Barlow’s is around the corner from my office, so I’ve frequently visited for lunch. I do not frequent this area on the weekends since I spend enough time on A Street Monday through Friday, but I made an exception for brunch.
I visited on a Sunday morning before heading to New Hampshire for a hike and was ready to carb load. The restaurant was empty at 10:30 a.m. I’m always making executive food decisions, and this morning it was to order the Big Papi pretzel and backed that choice up with the cheesesteak egg rolls. I didn’t realize how large this pretzel would be, but when it arrived at the table I was in heaven.
Sam Adams cheese dip and mustard were provided to coat the warm, coarse salt-topped appetizer. My boyfriend and I wanted to dig in ASAP, but I needed a photo with it (and some photos to share here) before elevating my blood sugar levels. The cheese dip was nothing like the nacho cheese sauce that you would find at the movie theatre. The dip is made using Sam Adams Octoberfest and a variety of different cheese types. It was smooth and creamy and although I could have enjoyed this pretzel without anything to dip it into, it was vital for Richie who covered each bite. I had a quick taste of the mustard, and is a great option for those who are lactose intolerant. It was on the spicy side, so if you would prefer plain yellow mustard, just ask!
The cheesesteak rolls could have had a better steak to cheese ratio (we could have used more cheese!) but were fantastic dipped into the cheese dip we had leftover from the pretzel. This appetizer was filling, and the amount of steak was promising considering the fact that Richie and I completely demolished the pretzel. The roll portion was crispy, and the aioli they served was good but nowhere near as great as the cheese dip. So insider tip: order the cheesesteak egg rolls with a side of Sam Adams cheese dip.
I was not in the mood for a brunch cocktail, so I ordered an apple Moscow mule. It was fitting for the fall morning. Richie had something other than his usual mimosa; the “morning sunshine.” It consisted of a Champagne base with cranberry and grapefruit juice on the rocks. For main dishes, we went with the “heffah and the hen” and the “Southie skillet.”
The heffah and the hen had an option to add fried chicken. I was feeling ambitious, so I agreed. More protein right? The sandwich featured a hamburger, eggs, bacon, cheddar, and jalapeño hollandaise. My eyes were clearly bigger than my stomach because I nearly finished half, but this is the dish to order if you are hangry or hungover. The brioche bun held all of the contents like a champ and the fries were crispy.
The Southie skillet, another great hangover helper, was packed with corned beef hash, eggs, tater tots and the consistent jalapeño hollandaise. The skillet was served steaming hot and was big enough to share if you are not prepared to take leftovers home. The two breakfast items were heavy and a great value.
The comfort food that Barlows serves will ensure you are full before finishing your meal. The service was on the slower side, and I had to call for the attention of our server on a couple of occasions. But if you are looking for somewhere without a wait close to Southie, Barlows is a good contender. The restaurant was setting up for a private party while we dined, so it is nice to know that they have space to rent for a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday, etc. There is a large outdoor patio space that is open on warmer days.
The Bitches say: three Champagne flutes!
Barlow’s over-sized pretzels, skillets, and a packed breakfast sandwich will ensure that you do not experience hanger for a full 24 hours post-meal.
Barlow’s serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.