Not blowing smoke: Red Barn Butchers a treat
Wichita Published 12:00 a.m. CT Oct. 6, 2017
What: Red Barn Butchers
Where: 3909 Kell Blvd.
When: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Contact: (940) 224-6328
Grade: 4 forks
Last week my Lunch Bunch Buddy and I got yet another great lead on a local eatery via Facebook. While this place has been around for a while, it’s not a conventional restaurant, nor did my buddy and I know they even served food. But once we got the hint, we headed down to Red Barn Butchers to try out their lunch specials.
Located near Planet Fitness, Red Barn is most well known for, obviously, their meats. My buddy and I weren’t sure what to expect when we arrived, but we trudged along with abandon. We parked in front of the store and headed inside.
Red Barn’s interior looks exactly like one would expect: a butcher’s shop. A meat counter takes up the better part of two walls, while a third wall was adorned with shelves of meat-related goodies. In the corner, however, sat about three folding card tables full of customers.
My buddy and I approached the counter and said we’d like some lunch, and the sweet girl behind the counter invited us to the cash register and asked what kind of meat we’d like, followed by our choice of two sides, then whether or not we’d like a drink.
After hearing the day’s options, my buddy decided on the chopped brisket sandwich, and I picked the smoked chicken. We both ordered baked beans and macaroni salad as our sides. I asked for spicy barbecue sauce, while my buddy got regular.
While the card tables in the corner being full boded well for our meals, it unfortunately left us without a place to sit and eat. Once our food was ready we took it back to the office and prepared to dig in.
Red Barn’s portions are crazy! The styrofoam to-go container’s two smaller squares were filled with the sides, while the rest barely contained my huge smoked chicken -- carefully tucked in with some pickles and onions. I immediately knew this was going to be my next day’s lunch, as well.
For starters, the sides were delicious. The macaroni salad was palatable -- my buddy noted that it could’ve had a little less sauce, but it was still good. The baked beans, however, were perhaps the best my buddy or I have ever tasted. They were big and so full of smoky flavor. I would recommend these to anyone.
My chicken was deliciously smoky, as well. I could easily pull the pieces apart with my hands -- the meat almost fell off the bone. Even the next day, this meat was still flavorful.
The chicken plate at Red Barn Butchers chicken was
The chicken plate at Red Barn Butchers chicken was deliciously smoky and the meat almost fell off the bone. The sides, including the macaroni salad, were delicious as well. (Photo: Courtesy)
If the saying holds true that a good sandwich falls apart, then my buddy’s chopped brisket sandwich ranks up there among the best of them. My buddy couldn’t have picked up this monster if he wanted to. Attacking it with a fork, he ate almost every bit of that meat. The bread, tragically, didn’t survive the endeavor -- it practically dissolved under the juicy meat.
The total bill, for both of us, was $12.99. That's definitely hard to beat.
Overall, Red Barn’s lunch is a wonderful, well-kept secret. The portions are huge, the food delicious, and the prices ridiculously low for what you get. Maybe after this review, if enough people stop for lunch, they’ll have to invest in some more tables and chairs. Regardless, we recommend stopping by. It’s four forks for Red Barn Butchers.