Is it a restaurant? Is it a butcher shop? Is it a wine bar? While it might make an interesting study in split personalities, we prefer to think of Butcher’s Barrel as an embarrassment of riches. Open for a number of months now, this little venue with its signature red-awning shaded terrace has fast become a go-to for fabulous cuts of meat not found elsewhere, like Mishma Reserve Waygu beef. Their selection of wines available by the bottle or the case or crate is outstanding and the prices seem very reasonable.
There ostensibly just for a late lunch, we were taken by their well-stocked retail shop, where we found everything from goat’s milk cheeses and prosciutto to olive oils and a bacon aioli. Both the retail and restaurant space are perfect for Oakland Park’s growing culinary district. One block from the cappuccino crowd at Cyth & Co. in one direction and a couple blocks from the gigantic, Funky Buddha brewery, Butcher’s Barrel has two big garage doors they throw open when lunch is ready… and boy what a lunch.
A menu that changes by the month, they’ve developed a following eager to dine on specialties like steak frites, Maine lobster rolls, and their Barrel burger, made with a shortrib/brisket/chuck blend topped with cheddar, pepper jam and bacon. Come for the veal Milanese, leave with a crate of Argentinian Malbec… a culinary world tour… right in Oakland Park!
3580 NE 12th Avenue
Oakland Park, FL