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The Barleycorn, W. Asheville

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First thought: "This looks like a mini Wicked Weed." Same polished concrete floor and industrial fixtures with Edison bulbs. Same seating arrangement with bar in the back, communal tables in the center, and four-tops around the periphery. Full bar, twelve taps, over half local, but only one made (by Lookout Brewing) exclusively for them. The menu is mainly modern update on traditional English pub grub: fish, chips, bangers, and the like. We both had the cider-brined roasted chicken sandwich with avocado, goat cheese, and smoked red pepper aioli. Good sandwich but a bit small for its $9.50 price tag. My side was a small but good portion of corn pudding, hers the "thrice cooked" (I suspect blanched, the double-fried) fries. These were plentiful and excellent, with some kind of vaguely Indian spice (nutmeg?). Very friendly service. Total before tip for the above plus one beer and a hot tea: $27.82. Bottom line: If I lived in W. Asheville and didn't want to bother with trying to find parking downtown, The Barleycorn would be a good beer-and-pub-grub alternative to Wicked Weed.

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  1. Thanks for the review. I've been wanting to try it but have heard really mixed reviews. Sounds like a good replacement for Jack of The Wood too (re: similar menu items), a once-favorite spot of ours whose food has really declined over the years IMO.

    Side note...we went to WW this weekend and last (mid-afternoon...I still can't handle the crowd at night)...and wow was the food awesome. My husband had a new menu item, a grilled pastrami sandwich, that he proclaimed so good that we had to go back this weekend so he could get another fix. I stuck with my usual fried chicken but some of the other new menu items were enticing like a tuna-in-olive oil sandwich with roasted garlic aioli and capers...a grown-up tuna sandwich if you will. Subbed the house salad w/ shaved parm and candied walnuts for the fries which are the only thing I find to still be inconsistent at this place. Sipped on the Golden Strong and Milk and Cookies Stout and both were excellent.

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    1. re: miss piggy

      Oooh, that pastrami sandwich is calling my name as we speak.

      And you're right about the decline of The Jack, unfortunately. It's still a good place to enjoy a brew or a glass of scotch or bourbon, but the food...no.

      1. re: Jeff C.

        Had Wicked Weed's pastrami sandwich yesterday. If Katz's deli's version rates a ten, then this would be about a five or six...tasty but not enough meat or cheese to make you say "wow." The brussel sprouts side, however, was magnificent. And that Cookies & Milk Stout...wow.

        1. re: Jeff C.

          Yesterday I had the pastrami sandwich at All Souls Pizza. The pastrami was really good. I'd recommend it over their pizza.

          1. re: Leepa

            That place was doing gangbusters last night when we drove by. What else is good there?

            1. re: Jeff C.

              I've only been twice for lunch. First time I shared the mushroom/potato/roasted garlic pizza with my friend. I thought it was okay. She didn't care for it and thought the crust was burnt - though I thought it was just typical wood fired pizza crust. The crust was good, but thin. I would have preferred it to be a bit more substantial. I also thought it was a bit overpriced for a pizza that had maybe 50 cents worth of toppings on it. Yesterday, I went with two other friends and one had the kale/pickled pepper/mozz sandwich which she said was good, but spicier than she expected. The other had the chicken/kale/lentil soup which she said was really good. It looked good to me with nice chunks of chicken in it. My sandwich was excellent with really good house pastrami sliced fairly thick. Maybe four or so slices on the sandwich which was grilled. I thought I made the better choice among us.

              1. re: Leepa

                Thanks for the report. I actually like a thinner, slightly charred crust, so that sounds right up my alley. They'll have a hard time topping West First in Hendo, though.