Located on 6th Street in Downtown Racine, just blocks from Lake Michigan, sits the approachable and modern fine dining experience of Butcher & Barrel Gastropub.
Found on a corner in 120-plus-year-old brick building in Racine, Butcher & Barrel’s scene is relaxed and cozy with leather banquet seating, exposed brick, vintage city photos, warm lighting and large storefront windows, perfect for any date night, after-work cocktails or even a special occasion.
Butcher & Barrel has a nice collection of wines, beers and signature drinks like the honey-bourbon mule or habanero matador, but the real star of the bar menu is a brand new build-your-own cocktail experience. The new drink menu features a specialty cocktail each week; customers mix the pre-portioned ingredients themselves. We tried the Empressive Gin & Tonic, mixing up our own colorful purple Empress gin, grapefruit juice and tonic to create a light and refreshing drink.
Once you have your cocktails, settle in with a sharable appetizer such as sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon, sweet chili wings or gluten-free California tempura. We recommend the namesake butcher block charcuterie board featuring meats and local Wisconsin cheeses with light and crunchy Taralli Italian doughnut-shaped crackers.
The main menu is simple but very thoughtful with good quality ingredients. Guests can choose from entrees like the 8-oz. B&B filet; 14-oz. boneless ribeye served with cauliflower mash or garlic-herb mashed potatoes; smothered pork chops; scallops; bacon mac and cheese with smoked Gouda; or herbed chicken. Butcher & Barrel also features a delicious entrée salad of farro and roasted carrots with dried apricots and whipped ricotta. The presentation of various sized steak knives on a platter is a cool interactive way to choose your culinary “weapon” for eating.
Make sure to ask about the weekly special. You might luck out with Chef Drew’s mouthwatering lamb lollies with a chimichurri-mint Romanesco. Lighter fare options include a few sandwiches like the B&B cheeseburger, made from the filet and ribeye scraps. We enjoyed the juicy buttermilk-battered Southern fried chicken sandwich with housemade hot sauce and tangy pickles.
Looking for welcoming dining experience with great cocktails, delicious food and impeccable service? Check out the Racine scene at Butcher & Barrel.
Butcher & Barrel Gastropub is open for dinner service Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday and Monday, 5 to 9 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays). Catering is also available.
For more information on Butcher & Barrel Gastropub, visit order.butcherandbarrel.pub
300 6th St.
Racine, WI 53403