Had my third visit to Birch and Barley this weekend and have decided that it officially tied with Rasika for my favorite place in DC to eat. The top notch service and the laid back atmosphere add to how much I enjoy this place.
I went with my mom during her visit this weekend for us to hit up the What's Cooking, Uncle Sam exhibit. We got to sit in the back by the kitchen which was great - although my mom thought it was a little warm. I didn't mind it but my back was to the kitchen so maybe that's why?
The waiter (wonderful!) asked if we had any dietary restrictions, and I mentioned my only one was needing more pretzels on the bread board. He happily brought us a couple more on the board which is, I must say, amazing. It's hard not to eat it all right away. I the had the pumpkin flat bread which was the low point of the meal - it was good, but not amazing. I think I'm holding out too much hope for their flat bread and they're just so-so. I think that if I were upstairs at Churchkey they'd be really good as a meal.
For dinner I had a small bowl of the beet risotto which was really, really good - sweet from the beets, a little acid from the balsamic, and the creamy goat cheese melted on it to create a variety of temperatures and textures. Plus, the color from it was gorgeous.
We both had the mini confections for dessert which are out of this world good. One of the desserts came with pumpkin ice cream, and the waiter happily brought me a sample of it and said that the manager told him they would send me home with some if I wanted, but my Weight Watchers points allowance wouldn't be happy with that!
We were fortunate enough to be seated next to the pastry sous chef, too - he, his wife (who works at Buzz) and his grandparents were there and had every dessert at dessert time - I was SO jealous and they all looked incredible.
All in all it was a wonderful meal. I am very much looking forward to trying brunch there, as I've only been for dinner. Can't wait to take my hubby there!
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005