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Black Sheep offers specialty burritos, brews

Oct. 06, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The building at 1555 3rd Ave., has it's fair share of lore in local restaurant history.

Up until this spring it was home of the quirky coffee house The Java Joint, and before that it was home to the fondly remembered tex-mex joint The Calamity Café. So naturally when the space became available it was only a matter of time before another eatery opened it's doors. The new restaurant/bar Black Sheep Burrito and Brews had its soft opening in mid September. Owner Patrick Guthrie also owns the V Club.

"We already owned a music venue and when we found this slot was open, it would be a good anchor for a new club," he said. "This seemed like a good opportunity because I felt like Huntington needed something more than your traditional bar and grill with hamburgers and fries. I always loved burritos and West Coast style tacos.

"We acquired the space in June and it took us about three and a half months of renovations before we opened," Gurthie added. "We moved the bar to give us some more space, put in new tables, added street-side tables and completely redid the kitchen. I wanted to give the place it's own feel. Calamity Café had a unique feel, The Java Joint had it's look, so I wanted the place to have it's own look.

The specialty burritos and tacos at Black Sheep aren't your traditional Mexican fare. You can get a burrito with Texas style brisket ($8.25), a blueberry barbecue sauce, slaw, and pickles. There are also Baja style fish tacos ($3.25) served with an Ancho yogurt sauce. A breakfast burrito includes Chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, a black bean and corn salsa and Monterey Jack cheese.

Other specialty burritos include Thai chicken, Curry with Vindaloo spiced chicken and steak. Tacos include carnitas (pork shoulder), smoked duck, and Portobello mushrooms ($3.25). A sampler of any three tacos is available for $9.50.

"Our menu is almost like if a burrito went all around the world and came back with all of these stories," Guthrie said. "We use the burrito as a vessel to offer different types of ethnic street food. Some of the more adventurous eaters are drawn to the smoked duck and the bulgogi, though we offer something for everybody. We're still working out the menu a little bit. We may add a few items and some items might change."

The bar has a number of craft beers.

"Magic Hat #9 is proving to be really popular," Guthrie said. "We sold 20 kegs of it last week. We just added Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, and we offer two beers from Bridge Brew Work's Brewery in Fayetteville, W.Va.

Black Sheep is located at 1555 3rd Ave. It is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The bar is frequently open until midnight or later. Open mic performances take place on Sunday evenings. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted. For carryout or more information, call 304-523-1555.

If you go: Black Sheep Burrito and Brews

Type of food: Burritos, tacos, and craft beers

Address: 1555 3rd Ave., Huntington

Phone number: 304-523-1555

Payments accepted: Cash and most major credit/debit

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Bar open until midnight or later.

More online: For more than 150 restaurant profiles and growing, visit the entertainment page at www.herald-dispatch.com.

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