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ChefView: Boasting about Bauer’s 66 1/2

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Bauer’s 66 1/2
By Dana Johnson

Boasting about Bauer’s 66 1/2

From gourmet bar food to Spanish tapas owner/ executive Chef Tye Rhone Bauer is on the tasty edge of Modesto. Literally on the backside edge in McHenry Village you will find Bauer’s 66 1/2 Restaurant connected to Vieira’s Lounge.

Chef Tye, at the relaxed age of 38, opened Bauer’s  in Nov. 2009. He grew up in San Lorenzo, CA in a family of seven, being the baby of the bunch. Both of his parents did the cooking at home, so when birthdays rolled, around they didn’t have parties but they got to choose a restaurant for their celebration. Chef Tye and his girlfriend Niccol are the proud parents of 9 month old Ellie Rose. Tye told me he speaks his own language dubbed “Tye-Rhone-Ese” defined as scatter talk in the kitchen when they are super busy, just ask him! When Chef Tye relaxes it might be with an Albarino or Rioja Spanish wine, very nice.

“Diners are guaranteed to get something they have never eaten before!” says Chef Tye. He and head chef Heidi oversee the menu and the ever changing specials that include Alcatra- Portuguese Braised Beef, Paella, 4 different sliders are amongst the numerous choices. Mmmm, 100% organic grass fed rib eye filets, too! Themenu also features vegan and gluten free selections. On Wednesdays see Bauer’s Board; you will find great deals like $2 slider, $2 taco, & $2 fries. I went for the ultra quad sliders accompanied by Chef Tye’s french fries made with his original rub recipe! Yep! Dana~licious was licking her lips!

Bauer’s is only for patrons 21 years and older even though they do not sell alcohol due to the type of liquor license that governs the shared space of the adjacent Vieira’s Lounge, where can easily purchase an alcoholic beverage. You can also bring in your own wine for an $8 corkage fee. Make a note that Bauer’s is open 3 late nights each week until 3-4am especially for those who work standard restaurant hours or party people looking to get some great grub on! To go food and full service catering is also available.

Every 2nd Sunday (excluding holidays) of the month Chef Tye hosts a brunch that all ages can attend located at Bella Vagos Salon, 521 McHenry in Modesto, co hosted by Pure209.

So without applying any pressure whatsoever, I asked Chef Tye the signature question: Beatles or Stones: “STONES! Beatles are not in my playlist at all!” I do believe we just shared another high point in the interview!

Recipe: Clip and save
Brazilian Cheese Bread  (pao de queijo)
This recipe makes approximately 48 loaves
3 cups tapioca flour
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup whole milk
1 cup of parmesan or asiago cheese
1  teaspoon salt
1 quarter teaspoon baking powder
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend for 30 seconds.
Should make a pancake like batter.
Spoon contents into mini muffin tray (make sure to spray with cooking spray.)
Oven should be preheated to 350 degrees.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes.

1700 McHenry Ave. Ste 66 1/2
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 985-1199
Hours: Wed: 6pm-10 pm
Thurs: 6pm-3am
Fri: 6pm-4am
Sat: 6pm-4am
(21 and older)



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