One of our favorite things at this beer-obsessed hot spot is pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s breads, and her work is front and center at its excellent brunch. We wish we could indulge in pecan-studded brioche sticky buns, warm and oozing dark caramel, every weekend. A thick patty of sausage and fried egg rests in a gorgeous, soft crème fraîche biscuit. And fried chicken and Belgian waffles are a good bet if you can’t decide between sweet and savory. A short list of worthy (beer-free) cocktails includes an assertive Bloody Mary and a brightly flavored fruit punch. Low lighting and strong air conditioning make it easy on folks who have had too long a night. Sunday 11 to 3.
Birch & Barley: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012Photograph by Chris Leaman.
Comments () | Published October 8, 2012
Birch & Barley/ChurchKey
Address: 1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood: Logan Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11, Sunday 11 to 8 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center, McPherson Square
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Rowdy
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Best Dishes Bread board; shrimp corn dogs; tater tots; flatbreads with figs and prosciutto, with veal-neck sausage, or BLT style; brat burger and fries; dessert tasting plate of oatmeal cream pie, “Hostess” cupcake, fudge pop, and marshmallow.
Price Details: Birch & Barley starters $9 to $14, entrées $16 to $30. ChurchKey shareable plates $3.50 to $14, sandwiches and flatbreads $7 to $15.