Le Bon Ton Bloody Mary: Ketel-one vodka, house-smoked tomatoes, char-grilled capsicum, fresh citrus and Old Bay seasoning, house pickle juice, jalapeno hot sauce and a splash of red wine ($18.0). A very fancy Blood Mary with many layers, though ultimately slightly sweet for my liking, and definitely not thick enough.
I quite enjoyed the Chili Cheese Fries, traditional Texas style beef & bean chili, with sharp cheddar sauce on crispy fries ($16.5) which were fried crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. The best part was the cheddar sauce, and I found myself not particularly enjoying the bean chili. I’ve had better at 8bit or Po Boy Quarter’s The Dom.
Fried Chicken, Southern style buttermilk soaked tenders with cracked pepper white gravy ($16.0) is amazing. Definitely the best dish of the meal, a perfect thin batter, though not as crispy as KFC’s definitely packed a lot of flavour. And the sauce was insanely good. I may or may not have licked it all up.
Onion Rings, beer battered & jerk seasoned ($10.0) aren’t my favourite side; these were crispy and mostly batter but the aoili brings out the sweetness of the onion.
The Smoker’s Lot ($49.0)
Pork: Otway ranges Pork shoulder – doused in BBQ sauce, hard to tell whether the actual pork by itself was any good.
Sausage: jalepeno and cheddar hot-link – juicy and cheesy and delicious, I love sausage. Quote me on that one. I dare you.
Brisket: Grain-fed Riverina Angus beef – quite nicely smoked and flavoured, though I still prefer Meatmaiden’s.
Chicken: basted in apple BBQ sauce – very subtle sauce, slightly dry chicken, I definitely preferred the fried chicken A LOT more.
Le Bon Ton Cheese Burger, 150g Wagyu beef patty & crispy bacon w/ cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, spicy ketchup & aioli ($16.0) was a classic american style burger; the beef patty was tasty, the sauces and additions to the burger were pretty standard, and it held up well in the ‘eat-me-next-day-when-I’m-cold’ test.
TL;DR Good American grub.