Restaurant Review: Chicken in a Barrel BBQ

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Kauai isn’t just a haven of sunshine and beaches, it also has a unique and varied food scene. Here, you can find just about every type of cuisine imaginable: traditional Hawaiian fare, Italian, New American, and even great Tex Mex. Those who want comfort food and barbecue often head to a place that’s popular around the island – Chicken in a Barrel.

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The Chicken in a Barrel restaurant chain has existed for over 35 years, and the business has made its mark by serving delicious barbecue at a good price in a laid back and friendly atmosphere. Outside, you’ll find a vibrantly colored facade and inside, a cozy scene that smells absolutely heavenly – if you like chicken or barbecue at all, you’ll find the scent intoxicating.

As you can guess, chicken is the star of the menu, served in half or quarter portions. There’s also the Chicken and Rib Plate and Chicken in a Barrel Plate, each of which combines the restaurant’s famous chicken with sides of brown rice and chili beans. Other noteworthy entrees include the hoagie sandwich, babyback ribs, pork burritos, and mixed green salad with barbecued chicken.

The restaurant’s burgers are another menu favorite. The Hawaiian is a must-try if you like the combination of sweet and savory flavors taking Chicken in a Barrel’s classic burger and adding a thick slice of juicy grilled pineapple.

No matter which entree you get, you’ll want to be sure to round out your meal with one of the restaurant’s tasty sides. Their chili beans are epic! Don’t skip the Hawaiian style coleslaw and corn bread either. As far as drinks go, Chicken in a Barrel offers ice cold sodas, bottled water, lemonade, and various iced teas.

This restaurant can rightfully claim to serve the best barbecue on Kauai, and the staff make it a truly pleasant place to visit. They exude the friendly hospitality that the area is known for and are also quite knowledgeable about the menu. The next time you’re in Kauai and you get a hankering for comfort food, head to Chicken in a Barrel – you won’t be disappointed.

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