Birch & Barley: Best of Breakfast and Brunch 2012

Photograph by Chris Leaman.
Photograph by Chris Leaman.

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.

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