Barrel Down – Downtown Los Angeles

This meal is hosted.

We are invited to check out the newly opened Barrel Down in Downtown LA.  It’s right across the street from Bottega Louie on 7th Street.  As you can see, the sign says “beer hall” but I’m not there to drink.

Barrel Down

The entire front of the place is completely open and pours out onto the street, which reminds me of New York City.

Barrel Down

Abe is excited, he loves beer.  He orders one from their 40 taps.

Beer

Barrel Down

We pick all vegetarian dishes, but the menu is full of delicious-sounding meat options, like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and a dry-aged Sirloin Burger.

BBQ Carrots

I am blown away by what Chef Derrick de Jesus does to simple vegetables.

BBQ Carrots

BBQ Heirloom carrots glazed in honey chili, served on top of whipped yogurt…

BBQ Carrots

…and Cauliflower Popcorn.  These are fried/dipped into Ginger Aioli and Chili Lime Vinaigrette.  And they are so addictive.  I can’t stop popping them into my mouth.

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Cauliflower Popcorn

The Pear and Endive Salad is vegan and super fresh…

Endive Salad

Endive Salad

…and the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich is actually 1.5 servings!
Vegetarian Sandwich

Vegetarian Sandwich

Roast Eggplant, Ricotta, Smashed White Beans.  Perfectly toasty Multigrain Bread.

Vegetarian Sandwich

Dessert is a warm Bourbon Bread Pudding with chocolate, banana, brown sugar pecans…

Bourbon Bread Pudding

…I don’t drink alcohol, but of course I devour this.  It isn’t the prettiest dessert, but it’s pretty tasty.

Bourbon Bread Pudding

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