Though charcoal drawing was once the dominant artistic medium in Canada, precious few masterworks survived the realization that those early portraits could be crumpled up and used to smoke delicious stacks of ribs. Honour forgotten artists with today’s Groupon to The Bull n' Barrel downtown. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a rib and chicken dinner for four (a $66.95 value). The dinner includes:
- Four combos (a $14.99 value each) that each include a quarter-rack of ribs and a quarter chicken
- One order of chicken and sweet potato fritters to share (a $6.99 value)
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Southern fare and non-alcoholic drinks.
A downtown urban saloon, The Bull n' Barrel serves up Southern smokehouse fare in an atmosphere of country-rock rebellion. Foursomes taste the melding of two Southern staples in the chicken and sweet potato fritters, a fried-dumpling dish that knocks out hunger more effectively than fried boxing gloves. The ribs and chicken combo quartet sports four meaty rib racks dry-rubbed in The Bull's own blend of spices in a choice of four styles and finished with four chicken quarters. With taste buds already migrating down South, groups can cut loose on the expansive dance floor or take a ride on the mechanical bull Fu Manchu, so named for its intricate facial hair grooming routine performed between each ride.
Unrestricted menu roaming tempts palates with fried pickles sidekicked by chipotle ketchup and sour cream ($7.99) and bread-encased bites of the pulled-pork sandwich ($11.99). Mains range from salmon bronzed in a cast-iron skillet ($14.99) to beer-can chicken ($25.99), a whole fowl roasted as an upturned can of beer marinates the meat. Rustic wood walls adorned by neon beer signs, acoustic guitars, and longhorn skulls set a tone for The Bull's weekly hoedowns, and an outdoor patio or lounge graced by a fireplace lets patrons slip out for air or to settle arguments about whether the Big Dipper is shaped more like a ladle or spatula.
The Bull n’ Barrel
The Bull n’ Barrel preserves rustic country pleasures in a restaurant reminiscent of an old-fashioned saloon. Servers shuttle plates of smokehouse cuisine around an indoor dining room adorned with antlers, red brick, and two central bars that pour ice-cold brews into mason jars. Southern flair also permeates the menu, which offers classic dishes alongside straightforward burgers, and sandwiches. A large indoor dance floor hosts live music and events, and the eatery’s namesake feature—a mechanical bull—bucks any rider who neglects to first feed it a cube of sugar.