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Taps: 18 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
5510 Virginia Ave
phone: (314) 351-4500
(Place added by: stevef on 07-18-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
A little hole in the wall brick building in a residential neighborhood. They have live music a couple night a week. Not as classy as I was worried it would be (casual reigns supreme). The bar is pretty big but it is more relaxing to dine in the adjoining room. The selection isn't real large, but they are top notch and taste great (Bell's Two Hearted Ale e.g.). Service was friendly and made the restaurant have a more homely feel. The food was great! I had the most tender, largest, juiciest, amazing pork chops of my life. A roasted bacon-stuffed mushroom appetizer that was delicious. Overall, the food was so great I can't wait to return. The beer is secondary, but of such a high quality they nicely complement the food. Heck, I even bought a t-shirt I was so impressed with the place. Definitely worth the drive to go again.
12-16-2008 02:26:23 |
More by Tone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
A great place in South St. Louis. Great food, great service and a small but very tight beer list.
Small place, with maybe ten tables and room for maybe 20-25 at the bar. Service is quick and friendly. Probably ten taps and a handpump (Schlafly). The beer is in great condition and pairs nicely with the remarkably good food. They have numerous specials each time I've been, all of them delicious.
It's hard to know what else to say other than that this place gets a big recommendation from me. IMO, one of the hidden gems here in St. Louis.
06-26-2006 19:14:33 |
More by nogoodreason
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Stopped by on a Friday evening around 7:45/8:00. Place was packed so I just stood next to the bar and had a couple of 5 day on cask (yummy) at only $3.50 a pint. I took a look at the beer list and they had some very nice beers, not alot, but very nice selection.
Seemed to have several locals to the area that knew each other and the staff, nice vibe. There was a guy sitting on a bar stool with a guitar playing some tunes which really set the mood. Most people at the bar were just waiting to be seated so they could eat. It is a really tiny place, so if you don't get there early you will have to wait a while.
01-30-2008 21:13:22 |
More by brewintheLou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmo - Very neat and has a "Cheers" feel to it. People were walking in and the bartender would know them and their favorite drink. The whole place is decorated in kind of a mish-mash. Old beer bottles are scattered throughout the bar along with random trophies, pictures, glasses, etc. The cabinetry reminded me of an old western saloon, just had a neat aged look to it all.
Quality - Top notch, everything was fresh, along with the beer.
Service - I give it an average only because it did take about 3 hours for us to sit, order, drink and finally eat. I hear service like this is typical, but it was okay as we had plenty of time to sit and talk and take in the beer selection.
Selection - Beer wise I believe there was about 20 on the menu, ranging from Schlafly Pale Ale to Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. There is a beer pump, O'Fallon usually provides 5 Day IPA, which is totally different on cask than out of the bottle. There is a beer on the menu for everyone.
Food - Wow, I had the Delmonaco Oak Smoked Prime Rib with Barley Rissoto. I can't say anything bad about this dish. I've had steak at Annie Gunns (one of the best steakhouses in STL) and this was better (and cheaper). The PB&J blaster pie for dessert is a must, trust me, it will blow your mind!
Value - Beer wise you really can't find anything wrong with the menu, it changes periodically to ensure proper seasonal brews and proper food pairings. Food wise it really wasn't too bad, average dinner was 10-16 per plate (depending of course). I say reasonable as you get what you pay for.
Overall I am going back. The food was great, the beer was great. Our waiter actually knew what everything was and was able to rattle off the ingredients to about every dish, he even offered suggestions of beer pairings. At the end of the night he broke out the bill, for alcohol and food. Apparently alcohol and food have different tax rates and he was kind enough to show us this.
They have glasses for just about all the common breweries, Goose Island, Sclafly, etc, and then one especially for the Floris Apple. Neat!
09-22-2007 21:24:56 |
More by mizzoueng
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of my favorite places in St. Louis to eat.
Located in South City, be sure you are looking because its easy to pass by. Hard to describe the inside as it tends to fall into several different categories. The feeling I got the first time I went in was more of a neighborhood bar/restaurant. The staff here are all extremely friendly and quite know the food forwards and backwards. They always have an extensive list of specials. The beer selection here is always just as impressive. Always have a large selection of bottles, a few drafts, and a cask ale.
This place has some of the best Schnitzel in STL!
06-09-2011 20:20:34 |
More by rschne13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I were in St. Louis for the weekend for a couple of ball games (go Cardinals!) And saw an ad for this place in one of the local guides. Their claim that "we pare traditional and innovative American Cuisine with the finest locally hand crafted micro brews" sounded promising and their logo of an iron skillet with barley and hops indicated they may really be serious.
We weren't disappointed. The food was exceptional! We had the nightly special so I can't refer back to the menu for exactly what they called it. There was a southwestern style fried cheese appetizer with a sweet tomato, onion, pepper and spice salsa topping. My wife had a chicken breast dish and I had beef medallions. Each dish was uniquely prepared and incredibly delicious. We had the barley apple pudding for desert (think rice pudding only made with barley) which went perfectly with the Schafly American Ale I was enjoying at that time.
The beer taps were limited but high quality and pints were just $3.50. They had:
New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner - never had this one so I thought I'd give it a shot. I was slightly disappointed. I expected a more noticeable hop presence in this style. It was okay but needed more hops (and it was my first beer of the evening).
New Belgium 1554 Brussels Style Black ale
Ofallon Smoked Porter - there were placards on the table for this that noted it was a Gold Medal Winner in the Smoked Beer category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival. This was my first smoked beer and I found it quiet enjoyable. Lots of roasty smoky malt flavors with a modest hop character. Reminded me of my Grandfather's old smoke house.
Schafly American Pale Ale Expedition Reserve - I have enjoyed this before in bottles but the draft was much better. Much greater hops profile in the smell and taste and a more noticeable caramel sweetness. Enjoy it with the barley apple pudding.
Schafly American Lager
Bare Knuckle Stout - hey it's St. Louis and this is a "local micro brew".
There was a selection of bottled beer too that was predominantly local products that did not greatly interest me.
And did I mention pints are $3.50?
The only thing that detracted slightly from my rating was the fact that the air conditioning was out on the night of our visit. They had the ceiling fans going high speed and everyone was joking and making the best of it but the heat and humidity did take away from the atmosphere.
The location is in south St. Louis and cab fare was $17 one way from downtown. My wife and I both agreed it was worth it. If you are looking for some good food to combine with some good beer, I would highly recommend it.
07-18-2005 15:10:08 |
More by stevef
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place is a classic neighborhood restaurant in South St Louis City. The usually have low-key live music on the weekends and its totally packed. They have maybe 10 tables and a few 2-person tables by the bar. The whole concept of the place is good food with local craft brews.
You can smell the smoke as soon as you walk in the door. The food is amazing. Its not just barbeque, but seafood and salads as well as sandwiches. Our server took about 5 minutes to explain the specials on a busy Saturday night and took care of us. The food is amazing. They had a watermelon salad special that had delicious watermelon on a bed of greens and onions with a honey, red-wine vinaigrette. I've never seen it before, and it was great. I had the oak roasted pork that came in a smokey tomato sauce, as thick as gravy, with barley and mushrooms. It was unbelievable. My wife had the Zarzeula, a seafood pot like cioppino that was also great. For desert we had the original blaster, its like cheescake with habanero pepper strawberry sauce. What can I say.
They have numerous micros on draft. O'Fallon IPA was cool to see as well as Schlafly Pale on Cask. New Belgian 1554 and Blue Paddle, Griesedieck Pilsner, Schlafly Hefe among the ones I can remember.
This place is definitely in my top 5 for St Louis.
05-16-2006 21:57:45 |
More by fizzyfred
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
So this place rocks. Started off with the Saison from the Boulevard Smokestack series to go with our amazing appetizer of cheese, pepper, garlic, vinegar, tortilla orgasm. Our waitress sees the fluevogs, we all have a moment, she lays out the specials and I hear, "beef medallions" and "slinger style" in the same sentence and immediately I can't go any further. Beef medallions cooked perfectly on potato pancakes with flash fried spinach and carmelized onions topped with a fried egg. take a moment....I inhaled this meal!
My wife had a fantastic seafood risotto and my madre had the Schnitzel & Spaetzle...so good.
Had a cask pour of O'fallon's 5-day IPA that was great and finished the evening with dessert of a peanut butter blaster...basically frozen peanut butter cheesecake with jalapeno whipped cream covered in chipotle chocolate sauce served on top of habanero strawberry sauce...AMAZING.
Service could not have been better. My wife and I had our 16 month old son and they were extrememly accommodating. Our waitress knew the menu and made us feel right at home.
Overall, it's quite expensive but reading, "prices vs. what you got"...I would have paid more. We will return soon.
05-06-2009 03:33:09 |
More by rwdkosak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I never give fives, but this place is just too good not to. Iron Barley is a small, completely unassuming, non-pretentious little place. You'd never guess that the beer selection would be so excellent or that the food would be so good. Tom and his wife may be the friendliest folks I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Went in for dinner after meeting Tom at the Microfest, and from the moment we stepped in the door they treated us like old friends. The conversation (and beer) flowed effortlessly.
This is, they say, the only place you can get O'Fallon's 5-day IPA on cask, so naturally we had that. Fantastic.
We started off with the mussels in cream sauce, which really set the tone for the night. I've never had mussels that good before, completely fresh and so perfectly cooked, not at all fishy, nor overdone and rubbery. The sauce was so good we ended up drinking it after we ran out of crostinis and crackers to soak up the goodness.
I ordered the oak roasted prime rib, and it was just ridiculous. I've never been served a piece of meat that large; I couldn't even eat half of it. But I wish I could have, because it was the most flawless medium rare all the way through, fork-tender and juicy, completely permeated with smoke flavor. The smashed potatoes on the side were good, but I regret that I mostly ignored them in favor of the massive slab of beef.
My friend had the seafood risotto, which is a barley "risotto" (naturally) made creamy with cream rather than starch. Loaded with sundried tomatoes, squid, giant sea scallops, and various other bits of sea creatures, it was also excellent. Creamy and tangy and perfect, although the squid was (in my opinion) a tiny bit rubbery. My friend disagreed and said it was fine, but then I don't really like squid anyway.
06-11-2007 16:33:56 |
More by ryanismean
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
ATMOSPHERE- bar side entrance, left side dining. Bar area is how I like it- small, cozy, and a picture of "the soup nazi". Cask and drafts at the bar, folk band up front, and a straight shot into the kitchen. The dining area is separated and is plainly seated.
QUALITY- All beers enjoyed were in good condition and the food was excellent. Beers were served at a warmer temp than nearly all other establishments would dare. Regards.
SERVICE- our server knew the menu up and down, including an array of specials. She also knew the beer very well and was very friendly.
SELECTION- A very tight beer list, that is outshined by the food menu. I appreciate the inclusion of cask beer and a couple of local breweries, but considering the great food of the kitchen I would like the chance to pair with a few more beers. Schlafly, OFallon, Griesedieck, New Belgium and some AB products are present.
FOOD- I will go back for the food. The chef and owner at Iron Barley under-promises and over-delivers. The written menu is plain to the point you must ask what particular dishes are, but once informed they sound exciting and the items we selected were all excellent and daring. The menu offers something between Homestyle and fusion and the restaurant smells great. I can recommend the oak smoked chicken.
VALUE- Iron Barley is worth the visit and then some.
08-05-2006 17:18:39 |
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