The Little Barn
1050 Post Road East, Westport
Opened by Kevin McHugh, co-owner of Spotted Horse and Grey Goose, I imagine the conversation he had with his Little Barn partner, Scott Beck, went something like:
McHugh: “I’ve had heaps of success naming eateries after farm animals.”
Beck: “But the only ones left are Pig, Cow… maybe a Housecat, a Rat.”
McHugh: “Right. Which one makes you hungriest?”
Beck: “Not… none.”
Thus, The Little Barn was born.
The Barn, made from reclaimed almost everything, has a collection of perfectly worn license plates and a neon “Liquor Store” sign. These touches evoke a cozy “Aw, shucks” roadhouse environment, belied by the high-end bar with a parade of designer cocktails and wonderful gastro-pub fares. Which, of course, is irresistible to those of us who enjoy fraternizing redneck-style without actually involving rednecks.
The basic kids (“Half Pints”) menu appeals to, like, kids.
Robin’s note: The cocktails, concocted from fresh juice and top tier liquors are good, if inconsistent. The margaritas are sweet. Very sweet. I kept looking over my shoulder, expecting to be attacked by a flock of hummingbirds.
Their Specialty: Chicken Pot Pie
What You Should Eat: Excellent burgers and kale salad, Fish ‘n’ Chips, and pulled pork.
What You May Not Know But Should:
- The chefs are flexible and happy to monkey around with your entrée. So if you want chowder on your chicken wings or bacon on your baby backs, just ask.
- No entrée is over $20
- The location used to Dairy Queen, then a lousy diner, then Swanky Franks. Some people remain wistful about these restaurants.
- Beck and McHugh are proud Staples grads.
- No reservations accepted.