It’s finally here to stay: Downtown Dadeland’s Barley has a new permanent home, and it’s just a few blocks east of its original location. Despite landlord issues, construction setbacks and just about every other problem imaginable afflicting the American brasserie, Chef/Owner Jorgie Ramos and his team haven’t missed a beat and are back to cranking out the quality food that diners have come to expect.
Here are six reasons we’ve loving the new spot.
B – Baby Back Ribs: Why these aren’t named Crack Ribs is beyond us. Although they fall under the Small Plates section, these ribs are anything but. We got two words for you: super meaty. A pimento marmalade, cotija cheese and crushed peanuts make each bite smack you in the face with flavor. Definitely worth a repeat order.
A – A Lot of Alcohol: Beer and wine were a huge part of the program at the original Barley, and that hasn’t changed since the move; there’s plenty of crowdpleasers and rare finds to be had here. One thing that has changed: Barley now has a liquor license. Hence, a bigger bar and a craft cocktail list that the Dadeland area desperately needs. We recommend you check out the draft cocktails — the Smokers Delight (roasted pineapple, fresh lime juice, pink peppercorns, vida mezcal, hellfire bitters) is a must.
R – Ridiculously Good Gnocchi: Gnocchi may seem out of place among all the protein on the menu, but it’s there for good reason: It’s really really really good. While the Mac and cheese gets most of the menu space, the gnocchi is a sleeper hit. White truffle oil and sweet corn crema … enough said.
L – Lechon Hash: Brunch for dinner (or anytime, really) is always a good idea — especially when it involves Barley’s lechon hash. The ingredients list is enough to make your mouth water: fried egg, polenta, roasted Brussels sprouts and roasted yams. Break the egg, let the yolk run over everything and then scarf it down. Fair warning, though: You’ll be ready for a nap after.
E – Everything About the Croquetas. One of the most popular dishes at Barley, the Serrano ham and manchego cheese croquetas are life. Creamy, crunchy fried goodness with a dollop of guava. For $10, they’re the perfect small plate to share at dinner or keep all to yourself as you have a drink at the bar. Scratch that — Just keep them to yourself.
Y – Yummy Desserts – During our dinner, we tried both the churro bites and the pumpkin bread pudding cheesecake. Both will satisfy a sweet tooth, but we’re ’bout those bites. You know the difference between a want and a need? You don’t want the churro bites — you NEED them. Your diet can wait.
Barley is back, and they couldn’t have picked a better time. As Downtown Dadeland experiences tremendous growth with new restaurants, retailers and other businesses, Barley is smack dab in the middle of this exciting growth. And thankfully, they’re finally here for good.