Monday, October 31, 2011

Barn & Company

Location: 950 W Wrightwood
Cost: About $25 per person

My roommate Specs loves to walk. He's always going on about how people are lazy and don't walk nearly as much as they should. For instance, our other roommate Ricky and him were going to dinner at Shine (0.8 miles away) when Ricky refused to make the oh so distant trek by foot. So the other night we were sitting around and craving some BBQ. I gave Specs a bunch of options, and he chose the one with the seemingly most enjoyable walk. That's how we ended up at Barn & Company.

Barn & Company is restaurant that teeters heavily on the bar side of things, or at least that's the feel you get when you go there. We went on a Friday night around 7 PM and were told that the wait for two would be 30 minutes. We decided to grab a seat at the bar and eat there. They have moderately good TV coverage. They take reservations, but you might need a certain sized group (we didn't try).

Our waitress/bartender was very friendly and efficient, especially considering how busy it was. It was strange though that they didn't have all of the sauces available to us at the time and that they didn't have any strong knives when the ribs came out.

The cost is alright depending on what you get. The appetizers were mostly around $7, my brisket was $11, and Specs' ribs were $20. The portions of meat weren't that huge, but they tried to make up for it by loading up each plate with a grotesque amount of fries. Also, we tried to substitute different side dishes for the fries, but they told us that wasn't an option (which is a total crap policy). So we ended up getting some other sides for $5 each on top of the other stuff.

The Food
We got things rolling with an order of Fried Pickles. For some reason Specs thought this meant potato chips with pickle flavoring, and he was blown away with what actually came out. In general there was too much fried and not enough pickle. If only they'd sliced things a little thicker the dish would've turned out much better.

 The Fried Pickles

Like I said above, for our entrees Specs got the Baby Back Ribs, and I got the Brisket. The ribs did not fall off the bone (the style I prefer), and they were extra smokey. I thought they were too dried out, and the sauce options weren't that great to make up for the dryness. The brisket was horrendous. It was so unbelievably dry, and there were even some people who saw what I ordered and made comments about what a sucker I was for getting the brisket since it's so bad. The french fries were thin cut and nothing special. We also got sides of the Baked Beans and Mac n' Cheese. The beans were well seasoned and had nice chunks of meat mixed in. The mac was creamy and really heavy on the cheese.

The Baby Back Ribs

The Baked Beans and the Mac N' Cheese

 The Brisket

There wasn't a single item that really won me over the whole night, and a bunch of things, exemplified by the brisket, were pretty darn bad. I still think this place is an upgrade over the previous tenant (Grand Central). Clearly they're going for strong smokey flavors, but it comes at a significant cost to the moisture of the meat. At least the walk was pleasant. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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