Cask & Barrel has been open less than a month. In that time, they've already started generating positive buzz in the food media. Here's a "first impression" from Chris Macias in the Sac Bee from February:
At $6, the plump skillet of mac ’n’ cheese is one of the best food deals in town. Flavor-wise, with its gooey aged cheddar and bacon bits, it’s also one of the best we’ve tasted in Sacramento...
Overall, the prices at Cask & Barrel are about on point, if not on the cheaper side in some cases, compared to Tank House, Farneheit 250 and other new-school bbq spots around Sacramento...
The food’s off to a solid start, and this concept could stick, especially given its reasonable pricing.
Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.
I agreed with much of what Macias wrote. I enjoyed the preview that I attended, and I plan to be back - soon.
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