Remember my dinner at Tallula? How about my lunch at Bourbon Steak? Both dining experiences were a result of being invited to test out new menus by Sangeetha and Amber of Pfau Communications. And so when last month Sangeetha emailed me to see if I'd be interested in joining her and a few other DC food bloggers to try a new brunch menu at Birch & Barley, my response was YES!
This was my first time at Birch & Barley, although I've heard a lot of positive chat about this stylishly modern restaurant from area food lovers and food critics. Despite having less than 6 hours of sleep, and having to deal with a cold rainy Sunday morning, I was looking forward to brunch-ing with Sangeetha, Adventures in Shaw, The Arugula Files, Capital Spice and Brunch and the City.
First things first, coffee! And unlike another place I wrote about, this one was good :)
The brunch menu fit on one page, which is a good thing for someone like me, who doesn't like to be overwhelmed with too many options early in the morning (or ever). The dishes included favorites like fried chicken and waffles, omelets, and French Toast, but also had a few surprises: Italian sausage flatbread, Truffled Croque Madame, and Corned Beef Hash. Oh which one to choose?
The donut trio included a cinnamon-sugar donut, a chocolate glazed donut, and a lemon poppy seed donut. The last one was my favorite: the amount of lemon flavor that hit you with each bite was refreshing, surprising and had you asking for more.