Published on November 28th, 2016 | by Sumerlyn Kendrick0
Sumerlyn Eats: The Barrel Room
Here at The Local we are always looking for the next big thing to #BeWhatsHappening, and we found it at The Barrel Room in Enterprise. It’s the Napoleon of hangouts – a small space packing a major punch and ready to rule. In October, they revitalized their food and drink menu and have added new options that are sure to please every taste bud. Chef Tony is keeping things fresh and original in the kitchen by putting a twist on your classic bar food fare, while mixologist Julie and her team of bartenders serve up specialty drinks, many of which are exclusive to the Barrel Room. I had the pleasure of enjoying several of their options and none of them disappointed. Our night started with a couple of new-age classic cocktails, the Persephotini pomegranate martini and the Barrel Fashion. I’ve never been a big fan of an old-fashioned cocktail, but the Barrel Fashion changed my mind with its perfect mix of Bulleit Rye, muddled orange, house-made Tahitian vanilla bean simple syrup and two types of bitters. It is one of the most well-balanced mixes of sweet, savory and sour that I have ever had. For appetizers, they suggested the Totally Not Broccoli Bites and T’s Fried Pickles… oh my gootie. I could eat these every day. The pickles are cut and brined in-house then hand-dipped and deep-fried to crispy perfection. Insert 10,000 heart eye emojis. Next we tried the pulled pork tacos which are smoked all day out back, The Midnight Special (a grilled cheese for grown-ups), and the Barrel Burger, that sports three homemade sauces original to the Barrel Room. To end the night, the very knowledgeable Julie took us on a beer flight that was to die for, featuring beers that can only be found in one bar in the State of Alabama. You guessed it, right here in good Ol’ Enterprise.
So, to sum it up, here are five reasons why you should visit the Barrel Room:
- House-brined Fried Pickles.
- One of the largest and most exclusive beer, scotch and whiskey selections in the southeast.
- They sell beers to go.
- Julie can school you on her vast knowledge of beer and liquor, making you the smarty of your upcoming supper club.
- They keep it affordable so that everyone can have a champagne experience on a beer budget.
Plus, their New Year’s Eve celebration goes like this: They will have a free champagne waterfall toast at midnight while watching the ball drop at all the different times zones on their 100″ screen. For a food special they will have their normal menu, plus for that night only, you can get a pulled pork mac-n-cheese, greens and black eyed peas plate for $9. Their hours are 4pm to 2am for NYE. No reservation, no door charge…sounds good to me!