Written by: Steve Stover
Date: April 5, 2019

Nashville hot chicken on a savory ham and herb waffle, with dill buttermilk sauce and house-made horseradish pickles at Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover

Nashville hot chicken on a savory ham and herb waffle, with dill buttermilk sauce and house-made horseradish pickles at Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover

The much-anticipated Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen opened in late January in the former Angry Baker (and Dragonfly/Till) location on King Avenue near Neil Avenue.

Alqueria executive chef Jacob Hough and executive sous chef Patrick Marker said that Alqueria means farmhouse in Spanish, a nod to their decade together at Barcelona in German Village.

The decor reflects the farmhouse theme with lots of reclaimed wood. The main dining room seats 60, with a side room for 20 at high-top tables. The front patio seats 15.

The interior at Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen features reclaimed wood and agriculture tools. Photo: Steve Stover

The interior at Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen features reclaimed wood and agriculture tools. Photo: Steve Stover

Chef Hough described the food as “farm to table,” with “approachable, rustic but refined, new American cooking and some Spanish influences.” There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan offerings.

I stopped by with a friend a week after opening for lunch. My friend enjoyed the apple wood smoked duck grilled cheese with Havarti, pickled onions and arugula on buttered sourdough, served with seasoned fries ($13).

I particularly liked my Nashville hot chicken on a savory ham and herb waffle, with dill buttermilk sauce and house-made horseradish pickles ($14). We were too full for the house-made salty caramel and chocolate crème brulee or the chocolate-and-coffee porter bread pudding.

The full dinner menu includes a very nice charcuterie offering ($6 or $7 per item or $27 for a tasting); eight starters ($7 to $21 for foie gras) and seven entrees, including a burger, walleye, cassoulet, the popular buttermilk fried chicken, braised pork shank and short ribs ($16 to $28).

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen food

The menu at Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen also features A plate of four spreads; chicken liver pate, roasted eggplant, pimento cheese and humus served with toasted pita ($12), perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts with corn nuts, almond, glazed apricot and blue cheese ($8), Spanish chorizo with sweet pickles and toast ($(7) and a glass of tempernello ($5). Photo: Rich Terapak Sr.

There is an interesting cocktail menu; a wine list featuring Italian, Spanish, and American wines; and a nice selection of Ohio craft beers.

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen is off to a strong start, with creative takes on new American food, with a few Spanish touches. I plan to go back soon to work my way through the interesting and fun menu.

Alqueria Farmhouse Kitchen
247 King Ave.
614-824-5579
alqueriacolumbus.com

Hours
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.