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Barley Works at the Huether Hotel

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Barley Works at the Huether Hotel

Barley Works at the Huether HotelAmanda and I were driving thorough Waterloo Park the other day. We were there because, well, no reason really. I love that park. There is always something to do there: Afro Festival, Movies in the Park, Medieval Festival, a lot of walks for charity start there, of course there’s a little animal zoo, soccer, baseball, skateboarding, the boardwalk… We decided to visit Waterloo’s newest restaurant – Taco Farm, which is just around the corner.

Sadly, it was closed. They are closed on Monday. They are closed on Sunday too.

We went to one of our favorite places to hang out in Waterloo – the Huether Hotel. We decided to check out the new booths at Barley Works on the rooftop patio. It is a great place to hang out, above the noise and hustle-bustle of King Street. We love booths. There is something about cocooning yourself in a nice comfy booth that is just so pleasant and relaxing you never want to leave.

Comfort is important in restaurants, just like ice is important in drinks. You can’t have too much comfort and as far as I am concerned, you can’t have too much ice.

I ordered the Baja Chicken Flatbread with came fresh out of the oven covered in spicy BBQ sauce and cool dollops of sour cream. I didn’t know what to expect and was happily content with my order. I didn’t think it would be quite as robust a snack. I thought it would be flatter in both shape and taste.

Amanda had Antijitos. I tried one. It was cool and light. It’s a tortilla with cream cheese rolled up, very nice for a summer afternoon about 3:30. It won’t make you sweat and it won’t ruin your dinner.

It’s nice up there on the patio on a Monday afternoon in the summertime. There were only a couple of other patrons with the time we had to lounge carelessly, without a care. I noticed that you could hear the traffic on King Street, but only just under the 70’s and 80’s music playing lightly from hidden speakers.

It’s a good, cool and relaxing place. I’m glad Taco Farm was closed.

Where: 59 King Street North, Waterloo


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