For our Friday night taste of D.C. area food, we chose Birch and Barley. I'd read good reviews about it and it was only about two blocks away from our hotel, still a very doable walking distance in the freezing nighttime temps.
|Chef's Counter on the left.|
I love a good main course meal of duck, but I will only order it in big cities (i.e. Boston, Asheville, etc.) and of course D.C. qualifies, therefore I ordered the Honey Glazed Duck Breast. And it was just as delicious as I expected. Tender slices were served atop a bit of pulled duck and rice for a palate pleasing meal. Naturally, Carl chose the Brat Burger and was over the moon with how enjoyable it was. The menu here changes every week (which we love) so we had their special lemon dessert of the night. This dessert seamlessly combined the lemon tartness with a sweet cream for a very balanced dessert taste. Drink wise, this place boasts a collection of 555 beers (which Carl enjoyed choices from) while also offering a handful of cocktail selections. I ordered their version of a Mojito, which they make with Maker's Mark bourbon. Don't let that scare you away, it was a welcomed twist to one of my go-to drinks.
Overall, we seriously loved this restaurant. Let me know what you think if you make it there!