I was joking with my lady that I had become somewhat of a Homer Simpson-type when I heard about the opening of BarFry, and how could I not? U-10 Shrimp, scallops, calimari, pork dumplings, chicken cutlets, chicken-fried steak, onion rings...all fried to a crunchy, oily perfection.
It was nice. The servers are wearing ironic hipster t-shirts but they were passionate about their food and the wine that I brought in (as I write this, BarFry is BYOB until they get their liquor license, which they claim is "any moment now.")
For two, we ordered eight tempura dishes, two sides, and four sauces. The proscuitto special was memorable. It consisted of proscuitto di parma, pickled wax beans, and a tempura-fried egg yolk. Deee-lish. The jalapeno-soy and sweet miso dips were wonderful.
The tempura batter is awesome. Oily, but not too much. Crispy, but not like a removable shell that you see is some places. The ingredients that they are frying are top notch; not hiding behind the frying, but, rather benefiting from it.
The problem is, after eating there, as delicious as it all was, I can't imagine going back in the next six months; this had nothing to do with the jelly jar wine glasses or copious amounts of Snoop Doggy Dogg blaring on the speakers- it's just that the food was so....well, Fried, that after eating there, it's going to be a long time before I crave the likes of it again.
Do I recommend it? Hells Yes! While I was grazing on my tempura feast, the server came by and asked if everything was alright. I told her this might possibly be the greatest day of my life. But now, my tummy hurts.
Definitely get the black seasame gelato with the concord grape sorbet for a great PB&J combination that the staff didn't even know about!
Great place to check out. Just be prepared to sweat pure canola oil the night of.
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