After three attempts at reservations for Birch and Barley, with 50% of my party backing out last night, I FINALLY went last night with a friend and it was SO worth it.
First, it was surprisingly busy for a horrid night and the servers were excellent - the only sour apple was the guy at the reception. He needed to lighten up, but whatever!
The bread board is insane - I could eat my weight in those pretzels. So good. All of the bread was delicious and came out warm, which was delightful.
I started with the panzanella salad that included whipped buratta and a fried green tomato. It was very tasty with zippy balsamic and creamy whipped cheese. It was also beautifully presented.
Dinner partner and I shared a small "summer time" flatbread, which was the only downer of the meal. It was not bad, but it was missing something - like an acid or something spicy. It was a little flat. We were going to go with the fig one, but figured "it's summer!" - think the fig one is probably better.
For dinner I had a small order of the cavatelli with heirloom tomato sauce and roasted chicken. The sauce was delicious and there was some crispy element that made the texture of the dish very enjoyable. The pasta was perfect and comforting. I actually could have done without the chicken, to be honest, because I don't feel like it added anything with the flavorful yet light sauce and pillowy pasta.
DESSERT. I'd like to marry the dessert. I had the plate of confections, which I've been dreaming about for weeks. It did not disappoint. The highlights were the mini-fudgsicle, the snickers, and the oatmeal sandwich cookie- amazing.
I also had a glass of wine, but would not order it again - $11 for a 4oz pour was a bit out of my budget for wine when I'm not a big drinker. But on a night like last night, I thought it was in the spirit of things.
The biggest disappointment was the very overpriced coffee - $4. I would have loved coffee last night but alas, at $4, I did without.
I am very much looking forward to going back to Birch and Barley - it was delicious. I could imagine on a crowded night, it can get loud but for the food, I can yell across a table!
Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005