By Daniel Paris
The Barrel District holds a unique position among the many stellar bar-food, pizza, microbreweries restaurants in the Coachella Valley. It doubles as a vegan bar-food restaurant as well. Most bar/restaurants have a gratuitous vegetable protein offering like an Impossible Burger or Vegan Chicken sandwich. Maybe a gluten-free veggie pizza. The Barrel District has an extensive vegan bar-food and pizza menu due to the fact one of the owners is a practicing vegan. There are over twenty entrees that are vegan including seven vegan pizzas that are available with a cauliflower crust.
Though I did not have a vegan entrée, many surrounding patrons were making happy noises as they were dining. I ordered the IPA battered cod fish and chips. The batter was light and crispy and the fries were savory and crunchy.
The atmosphere is convivial and well put together with large community tables and smaller tables scattered throughout all anchored by a huge wrap-around bar with friendly, talented bartenders. Service is brisk and attentive. I only had to wait ten minutes for my entrée among a near-capacity crowd.
35939 Date Palm Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Monday – Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am to 8:00 pm