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The Broken Barrel

The Broken Barrel

On one of those perfect temperature, perfect humidity evenings, I headed to the best location on Lake Woodlands at Hughes Landing.  We only get about three of these evenings a year, so you have to take advantage.  I headed to Broken Barrel.  Their wrap around patio faces the largest part of the lake and is perfect for watching the sunset.  All of this amazing atmosphere is enhanced by a great menu of adult drinks and interesting tapas.  Lets talk about the drinks first.  They have an awesome wine menu that is well priced.  They have one of my favorite red wines  by the glass — The Prisoner.  They also have Orin Swift Machete by the bottle which is always excellent.  They have a full bar and craft beers.  But for me, the stars of the bar are the gin and tonics. They pair different gins with fresh botanicals and serve it on ice with good quality tonic on the side.  For example, Hendricks is served with rose petals and cucumber.  They are excellent and interesting.  The tapas menu is creative and has something for everyone.  There are daily Happy Hour specials until 6:30pm which are a good value and excellent.  I recommend the queso and the taquitos.  The menu has full sized dinner options as well as veggies, bites, and small plates.  My favorite, the grilled octopus is tender and smokey, and served with a carrot hummus.    The avocado toast with its crunchy pumpkin seeds and radishes is tasty and filling.  The cochinita pibil tostones are served on fried plantains and I could eat them all day.  Veggies are flavorful and fun.  The baby beets are tasty as are the roasted rainbow carrots, and goat cheese and arugula salad.  It would be easy to fill up on tapas and drinks and overlook dessert.  However the s’mores casserole is worth every single calorie.  It is amazing and even though I say I’m only going to eat a few bites, I always finish every single bite.  The owner of Broken Barrel can usually be found in the restaurant, and I think she will make this a local favorite.

Website: http://www.brokenbarrelwoodlands.com/

Terri Olson

After 34 years working for a global oil company, Terri retired to travel more and spend time with family. She is a foodie-wanna-be and loves to travel, try new foods, and enjoy the local cuisine in The Woodlands. She became interested in dining experiences after living and working abroad in Europe and trying many new foods and restaurants in Copenhagen and London.

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