I'm always on the lookout for some good Shepherd's Pie, that ultimate comfort food dish, and so I was happy to find that the new Barrel 44 in Bexley (in the old Bexley Monk space) has a great rendition on their menu. This new location has a bigger food menu than the Short North original, and this dish is a noteworthy addition.

Barrel's Shepherd's Pie is made with ground lamb and wine-braised root vegetables, topped with a pillow of buttery mashed potatoes. It's broiled until those whipped potatoes are nicely browned and just a bit charred. The flavors are layered and rich--pair it with a glass of red wine and you'll feel all warm and tingly.

On the opposite end of the spectrum but just as tasty is Barrel's 44 Salad, aslo found on the Short North menu and one of my favorite house salads in town. It's got spring greens with dried cherries, candied pecans, hearts of palm, goat cheese and beet curls. A burgundy vinaigrette ties this sweet-tart salad all together.

Barrel 44

2232 E. Main St., Bexley