• My Town Is Here
    November 12, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Barred Owl Butcher And Table
    Mon, 11/11 6:02PM

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    lard, butcher, drink, restaurant, butcher shop, conversation, visit, barred owl, Columbia, appetizers, duck fat, squirrel, menu, beef, cooking, flavors, leaf lard, hors d’oeuvre, fat, black walnut

    By My Town Is Here
    Andrew

    Well, it all started off before my visit to Columbia, Missouri.

    I’ve heard about the town for quite some time and have had people that I know that have lived there off and on for the past 25 years or so, but I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting it.

    In looking at a work project, believe it or not, I had seen the Barred Owl, and I was curious as to what it was really like.

    But first I have to digress to a conversation that happened earlier that day about the benefits of the different kinds of fats, including lard, tallow, duck fat and something that had never come up in conversation before between us, leaf lard.

    We are talking some serious hard-core cooks here that had grown up on farms and butchered they own animals. So, a discussion of which fat was best for what cooking ensued.

    As soon as we walked into the restaurant slash butcher shop. We had to go check out the butcher shop. And the first thing that I noticed in the case was Believe it or not Leaf Lard. Wagyu beef tallow and Duck fat. The Holy Trinity of state-of-the-art cooking fats especially if you are into real cooking and Keto. Apparently, the odds are 100% that a million to one items in a conversation would happen to just pop up.

    Have you ever had that happen to you? I mean, the odds are unbelievable that they would have Leaf Lard? I have never seen it sold in a retail store have you? It is the lard made from fat around the internal organs of a pig. But be that as it may, that’s what happened.

    So, a positive vibe, was established. And then looking at the meats, which included Wagyu beef which is a rare thing indeed. Plus, the butcher explained how they made each and every single item and our mouths were watering, just by the conversation. So, we promised to come back in after we hit the restaurant

    We were happily surprised by the variety of drinks that were possible in this place, probably the largest selection that I’ve ever seen before. And they had some interesting combinations with such things like Aquavit, and several types of Absinthe.

    We were a bit rushed for time, so we decided on trying out a couple of appetizers, a Bloody Mary with Aquavit, vegetables and a beef stick. And the squirrel combo, I’ll let you go find it on the drink menu I’m not going to spoil it. But the Bloody Marys were great. With a little bit of Show Me State style. And the squirrel drink, was something that I would definitely order again. It had flavors including black walnut, which is an American thing of course. Very complex and wonderful.

    The hors d’oeuvres were all uniquely flavored and tasted great was the consensus. The warmed Olives were a particular hit. I also ordered the Pate Maison which was wonderful and hit the spot. Yummm.

    Unfortunately, we had to run as we had a previous dinner date, but the menu looked wildly interesting, and I can’t wait to return for the visit.

    It would take months of visiting it each day to try out all of the drink combos that they have. Columbia definitely has a Gem, as well as all of Missouri, and even America for that matter. It is that unique!

    So if you are are ever in that part of Missouri, check out the great combination of butcher restaurant and bar. That’s called the Barred Owl Butcher and Table. Undoubtedly, this is a well-deserved five stars. They are setting the bar high indeed.

    I can’t wait to go back.

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