Barrel Proof (1201 Magazine St., 504-299-1888; www.barrelproofnola.com), the Lower Garden District whiskey haunt from the LeBlanc + Smith restaurant group (www.leblancandsmith.com), has new bar food. Barrel Proof Kitchen replaces Little Bird, the pop-up from chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus. Chef John Sinclair, who oversaw the pop-up, is in charge of the new kitchen.
The new menu features rotating bar food and small plate specials, including fries served with a choice of aioli, sausage, piperade and Gouda, or mushrooms with gravy and chevre. There also is flank steak with bibb lettuce, peanuts, shallots and tamarind, and a dish featuring roasted eggplant, harissa pancakes, fennel, radishes and green tomatoes.
Barrel Proof Kitchen is open 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday.D