There is always a lot going on in Ocean Springs culinary world, but the recent opening of the Coast’s first Keg and Barrel has caused quite a stir.
It is located in the new apartment and business complex on the north side of Bienville Boulevard, just a few doors down from Four Bulls, a new butcher shop that features wagyu beef, so they have great company.
If you have visited the Hattiesburg Keg and Barrel, you know what a cool place this is, but the Ocean Springs location is even better, featuring a stylish oyster bar, roll-up garage-style glass doors and beautiful finished wooden tables.
The atmosphere, even on a frantic opening day, is modern but comfortable.
Of course, the beer selection is a priority for this place, but I can’t imagine that you would not find a brew you will love on their list. There are ambers, blondes, browns, lagers and pilsners, stouts and porters, and a whole lot more.
In fact, 43 beers — but no, wait! That’s 43 draft beers and doesn’t include the more than 50 bottled beers. But there is still more! There is also a two-page cocktail and spirits list to peruse.
The food menu is just as exciting as the drinks list. Right off the bat, I knew I was in the right place when I saw Boogie Bombs, that’s fried pimento cheese balls, jacked up with Grumpy Man jelly and green onions.
The appetizer list also offers Don’s Debris Fries, loaded with roast beef debris, cheddar jack cheese, green onions and horseradish sauce. There are eight of these small-plate offerings, just right to make an entire meal for you and a few friends with shared small plates.
The five different kinds of pizza looked good, and there are also five different oysters, from raw to the bestseller, Oysters Elote, made with charred corn, fresh lime juice, cotija (Mexican cheese), mayo, tajin (spicy seasoning) and cilantro.
The Keg and Barrel is also known for its burgers, and the Hawaiian BBQ that went by me looked very good indeed, but there are seven others to choose from, all made with locally raised grass-fed beef.
And don’t pass up a look at the sandwiches, the K&B Rueben was one of the best looking I have seen in a while, and the oyster BLT was hard to resist.
If you are looking for something a bit more substantial, there are also nine entrees on the menu. The Catfish Poydras is one of the bestsellers, using Mississippi farm-raised catfish, fried of course, served with dirty rice and crawfish etouffee. Other standouts were the fish tacos, chicken and waffles and the shrimp and grits.
I really like the location of the new Keg and Barrel, it is beautifully put together, and the drink menu and the food menu are exciting, and well thought out. Definitely put this place on your list.
Keg and Barrel
Where: 2501 Bienville Boulevard, Ocean Springs
When: In October, closed Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday