close to perfect, had the right amount of butter and a little lemon. It was definitely a nice meal for a warmer spring day. Kristien loooooves her seafood on a warm spring and summer day!

So, although we did first give B•AN•C 2.5 noms, we are moving up their rating to 3.5 Noms.  Seems that second and third times are quite the charm.  Just goes to show, sometimes first impressions aren’t always right.

B•AN•C House
Noms:  3.5
Cost:  $$$
Address: 16 River Street
Norwalk, CT 06850
Phone:  (203) 838-2722
Site: http://www.bjryansbanchouse.com

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7 Responses to “Twice is nice, third time’s a charm at B.J. Ryan’s BANC House in Norwalk”

  1. Jessica @ Fit Talker May 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I agree that first impressions aren’t always accurate. However, sometimes it’s hard to get past a first, second, or even third impression if it’s not favorable.
    I’ve been to BANC house a few times and wasn’t overly impressed, yet I gave them another shot each time. The nail in the coffin was when my friend chicken came out raw. It’s unfortunate that I can’t really get past that since they have a nice menu and are so closeby. Maybe one day when I’m a bigger person (mentally, not from eating a ton). :)

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    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Man, we totally know how you feel. We didn’t want to go and risk having a bad meal, but her boss was playing, so we decided to just try it out. Just curious, about how long ago were these past 2 visits?

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      • Jessica @ Fit Talker May 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

        The raw chicken incident was March 2012, so it has been a while. I think I may have gone once since, but I can’t be sure.
        Did something change there?

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        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

          We had our bad experience back in November 2011, so when you visited it was just a few months later. So, we’re thinking they took some quality control over their food. It was definitely better when we went back.

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        • Jessica @ Fit Talker May 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

          I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and definitely try them again when someone else is paying. :)

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        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro May 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

          Yeah, we totally hear ya. Totally.

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