The Oaken Barrel in Greenwood is a place I’ve been aware of for quite some time now. It seems to be quite popular, but it seems we rarely find ourselves in Greenwood with any time to spare. This week gave us the opportunity to stop and enjoy a relaxing dinner before taking care of some business in the area.
The restaurant is nicely decorated with posters, prints, and I would call it “pleasantly busy”. There is plenty of stuff to look it, yet not so much that it’s distracting.
It’s the same with TVs. There are a few scattered around, but there are ample places to sit and enjoy a conversation without being in sight of a TV. I appreciate this!
The menu is quite varied, with everything from burgers to pizza to steak and much more. And, if you are a beer fan, there are a number of different options available for you.
I wasn’t sure if they even offered a breaded tenderloin, but since they were on the way to where we were going, I decided to give them a try. I saw one on the menu, and asked the waitress “how is your breaded tenderloin” and…this is the FIRST time this has happened….she said “It’s NOT a fritter”. So…of course, this is what I ordered!
The meat itself is VERY good! Tender and moist, with a very nice flavor. Perhaps not the VERY best I’ve tasted, but it certainly ranks up there with the top.
The breading, although very good, leaves a little something to be desired. Yes, it’s good, VERY good. But it is lacking that little extra “oomph” that takes it over the top.
That said, it’s a VERY good sandwich, that falls just shy of the 5/5 rating that is breaded heaven. The bun is nicely toasted, it was served dressed exactly as I requested, and it’s well above average. I’m going to give it a 4 out of 5 bites, which means that it’s well above average, and I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to order it again on my next stop…and we will certainly be back!
The french fries were among the best I’ve ever had. Beer battered and done perfectly, you won’t go wrong with them. Holly chose the broiled seafood platter,which consisted of tilapia, shrimp,and scallops, and raved about how good that was.
Our dinner at the Oaken Barrel was a great experience. It’s one of those restaurants that we’ll make a point to go to again. Oaken Barrel is located at 50 N Airport Parkway in Greenwood, or you can find them online at http://www.oakenbarrel.com