Unlike the ideally proportioned cocktails that come in cool coupes from Barrelhouse Flat, the porchetta sandwich ($15) arrives looking like a big hot mess. So, how does one politely dig into a sandwich the size of a football while sipping a cocktail, especially when said sandwich also happens to be dripping with juices and stuffed with heaps and heaps of meat?
The Barrelhouse Flat
I'd arrived at Barrelhouse Flat around 4 p.m. that afternoon. Owner Stephen Cole had graciously granted my request to shadow the staff during their prep, service, and closing, with the goal of coming away with an unfettered look at what makes the place tick.
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