Sunday, July 31, 2011

Barn & Co. - Soft Opening Weekend

I don't want to be critical on an opening weekend soft launch. I just happened to be in the neighborhood for Lincoln Fest and knew Barn was opening but didn't know it would still be pumping at 10pm and serving food. I do like what they've done with the old Grand Central space. I have many memories in that fraternity-ish college hang out but the new space is more grown up and more appropriate. It's kept the sports bar vibe very well with tvs and screens all over the place. The patio is huge and people were playing bags all night. Combining a modern sports bar with BBQ though is pure genius and I'm upset I didn't think of it first.

Our service needs a little work but since it's still a soft opening I won't complain. The menu was simple only offering a sample platter and a few salads. We ordered a Cob salad that was a little disappointing especially compared to the BBQ.  There was a lot of  "stuff" in the salad but not a lot of flavor. The pulled chicken in the salad was in serious need of sauce/bbq/flavor.

The good news is that the bbq itself was pretty good. I really liked the sweeter sauce which is a huge plus for me because that's the first thing I judge at a bbq spot. I ate a lot fries with that sauce and could see myself eating a lot of others things with it. My friends really liked the pulled pork slider. The pork was good but the toasted bun had a nice butter flavor. I liked the ribs because the rub had a real nice kick to it (though maybe more than most people want) and it went well with the sweeter bbq sauce. The meat itself wasn't the best I've had but I did like the flavor overall.

Again, I don't want to be too critical on a soft opening. There is a lot to look forward to from Barn but I doubt I'll make a trek all the way out to lincoln park for it (and I don't think they need those customers). The BBQ sauce was very good and I would eat that often. We liked the pork sliders and ribs and I think the space is really neat as a combo sports bar bbq eatery. Looking forward to hearing other people's thoughts!

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1 comment:

  1. It's actually where Grand Central used to be... Lincoln Station is still there (on Lincoln Ave)



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