Cask and Barrel is fairly new to Sacramento and with the restaurant still buzzin’, I was delighted at the invitation to sample the menu. When all was said and done, I realized that this might have been one of the most exhilarating culinary experiences I’ve ever had.
I invited my friend Christine out for a mini ladies night and being the foodie that she is, I knew that she would be thrilled to try so many things on the menu with me.
Cask and Barrel is in the space formerly occupied by Enotria. I never had the chance to go to Enotria, but I’ve heard that the ambiance is similar. The small dining room promotes an intimate setting, yet it’s very approachable. As a true farm-to-fork restaurant, the menu changes seasonally, but Chef Gabriel Glasier has staked his claim on southern classics with a modern spin. From the melding of flavors to the artistic presentation, we were amazed at how “comfort food” has evolved and with each dish we tried, it just kept getting better and better.
Cask and Barrel has it all RIGHT. They are pushing the envelope with creative dishes and whether or not they realize it, they are challenging other restaurants in the area with their superior service. With the amount of attention we received from the waitstaff and the chef, we felt like we were at a five star restaurant.
Without further ado, here are some photos from our culinary adventure.
Now that you’re done drooling, here’s a rundown of what’s on the table!
North Carolina Blue Prawns – Rhubarb cocktail, nastrurium, avocado mousse, hickory buttermilk
Hangtown Fry – Pacific oyster, chicken fried chicken egg, Beeler’s bacon, fennel peppers
Bourbon Caramel Chicken Wings – Celery root & point reyes blue cheese fondue
Candy Stripe Beet & Stone Fruit salad – Egg yolk bacon, red mustard frisee, popcorn dressing, carrot chicharones, Sierra Nevada goat cheese, almonds
Shell & Field Pea Succotash – Crispy pig ear, white corn, grilled collard pickles
Johnnycakes – Cherry pickles, charred chard, wild rice
Grilled Watermelon – Purslane, sorghum & vanilla, walnut, strawberry, goat feta
Pork Spare Ribs – Beeler’s Heluka method duroc, 56 hours
Lamb Shoulder – Emigh, 79 hours
Mixed Sausage – Garlic & cheddar, morcilla, chorizo
Chocolate Fried Pie – Vanilla bean ice cream, salted duck fat caramel, pistachio
Whiskey Corn Bread Pudding – Charred pears, bacon brittle, popcorn ice cream
The Boulevard – Bourbon, fresh grapefruit, allspice and rosemary
Sweet Del Paso – Whisky, local raw honey and seasonal fruit
Buck Hunter – Bourbon, house made ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice
No Ordinary Gin & Tonic – St. George’s Gin, house made tonic syrup, soda and lime
It felt like we had tried the entire menu, but believe it or not, there are still some gems that we have yet to explore. Take a peek at the full menu here. Once you’re done plotting what items you want to order, hit up your sweetie or your gal pals and set a date to visit Cask and Barrel. For your convenience, the address and phone number are below. 🙂
Cask and Barrel | 1431 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815 | 916-922-6792
Photos by Christine Ballisty
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