Bosscat Kitchen & Libations Review
From the mind of Executive and Culinary Director Chef Peter Petro is whiskey room and eatery Bosscat Kitchen & Libations. Located in Orange, California and multiple Texas cities, Bosscat serves up traditional American food with modern flavors and cooking techniques. With their take on the nation’s comfort food, their impressive whiskey collection alongside other drinks stands out and keeps regulars pouring in for brunch and dinner treats with business partners and loved ones. Beginning as a bar, Bosscat aims to maintain an approachable, unique environment and become your next favorite restaurant, which we’ll be dissecting in this Bosscat restaurant review.
Bosscat: A New Woodlands Addition
Opened recently in early February 2023 is Bosscat‘s newest location in The Woodlands’ Market Street, an upscale outdoor community featuring local dining spots, luxury brand shops such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci, community lifestyle stores. The Woodlands location offers three different menus: Lunch & Dinner, Brunch, and Happy Hour, with hours for each in the section below. The Lunch & Dinner menu by far has the largest selection of starters, main dishes, sandwiches, soups & salads, and sides, while Brunch and Happy Hour focus on starter courses and beverages. In this Bosscat restaurant review, we had the pleasure of choosing from the Lunch & Dinner menu.
Bosscat‘s menus are on their website, as well as their extensive whiskey, cocktail, wine, and beer list for your viewing.
Monday – Thursday: 11AM – 10PM
Friday: 11AM – 11PM
Saturday: 10AM – 2:30PM, 3PM – 11PM
Sunday: 10AM – 2:30PM, 3PM – 9PM
Brunch: Sat – Sun (10AM – 2:30PM)
Lunch & Dinner: Daily (11AM – 11PM)
Happy Hour: Mon – Fri (3PM – 6PM)
I’m addicted to you & whiskey—that’s the first thing you’ll see when walking into Bosscat’s rustic, modern brick interior. Immediately I felt a sense of contemporary class, with the mix of yellowed lighting, wooden floors, hip seating, whiskey room decorations, and an open space. At the heart of the restaurant was its bar with ample seating facing the windows for natural lighting. Casual and sleek, Bosscat is the perfect place for anyone to relax and enjoy a drink with friends, grab brunch with family, or talk over at the bar with those close to you.
Bosscat offers a generous amount of starter dishes, ranging from their Butcher Board assortment of meats and cheese to their simple and crispy Country Bread with butter; somewhere along the way, we opted to find a line in the middle with ordering our delicious starter dishes.
The Portobello Mushroom Fries can’t be complete without its smoked jalapeno sauce. For a table of two, this tasty starter is exactly what it sounds like, with large mushroom fries which weren’t too breaded or crispy. Served warm, it’s almost addicting with the sauce, which isn’t too spicy, so you can eat your heart out before the main dish without burning your tongue!
The Pig Candy is personally reminiscent of Southeast Asian dishes and their cooking method when it comes to pork. The Pig Candy is topped off with toasted sesame, rye whiskey caramel, and to its side is delicious kimchi, balancing the flavors and textures out when eaten together. Both the Mushroom Fries and the Pig Candy are gluten free, as shown on the menu; if you’re looking for more gluten free options, it’ll be laid out for you on their website menu or their menu at their closest location to you.
Drinks to Die For
Bosscat‘s real star of the show is their “rather large whiskey collection”, always changing and fully available at each location. You can enjoy the tastes of Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, and Scotland at the comfort of Bosscat‘s inviting, ambient bar. Signature cocktails such as The Bosscat with Kentucky bourbon and citrus and the Nighthawk with their house chocolate espresso martini are served alongside wine and beer selections.
In addition to their grand whiskey selection, their Whiskey Club is an exclusive membership program for those interested in whiskey related perks such as weekly bottle receiving, free signature cocktails on your visits, 10% off Bosscat merchandise, and future event discounts. If you’re interested in these perks applicable to all locations, read more about their program here.
Be sure to check out these selections especially at happy hour from 3PM to 6PM on Fridays at The Woodlands location for select draft beers, well drinks, house wines, and more for a lower price!
Steak & Satisfaction
After clearing out the starters, we prepared ourselves for the main dishes. It’s no question that all of these dishes are worth trying at least once every visit, and we chose two dishes we felt contained a good deal of sides and flavor to check out for this Bosscat restaurant review.
Vibrant and hot on the plate first was the Sugar Barrel Steak, complete with topped steak butter, greens on the side, and a potato with melted overflowing cheese. At medium, this chef’s cut steak is delicious with its butter counterpart. The vegetables will surprisingly catch your attention while devouring this plate with its seasoned taste.
My favorite dish of the visit has to be the 12 Hour Beef Short Rib, which practically falls apart when digging into the meat. The braised short rib is tastes perfect with delicious black pepper sauce, and the scalloped potatoes lying underneath it is just an awesome addition to the plate. Again, its surprising how delicious their seasonal greens are, which add a new level to these two main dishes that I love.
As a side, we chose a Cheesy Broccoli Rice, with very finely chopped broccoli combined with cheeses and black garlic. It was most certainly a generous serving of rice, about as big as a main dish plate in width. Knowing Bosscat serves traditional American comfort food with a twist, it was a pleasant surprise to experience their take on American cuisine.
With only four desserts for this menu rotation, it was hard to pick only two. Here’s our take on our dessert picks for this Bosscat restaurant review:
Since the release of Disney’s The Princess & The Frog, I’ve always ordered beignets whenever given the opportunity to taste them! Bosscat‘s beignets did not disappoint, although I feel the taste is more connected to the Bosscat brand rather than a New Orleans style of this deep-fried pastry. Classically paired with powdered sugar, the PB&J dipping sauces were a unique addition to the dish and added lots of flavor that transported me back to childhood PB&J sandwiches.
Go with the Chocolate Bourbon Buttermilk Bar for a sweet way to end the night. From its toasted oat crust, buttermilk filling, and sea salt, it’s a combination of flavors that melt in your mouth. Its best part? Dark chocolate, which gives this bar its admirable sweet and salty flavor and rich texture.
The Bosscat Restaurant Review
It’s the little things in Bosscat’s menu that make the experience worthwhile: from their seasoned greens, rich sauces, and amazing sides, their American cuisine is satisfyingly modernized with a hip, casual interior bar and restaurant to enjoy drink and dine in. It’s a perfect place to hang out after shopping around Market Street, and a better location for whiskey tasting at a contemporary rustic bar scene.