Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Barque Smokehouse

Lunch post! I like to announce it like it is a bit deal because well...it is. I hardly eat out for lunch and when I do it is either a work lunch or with friend(s) who can never make it out to dinner. Lunch at Barque Smokehouse (Twitter: @barquebbq, Facebook: Barque Smokehouse) was with a friend who works nights

Opened a little more than a year ago on Roncesvalles, Barque Smokehouse is a very cool and modern looking space. Wide, long and spacious, Barque Smokehouse oozes style with its brick and concrete walls, thick butcher-block tables (several high-tops at the front and the rest regular height) and stylish black bar stools. Barque Smokehouse is not your average looking barbecue joint.

Several tables with young families and kids that day.

A pail of spiced popcorn at every table

Barque Caesar - with Bacon Salt ($10)

Pulled Pork Sandwich - Fig jam, picked fennel with apple chips with a side of Barque Caesar Salad with candied smoked bacon ($12)

Smoked Barque Burger - Aged cheddar, pickles, lettuce, tomato, candied smoked bacon & chipotle mayo with a side of Arugula Salad with fennel, oranges, citrus dressing ($12)

Barque Smokehouse's open kitchen.

Racks and racks of ribs..yum.

I was really pleased with my Smoked Barque Burger. Although it may look more like a slider than a burger, I thought it was the perfect size for lunch (at least for me anyway). The thick burger was succulent. So juicy and tender. With just one bite of the burger, I was able to taste the melted aged cheddar, the crispy candied smoked bacon and the chipotle mayo...and oh man, what a killer combo. Albeit a bit on the dry side, my friend still enjoyed his pulled pork sandwich. I had a bite and I also agree...it could be a bit juicer, but not a huge deal. Actually, I thought the fig jam went really well with the pulled pork.

I can't wait to go back to Barque Smokehouse for dinner. I want...need... to try their ribs and wings! 

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