There I was, waiting for my fellow brunch bitch and our table, sitting upstairs in my favorite spot, Churchkey, for coffee and a “hostess cupcake”—filled with delicious house-made crème and topped with yummy frosting. Not a bad way to wait out a Sunday morning—and our table was ready in a jiffy.
We went to Birch & Barley in search of a unique menu and good beer, but decided instead on their delicious cocktails—Brunch Punch (rum, cherry herring, cointreau, pineapple juice, angostura bitters) and the strawberry Cava Mimosa.
According to the Bitches Brunch Rules, if donuts are available, donuts must be eaten. At Birch & Barley, they bring you three flavors—bittersweet chocolate, lemon-poppy glazed, and <gasp!> toffee-bacon. Yes, toffee-bacon donuts. Though this pescetarian did not sample, my co-bruncher said they were delicious and tasted of toffee with only a slight hint of bacon. The lemon-poppy glazed donuts were the best.
I had the sausage, egg & cheese biscuit (hold the sausage) on warm crème fraiche with a simple salad. The biscuit takes the cake for the best part of brunch. It was moist, delicious, amazing and—wait for it—maybe the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had.
The Grand Marnier French Toast with early glow strawberries, marscapone and bacon was also delectable. Birch & Barley’s food is high quality and about as delicious as it gets.
Our server was competent, attentive, and speedy—he answered our plethora of questions with a charming smile (the single bitch wouldn’t have minded snagging his digits).
The bitches say: A+. Delicious food, yummy cocktails and brews, great service. All in all a wonderful establishment.
Birch and Barley
1337 14th St. N.W.