When I went to Wilmington, NC, I was very happy to stumble upon Beer Barrio. Immediately, I was blown away by the beautiful artwork and colorful atmosphere. We were greeted by friendly staff and the environment was warm and welcoming. Although the menu is Mexican, as a Colombian, I felt right at home.
Wilmington is about 2 hours from my mom’s house so I was starving when we arrived and wanted something hearty right away. I decided to get Chips with Chili-Cheese Dip as my starter and OMG was it good!
Then, my son and I shared a burrito order and a quesadilla order. That way neither of us had to choose only one. We got Al Pastor Burrito and Beef Nachos. No. We were not eating light at all this trip. LOL
As I’ve often mentioned in other articles, I believe in supporting microbreweries and drinking locally. Because of this, I looked for a local brew on the menu and I discovered Red Oak Breweries’ Bavarian Amber Lager. It’s not from Wilmington but from another NC town, close by called Whitsett. I’m now in love with this beer. It’s spectacular. It’s slightly sweet, refreshing, mildly hoppy, and has a moderate mouth feel.
In my opinion beer and Mexican food go great together and Red Oak’s Amber Ale was the perfect choice to compliment my meal.
I ate so much that I thought I was going to pop. Let me just say, this meal was worth every calorie. Everything I had was cooked exactly as it should be. The chips were not super salty or greasy. The tortillas were perfectly toasted. The chili was seasoned deliciously. The meats were tender. I was 100 percent satisfied with everything I had.
Of course, I was pleased to find out that the Beer Barrio was woman-owned. Hayley Jensen, who’s practically been working in the restaurant industry her entire life is passionate about beer. It’s obvious that Beer Barrio is a testament to that love. It’s a place where anyone can sit and enjoy their favorite brew with great food in a fun environment.