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Oct. 30, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.
Updated Oct. 30, 2017 at 7:20 a.m.

Old Old Fashioned. Herman Marshal, sugar, bitters, flamed orange twist. At Cafe Barron's

When you walk into the bar area at Café Barrons, you can’t help but feel relaxed and at home. It’s like going to Cheers, where everybody knows your name and you’re right at home with friends.

That’s exactly the atmosphere I craved on a recent night in September. My boyfriend and I wanted to go out for date night, and we could think of no better place than Barron’s. Barron’s is great for all occasions. Whether you’re looking for a night out with your spouse, a girls night out with friends, or a place to relax after work, Barron’s is there for you.

At Barron’s, there’s a good chance you’ll see someone you know. If you don’t, there’s an even higher chance that the people there will be friendly and get to know you, so that the next time you walk through the doors you’ll recognize some familiar faces. When my boyfriend and I went into Barron’s, we immediately recognized two people there whom we talked with before ordering drinks from the bar.

Barron’s, both the shop and the restaurant, has been a Longview icon since it opened decades ago. A remodel to the restaurant a couple of years ago has given Café Barron’s an entirely new, modern flare. With its low club seating and sleek décor, the restaurant exudes the atmosphere of a 1930s jazz club. With the remodel, owners Jim and Julia Barron added a full-service bar that is classy, upscale and sophisticated. But, the great thing about Barron’s is that it always has been and continues to be a place that’s both upscale and casual. At Barron’s, you can dress up or you can dress down. You can wear a cocktail dress or a T-shirt and jeans. You’ll fit in and you’ll feel at home no matter what.

As for the drinks, I ordered Barron’s signature JuJu and my boyfriend had the “Old” Old-Fashioned. The JuJu is a glorious mixture of Tito’s vodka, pure pomegranate, fresh ginger and lemon agave. I hear it’s named after Julia Barron herself. It’s one of the most popular cocktails on Barron’s menu, and for good reason. You won’t be disappointed if you try it. Meanwhile, the “Old” Old-Fashioned is Barron’s take on the classic drink. It’s made with Herman Marshall bourbon, sugar, bitters and a flamed orange twist. Your glass of this at Barron’s will come with a circular ice cube. The drink tastes amazing. The old-fashioned got its name because it’s one of the oldest cocktails around, dating back to the 1800s. It’s easy to make and just as easy to drink. You will not want to put your glass down. The flamed orange twist gives Barron’s drink a nice touch. Our cocktails were well-made and delivered quickly after we ordered.

While having our drinks, we decided we could use some food. Just about anything on Barron’s menu is delicious, which makes it so hard to choose what to eat. I had the Southwest Linguine Alfredo with Chicken and my boyfriend had the Mesquite Bison Burger. The burger is one of Barron’s most popular items at both lunch and dinner. The Mesquite Bison Burger comes with pepper Jack cheese, poblano mayo and is served on a jalapeño bun. The Southwest Linguine Alfredo features chicken atop linguine with bell peppers and onions, all in a chipotle Alfredo sauce. Both meals are Southwest takes on classic dishes that add just the right amount of heat without being too overpowering. Another great thing about Barron’s is that all the food is made to order, so it’s fresh and hot when it’s delivered to your table.

Our waitress at Barron’s quickly took our order and provided exceptional service. She was very friendly and made the whole evening enjoyable. The bar staff, likewise, was equally as friendly. Everyone made us feel welcome and at home. We’ll be back again and we look forward to seeing more familiar faces.

Café Barrons

  • 405 W. Loop 281, Longview | (903) 663-4737
  • www.shopbarrons.com/cafe_barrons.php
  • Lunch Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Dinner Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • Bar Hours: 2:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 2:30 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Brunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday | Closed Sunday
  • Accepts Credit Cards Yes
  • Good for Groups Yes
  • Attire Casual or Classy
  • Ambience Classy, Upscale
  • Noise Level Quiet
  • Alcohol Full Bar
  • Happy Hour 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Appetizer Specials
  • Outdoor Seating Yes
  • Has TV Yes
  • Best Nights Fridays, Saturdays

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