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Square Barrels Now Serves Wagyu Burgers and Lamb Chops

The Downtown burger joint added new dishes this month to its lunch and dinner menu.


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These two burgers are the latest additions to the menu at Square Barrels in Downtown.
Photos: Catherine Toth Fox

 

Since Square Barrels opened three years ago in Downtown, it’s become one of our go-to lunch spots, especially if we need a burger fix stat.

 

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We’re fans of the fried caprese bites ($8.50), breaded mozzarella cheese cubes with grape tomatoes and pesto sauce; truffle fries ($6), fried in pig fat and topped with house-made truffle butter and Parmesan cheese; and the wide selection of made-to-order burgers using house-ground meats that you can top with everything from kim chee to a fried egg.

 

Starting in January, Square Barrels’ executive chef Sean McMonigle created a few new drool-worthy dishes to add to the lunch and dinner menus, giving us several more reasons to stop eating lunch at our desks.

 

Two new burgers are in rotation: the decadent wagyu burger ($21), with prosciutto, Swiss cheese and caramelized onions, topped with tangy IPA mustard and a fried-caper mayo, so juicy it dripped down my arms; and the green chili burger ($16), with 6 ounces of house-ground beef, American cheese, shredded lettuce and a house-made salsa verde that adds a burst of flavor and spice. Honestly, we couldn’t choose which one we liked better.

 

A look inside the wagyu burger, new to the menu at Square Barrels.

 

The green chili burger is topped with house-made salsa verde.

 

New to dinner, the lamb chops ($16) are a showstopper, grilled and served atop pan-seared potatoes and a cream sauce made with IPA mustard and rosemary. The chops are moist and tender and the dish in its entirety, with a sprig of fresh rosemary, is beautifully presented. It’s easily a dish you’d expect on white tablecloth—not in a burger place.

 

Another new dinner item is the signature cut prime New York strip steak ($28), an 8-ounce cut served with a charred pepper sauce, cauliflower and garlic bread.

 

The super fancy lamb chops.

 

We’ve never been opposed to ordering salads here—the Drive-Thru salad is basically the burger without the brioche bun—so we were happy to see a new addition to the veggie lineup. The dark berry salad ($11) features blackberries, blueberries, Korean pear, red onion, almond slivers and feta cheese over mixed greens and is topped with a honey-tarragon balsamic vinaigrette that pulls all the flavors together. If I wasn’t already eating the wagyu burger, I could have just had this for lunch. With truffle fries, of course.

 

For dessert, we tried the new bananas Foster ($14), with local bananas caramelized in brown sugar and rum, fired at your table and accompanied by vanilla gelato from Il Gelato. It’s a great new addition.

 

The dark berry salad features blackberries, blueberries and Korean pear.

 

The bananas Foster is new to the dessert menu.

 

But don’t worry: the beignets and dirt cakes (deep-fried Oreos in pancake batter) are still on the menu.

 

1001 Bishop St. (Hotel Street side of Bishop Square), (808) 524-2747, squarebarrels.com

 

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