Bite into Black Sheep Burritos
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Get a taste of something different at this Huntington eatery, bar, and music venue.
At Black Sheep Burritos and Brews, casual diners enjoy a global fusion of foods in the form of a burrito or taco.
Black Sheep opened in September 2011 across the street from Marshall University in Huntington. The restaurant became a reality when owner Patrick Guthrie and Chef Jeremiah Bowen collaborated to create one of the most unique menus in Huntington. “In a herd of sheep, a black sheep stands alone from the rest, just like our restaurant,” says Patrick.
Among its popular menu items is the Brisket Burrito—rubbed with a house chili blend and Dijon mustard, then smoked for 15 hours and shredded by hand. The brisket is smothered with a blueberry barbeque sauce before being wrapped into the burrito and served with roasted red pepper slaw and pickles.
The Smoked Duck Taco is another customer favorite. Picture slowly smoked duck, pickled blackberries, and shaved red cabbage doused in a homemade pecan, ancho yogurt sauce. (In case you were wondering, ancho is dried poblano, a mild chili pepper.) “There are a lot of flavors in the mix of a burrito,” Patrick says.
Other Black Sheep favorites include the Smoked Trout Taco, Curry, and Bulgogi (Korean barbeque), as well as breakfast and vegan items. Jeremiah says the newly added weekend brunch menu is a big hit, featuring a variety of quesadillas and house specialties. “Our brunch goes above and beyond anything that Huntington has to offer,” he says. The Whiskey Cream French Toast with Bacon Marmalade has been a brunch menu superstar. The heaping pile of French toast is topped with sweet blueberry cinnamon vanilla syrup—homemade, of course.
This is more than a restaurant, though—what with its live music offerings and full bar. As a local venue, Black Sheep brings artists of all backgrounds together. “We host a variety of different events from low- to high-brow,” says Dave Mistich, manager. Live bands are featured Thursday through Saturday, and there’s an open mic night every Sunday. An open mic comedy night is also held the first and third Wednesdays of every month.
Another event, called Dine and Discover, is great for those curious types. Every first and third Tuesday of the month, academics and scholars from Marshall give discussions on various topics for about an hour and conclude with taking questions.
Black Sheep’s full bar offers wine, house specialty cocktails, and 14 beers on tap. “We focus on the higher quality,” says Dave. For beer and ice cream lovers, Black Sheep suggests beer floats like the The Muddy Mountain—Sierra Nevada poured over a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
No matter your reason for stopping in, Black Sheep offers something you can’t get anywhere else in the area. Patrick says, “Black Sheep has been a breath of fresh air, bringing something new and unique to Huntington.”
Black Sheep is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.