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Iron Barley

Map & Directions 5510 Virginia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
  • American, Barbecue
  • Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • Visa, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Riverfront Times' Description

Hoosier food is elevated to haute status at this unassuming South St. Louis outpost, where chef and owner Tom Coghill (previously head kitchen honcho at Frazer's Brown Bag) wields his cast-iron cookware to produce unbelievable creations: oak-roasted pork and chicken, toasted barley, green beans with bacon and onion, barley paella, hot smoked salmon and more. Coghill goes for broke and hits the jackpot with sweet-salty-spicy combos, like the Ballistic Elvis Sammiche (or sandwich, to the unenlightened): American cheese, strawberry preserves, sliced bananas, peanut butter and red pepper flakes. Just-plain-folk service and kitschy-cute Southern décor round out the experience -- one that's worth having over and over, and cozy outdoor bar and patio make it worth stopping in casually whenever the hunger strikes.

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  • Travel Channel on 11/07/11

    Adam stopped by for the oak-roasted pork loin entrée and unique Monte Cristo dog. As seen on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.

  • αβΗI on 03/01/13

    Unlocked Riverfront Times Best of STL Badge Level 9 Here

  • Careth T. on 09/24/10

    The peanut butter pie is my new go-to dessert. Sweet and spicy! Order it a little before you want to eat it though, so it can thaw a bit. There's a good reason they run out often.

  • Jacque M. on 11/10/10

    The peanut butter blaster is ridiculously delicious. Spicy & sweet. Definitely order it!

  • Riverfront Times on 10/10/12

    RFT 2012 Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Beer Selection in a Restaurant http://bit.ly/T5Egw6

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