When the Beer Can Chicken arrived at our table at Bounty Hunter in downtown Napa, I wasn’t quite prepared for just how oddly… voluptuous… it is. And the knife is the crowning genius of it all.
Once you start carving your way through it vertically, it becomes a lot less voluptuous, and those wings akimbo become a lot more accusatory: “How could you do this to me?”
Well, you do it because the chicken is so flavorful, and moist, and amazing. It’s rubbed with cajun spices, and I even found myself carving extra skin to eat; I usually avoid it altogether.
So, Bounty Hunter is a wine bar that has over 40 wines by the glass and 400 wines by the bottle, and apparently because of a tiny kitchen, they make great use out of barbecues and smokers outside in the alley. So, you could also get things like BBQ Ribs, or Pulled Pork Sandwiches, but I don’t know I’d ever be strong enough not to order Beer Can Chicken, unless maybe if ordering for a large group.
Bounty Hunter is casual, but everything is done well. It’s loud and fun, but feels more friendly than busy. It’s not quite cheap, but a lot of plates are meant to be shared. The whole chicken is $22.
The chicken comes with salad, which I liked because it was just barely covered with dressing, as salad should be. Chad sighed that “a salad just isn’t a salad without grey salt,” but liked it well enough, even so, and took solace from the moist, pungent olive bread.
I liked the Artichoke Dip because it was really about the roasted artichokes being supported by garlic, red bell peppers, Serrano Ham, Parmesan Reggiano, and Scallions — it was not about melted cheese. It was chunky, not gloppy, and as Chad said, “warm and inviting.”
It could be a meal in itself, if you could possibly pass up getting a chicken sitting on a Tecate can.