The Barlow Room is an absolutely great looking, casual restaurant and a much welcome addition to downtown Dayton which is starting to look like a very happening place these days (am glad to see it being a former resident). The servers were charming, if a bit overworked, and the place seemed to be comfortably busy for dinner service on a Saturday. The wines by the glass lean towards Oregon choices (yeah!) and the pour is generous. We started with the R&B Salad (very good and a lot of it) and the calamari. My issue was with the calamari which was bland, bland, bland although the presentation was great and it was cooked well. Calamari depends upon it's surroundings for flavor, it would have greatly benefited from some acidity, something, anything, but it was disappointingly boring. The burger was fine if a bit oversalted, nothing special, and fries were extra crispy, just how I like them. Chicken sandwich was predictable. Bill with 2 wines and a beer (agree that beer choices are terrific), 2 apps (calamari and salad) and 2 mains (chicken sandwich and burger), came to $83. I'd like to see this place really succeed and think that with food loving wine country visitors, the current menu isn't going to cut it without some work. Not sure why I thought there would be outdoor seating, that would be great if added at some point.
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