Bear with me as we review yet another drinking establishment without embibing...
Barrel House 211 is a shiny hole in the wall found in the Bucktown district of Davenport. In researching the location, I found that the original building was constructed in 1880 and housed a furniture manufacturer, and later, a chemical supply company. It's historic integrity has been well maintained as you can see in photos found on the Davenport Library's website. The bricks in the Barrel House date to the 1920s. I was hoping to find evidence of a gangster shoot out or grisly accident, but no dice.
Not everyone loves history, but everyone loves food, right?
The Barrel House menu contains bar food with an extra punch to the gut. Several items will rain fire on your taste buds with boom boom sauce, sriracha, and wasabi. Barrel House actually serves a fairly large menu for being primarily a bar. So you don't have to pester your DD into a Taco Bell stop, they even have a whole page of tacos and quesadillas. We started our date night with onions of all shapes and sizes. Romantic.
I deem that God himself created a sandwich on this menu, and it's called the Miami. My favorite foods combined onto one heavenly sandwich... pulled pork tucked under sliced ham and swiss cheese, drizzled with homemade mustard, and topped with a halo of fried pickle slices. Glory be.
take me home tonight
While the food cooked, I divided my attention between football bloopers on ESPN and eavesdropping on a couple's first date at the next table over. They were both cringe worthy.
My sandwich wasn't the savior I was hoping for, but it was still quite good. The pork was a tad on the dry side. I would have liked some bbq sauce or more mustard added to it. The sweet potato fries were perfect. Not too sweet, not too salty. I guiltily ate the rest that night while standing at the fridge. (Sorry thighs!) I think they were even better cold.
Richie's Cowboy burger was a double patty monstrosity saddled with Sweet Baby Ray's, cheddar cheese, and onion straws. He described it as "fun." A man of few words. And a lot of onions.
so, so many onions
Awkward couple didn't order food, but, despite the awkward hug, the date seemed to go okay...ish.
We both keep talking about returning to Barrel House, so given our current schedules, we hope to make it back within the next decade. Don't you wait that long! Good food, old bricks, and ESPN are waiting.