With nearly every style of cuisine getting the fast-casual treatment these day, it’s barbecue’s turn. WR Kitchen & Bar brings wood-fired meats in a casual, counter-service setting to The Square at Bressi Ranch, joining a lineup of eateries that already includes Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Casero Taqueria, and Mendocino Farms. Opening today, the Carlsbad location is just the second for the brand, which is an offshoot of the SoCal-based Wood Ranch chain. The 3,900 square-foot space, which includes a large patio, is fueled by an open kitchen that serves up its signature wood-fired proteins, from pasture-raised tri tip to oak-smoked brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and fire-roasted chicken. Several meats are now also available as taco fillings, along with roasted cauliflower and wood-grilled Atlantic salmon. The quick-service menu is rounded out by starters, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
Offering an extended happy hour, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, the eatery also includes a full bar that pours beer, wine, a good selection of American whiskey, and cocktails that range from a frozen rose slushy to margaritas and Old Fashioneds.