Along with the neighbors, M & I ate at Iron Barley for the first time Thursday night. WOW! M had talpia which she pronounced the best piece of fish she had had in STL in a long time. I went heavy with "oak roasted pork". Two thick chops served with grilled vegetables and toasted barely. Had some kind sauce that I will call BBQ but that's not it exaclty. Whatever it was delcious and way more that I could down in one sitting. One chop went home for lunch the next day. Neighbors had "hot smoked salmon" of which I got a couple of bites. Best salmon I've had since a visit to Seattle. Dessert was "blender blaster pie" described on the menu as "freezer baked chocolate cheesecake served with strawberry habanera sauce." Very good and cooling and cool we needed Thursday. The temperature had been over 100 degrees and the air conditioner at Iron Barley had all but given up the ghost. The place was steaming. Didn't dampen the large crowd but the wait staff was wilting.
On Saturday M & I returned. M had a Philly cheese steak "sammich" which - in mixed geographical analogies - she pronounced as good as any po-boy she had ever had in New Orleans. French bread, thinly sliced roast beef, cheese, grilled onions, bell peppers all covered in enough gravy that you had to sit in a bathtub to eat it. I had a chile cheese dog. Large hot dog sliced lengthwise covered in chile, onions and cheese. Delicious with a large dose of hot sauce.
No liquor license yet but they will provide glasses and no corking fee. Not in the greatest of neighborhoods but the kind of place that can turn that around quickly and, in my humble opinion, futher evidence that the City is coming back. The downside to this place is its proximity to our house. I can already see a coin toss each night - cook or go a few blocks for Iron Barley. Ok, two out of three; four out of five, oh, hell, let's go. Sunday evening we were bemoaing the fact that it's closed on Sundays and Mondays. Will go again at least for lunch this week. Hear tell IB has a wicked Rueben and an egg & bacon sandwiches. Link below