I recently tried to visit Back Forty, but sadly, the restaurant appears to have closed down. I don’t know if that’s permanent (it doesn’t say closed yet on the social media sites), but a board sign standing outside the restaurant read “Fin”, which does sound quite ominous to me. Fortunately, there were a good number of other eateries nearby, and I soon spotted Bogart’s Bar right across the street. They are a clean and comfortable sports bar located right next to the BC stadium. In addition to various drinks, they feature a menu of comfort food (they are apparently currently undergoing a menu change). I ended up ordering their Mac & Cheese, Baked Brie, and Chicken Potato Gnocchi.
Mac & Cheese ($13):
This was mixed with bacon bits, and is topped a garlic crumble. The noodles were nicely cooked, being tender while still retaining some chew. The cream cheese sauce was creamy and flavourful; I do wish that there was more of it as the noodles on top were dry and a bit bland in the absence of the sauce. I really enjoyed the bits of bacon however, which were salty and had a nice, smokey flavour. The bread crumb topping lent a nice bit of texture.
Baked Brie ($15):
This is served with candied pecans, honey fig jam, and toasted baguette. The brie was creamy, with a nice pungent flavour; the fig jam and pecans had a great sweetness that paired excellently with the cheese. The baguette was nicely toasted, being crispy on the outside and tender and chewy on the interior.
Chicken Potato Gnocchi ($19):
This consisted of chicken and gnocchi, and is served in a pesto sauce, along with two slices of toast. In the menu the chicken was described as pulled chicken breast, but it turns out to be just pieces of chicken. However, it was still quite tender and juicy (for white meat), and was flavourful. The gnocchi was nice, tender and slightly chewy; I did find them to be a bit bland on their own, but they were very tasty when coated in the pesto sauce, which had a wonderful garlicy flavour. I also really enjoyed the accompanying bread, which was nicely toasted.
Even though I’m quite saddened to find that Back Forty appears to be closed, I did quite enjoy my visit to Bogart’s: all of the food was quite tasty and the server I had was quite friendly. The prices are a tad on the higher side, though not outragerous. All in all, this is a place that’s worth a visit.