Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar offers tavern fare with modern updates
The Double Barrel Kitchen & Bar sits along busy North Hamilton Road, where restaurants seem to pop up every day.
“Business is booming on this side of town,” said manager Lauren Riffle. “There are tons of apartments and condos that have been built in the last few years.
“We opened in December 2019 and survived the COVID shutdown that happened a few months later.”
The vibe is casual but to start things off on a spicy note, the menu features stuffed jalapeno poppers ($10), which are egg-washed and dusted with breadcrumbs.
“They have a little heat because we use fresh jalapenos, but the cream cheese mixture definitely balances out the heat,” Riffle said. “We mix cream cheese, bacon and shredded cheese together and stuff them and house panons. They’re served with a side of our queso because you can never have too much cheese.”
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Candied bacon ($9) appears in several dishes and even on its own as a starter.
The smoked bacon is rubbed with cayenne pepper and brown sugar and grilled on the spot.
“It has a little kick, but in my opinion, it’s not too spicy,” Riffle said. “It really depends on how hot you can handle it. Confit Bacon is one of our most popular appetizers.”
In what might seem like an unusual combination, Double Barrell serves up a Bacon Peanut Butter Burger ($13).
“It’s one of our most popular burgers, actually,” she said. “People are skeptical at first but still love it if they decide to try it.
“Our patties are 7½ ounces of fresh meat, never frozen,” she said. “The sweetness of peanut butter goes great with the salty taste of bacon and it just works. You really can’t go wrong with one of our burgers.” .
The blackened salmon sandwich ($14) includes layers of spinach, bacon, pepper jack cheese and garlic aioli. It comes with one side; Riffle recommends onion rings.
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“It’s one of my personal favorites,” she said. “It has a little kick from the blackened seasoning but just the right amount. The best part is the homemade garlic aioli.”
The fish and chips ($15), served with homemade coleslaw, fries and Jamaican tartar sauce, is for the biggest appetites.
“We use pollock and a homemade beer batter so it’s deep fried and airy,” Riffle said.
Like many taverns, Double Barrel takes its wings seriously, she said.
Offering a choice of hand-breaded or naked, the wings are five for $9, 10 for $17. Customers have a choice of 13 sauces.
“Caroline’s reaper is spicy but not overpowering,” Riffle said. “It’s not a heat that stays with you for long. I like to toss the reaper with the garlic parmesan seasoning for the perfect flavor. The dry barbecue rub is also delicious.”
For a healthy bite, diners can opt for the Greek salad ($9), which is tossed with a feta and olive oil vinaigrette. Add chicken for $4 or salmon for $6.
“I love Greek salad,” Riffle said. “The feta is nice and creamy and we’re loading up the toppings. The dressing is a dressing with chunks of feta. It’s our most refreshing salad and it will fill you up even if you don’t add protein.”
Double barrel kitchen and bar
Where: 6445 N. Hamilton Road, Westerville Area
Kitchen hours: Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 11 p.m., Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Contact: 614-245-4247, https://www.doublebarrelcolumbus.com