Old McDonald had a farm,
Ee I ee I oh,
And on that farm, he had some antibiotic-addled cows and genetically modified crops.
For pasture-to-plate fare that doesn’t come with a side of gnarly pesticides, mosey over to Barnyard, the new Venice restaurant from French Laundry and Tasting Kitchen alum Jesse Barber.
Retrofitted with an enclosed patio and rustic vibe (exposed wood beams, raw cement floor), the former Benice space reopens this Friday as a locavore haven that goes easy on the wallet.
Graze on small plates and tapas (braised baby octopus, honey-glazed ribs) before moving on to mains that Barber sums up as “light and fresh comfort food” (pork with caramelized apples and polenta, risotto alla pilota).
By mid-February, most of the menu’s fruits and veggies will come courtesy of the restaurant’s five-acre Malibu farm.
So don’t hesitate to harvest a reservation.
Barnyard, 1715 Pacific Avenue, at Mildred Avenue, Venice (310-581-1015 or barnyardvenice.com).
Photo: Biz Urban Photography for DailyCandy