Michael Stern nailed it (as usual) in his Roadfood.com review of Bonepile BBQ in Depoe Bay, OR. We, too, ordered an SOB which, if we remember correctly, is not only a mixture of all the Q's but also includes ground beef (or at least it did on this day; perhaps the exact composition varies depending on what he's got around). It's a fun, sloppy, generously proportioned sandwich, more appealing to Bruce than Sue (who ordered it). Sue's a purist.
The ribs are meaty, though this half-rack was slightly marred by just a touch of a reheated flavor. Not enough to kill enjoyment, but it was there.
Potato salad and macaroni salad were just right. Actually, better than right, because included among the elbows were small chunks of sausage!
They prepare everything here, including all the desserts, and there's a wide selection. We asked for a Boston Cream cupcake but what we got was a peanut cupcake, stuffed with a peanut butter cup.
Once our palates understood that this was no Boston Cream cupcake, and started accepting the peanut flavor, we realized that the cake was rather dense and dry. A cup of coffee would have helped it along. Zeke, the owner, told us that the two cupcakes look the same from the outside, the difference being that the Boston Cream are kept in the cooler. The kid made a mistake. No big deal. Actually, the two kids who served us were terrific and enthusiastic.
The barbecue is smoked with alder logs, near outdoor picnic tables that, this being the Oregon coast, probably get little action.
You're better off eating inside, anyway, because that's where all the crazy paraphernalia can be found. There's enough to inspect and keep you busy through lunch and then some.
After days of an all-seafood diet, Bonepile was a welcome change of pace. We wouldn't recommend a special trip to the Oregon coast to eat here but, given that you are already here and consuming chowder after crab after salmon, there will come a time when the beast in you must be sated. Enter Bonepile.