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Alas, home sweet home.

After what felt like an eternity of holding down the air mattress at my friends apartment until I found a place of my own, I finally got settled into a duplex in Denton, Texas. Denton is one of those college towns where majority of the students commute: which means that there is plenty of great restaurant and bar choices and it has that ‘Big/Little’ air about it. Needless to say, I was curious about my new mini metropolis, so I invited my sister-in-law up from North Dallas to explore and brunch with me.


We ended up in the square downtown, which had quite a few choices. The one that caught my eye was right smack on the corner with these large beautiful windows overlooking the street. The restaurant had an inviting entryway with one of the sweetest hostess’s ever smiling out at us. HOW could we possibly refuse.

Barley & Board is Denton’s first brewpub restaurant highlighting “New American Cuisine.” We began with a few drinks, my selection being the strawberry mojito.


My three word review: this place was unexpected, eclectic, and delicious. I ordered the Crisped Mechada, which was boneless beef short rib that was reformed into a patty, covered in panca and served with a fried egg over butter beans. My sister had the Parisian Gnocchi, which had vegetables, broth, herbs and topped with Parmesan.



As we were enjoying our meal, I kept noticing the same dessert passing by. Now, I am not a bread pudding enthusiast by any means, but when I say I would wrestle someone for this sucker…it was WINNING.


By far, Barley and Board is my favorite restaurant to date in the Dallas/Denton area. I am looking forward to another visit soon.

About The Author


Kiyo is an accomplished Air Force veteran, with experience having worked in public relations for the last 7 years. She also has a deep passion for writing, cooking, and entertaining. Eat Now, Drink Later is a sarcastic, honest, and detailed account of some of the amazing and not-so-amazing restaurants that Dallas (as well as neighboring cities and the rest of the world on occasion) has to offer. Kiyo's hope is that you find inspiration to venture to new places and try new things... to eat now and drink later.

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