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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.


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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