We started off by splitting an order of the Artichoke Hearts, which was a spinach salad served with artichokes, garlic aioli, shaved pecorino and crispy pancetta. This was very tasty.
|Grilled Pork Loin|
We decided to get dessert — hell, since we weren’t eating a ton of sushi or drinking gallons of wine, we might as well splurge on dessert, right? I decided to get the chocolate peanut butter tart, JDE got the French Toast and MS got the House-Made Cookies and Confections. My dessert was good – not amazing. I didn’t try the French Toast, but I did love the Cookies and Confections. This plate was a modern take on classic sweets from our youth. It included a cashew snickers bar, hostess cupcake, oatmeal cream pie, pudding pop, peppermint pattie, pecan joy and the chef’s favorite breakfast cereal sorbet.
I love peppermint patties and this house-made version was great…but not as good as the cashew snickers bar. That dessert was amazing. I could have eaten 5 or 6 of those alone. I was far from a gentlemen and ate half the snickers bar before JDE could have any. I feel a bit bad, but am very happy I was able to enjoy this dessert myself.
From the appetizer course, to the entree to the dessert, I asked the waiter just to pick a beer that would pair well with my selections. I had three different beers — I didn’t note the types/names, unfortunately. I was very happy with all of the glasses that were put in front of me.
I really liked this restaurant. I would definitely visit them on my next visit to the District.
Have you visited Birch and Barley before? What do you think of places with over 500 beers available — great selection or overkill? What is your favorite restaurant in the District? Do you keep track of restaurants you want to try while away from home?