Dining adventure: The Red Barn

Michael Rodriguez and some Red Barn ribs.

On Friday night, a few friends and I decided we were in the mood for a dining adventure.

We decided to eat in a barn. The Red Barn, to be specific.

The Red Barn is a restaurant on the east side of Lake Afton (technical address: 24401 W. MacArthur Road, Goddard.) It was taken over by the Rodriquez family a year ago. Gerard Rodriquez, who had culinary training at Johnson County Community College, and his father, Michael open the place to the public a few days a week, selling barbecue, tamales, tacos and breakfast on weekend mornings.

Winter hours are pretty abbreviated, and when we arrived at 7 :15 on Friday, the place had just closed. But Gerard and Michael invited us in to enjoy the tamales and barbecue they still had left over while the family cleaned up the restaurant. It was all so good, we happily forked over $15 for a dozen tamales to-go.

Mmmmm. Tamales.

The inside of the barn was quaint, featuring a fireplace and a log cabin feel, with wood everywhere. It’s available for rental for weddings and other private parties.

I’m really looking forward to visiting this summer. In May, the family is planning an outdoor music festival. (Apparently there’s a zip line outside, too.)

For now, hours are 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 316-794-3320.