The Whiskey Barrel is located at 200 Jersey Avenue in Gloucester City. Formerly the site of Heavy's on the Harbor, this recently renovated hot spot is a place where workmen come for a pilsner and then go home to fetch the wife and kiddies for dinner.
My companion and I stopped by out of curiosity one fine September afternoon and, after being warmly greeted by Jeff the Chef, decided to stay for a late lunch. We were glad we did. Alissa, our server (who was also tending bar) was friendly and helpful. We ordered cocktails and she brought over a plate of bruchetta as a starter, complements of the house. How delightful! We ordered the reuben platter (succulent, hot, and huge) and the signature Whiskey Barrel Burger, which was the best hamburger your gal Rita has ever tasted! Alissa shared the secret with us: a brand-new char griller! The smokey flavors and perfect cooking added to the already tenderly-created entree!
As if my dainty dining gloves weren't already soiled enough, we ordered dessert. Alissa mentioned that, although they were not made in-house they were imported from a reputable Italian bakery. Since she had been forthright with us thus far we decided to give it a whirl.
We ordered the toasted almond cake and it was beautifully plated and absolutely divine! In fact, my companion was tempted to order his own after sampling our 'share' plate but because of their generous portions we chose, instead, to finish with coffee. Alissa mentioned that they would soon be offering a coffee menu and I am determined to personally sample each one when it becomes available!
For upstairs diners there is cozy seating and two spanking-new pool tables. The main floor houses booths, tables, and the gorgeous new bar. A more intimate dining area is separate from the bar area and offers a lovely view of the harbor.
My rating of The Whiskey Barrel, on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest, is thus:
Ambience: 5 stars
Taste: 5 stars
Service: 5 stars
Economy: cocktails, entrees, dessert (shared) for two, with coffee: $42 plus gratuity, placing The Whiskey Barrel in the low-to-mid range cost-wise
In summary, for an afternoon adventure, an intimate lunch, or a family-friendly dinner, The Whiskey Barrel rates high on Roving Rita's review scale!
Don't miss out on this opportunity, folks. And, when you go, tell them Rita sent you!
Until next time, happy roving!