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Birch & Barley

Birch & Barley

American Restaurant$$$$
Logan Circle - Shaw, Washington
  • Stars
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    Has a stamp of approval from Men's Health Mag and Bon Appetit Magazine
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    • Bon Appetit Magazine
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    David B.
    "Their brat burger may be one of the best burgers you'll ever eat."(5 Tips)
    HalaH A.
    "Bone marrow and chicken and waffles🤤🤤"(11 Tips)
    Christopher R.
    "Awesome food + biggest and best beer selection in the MD/DC/VA area."(13 Tips)
    M Squared Real Estate
    "Don't overlook the tasting menu."(4 Tips)
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  • chicken & waffles
  • beer
  • donuts
  • brunch food
  • tasting menu
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 29, 2011
    Sitting just beneath its sister beer haven ChurchKey, Birch & Barley is the full package: a refined menu plus creative desserts and a beer list that is 555-strong. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Rachel K.heart icon on user image
    Rachel KMay 18, 2015
    Vegetarians: limited options. They say farm to table but that's mostly meat (they butcher meat on premise). You can eat: mushroom risotto with capers, spring pea flatbread and all the great desserts.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostDecember 17, 2014
    Following an overnight cooling, the mac and cheese sticks are cut info 3-1/4-inch-by-1-inch bricks, coated with garlic-infused panko bread crumbs, fired and served with a sweet tomato relish. Read more
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    Heba-I-amJuly 23, 2017
    The NY steak was delicious! Their signature cocktails are well made and have interesting flavor profiles.The apple fritter was so freakin good! The bartender Nik is super friendly!
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    All locally sourced plates!! Bread was amazing & made fresh! Fig and prosciutto pizza was tasty. Wish we did the tasting menu! Loved the beer selection. You should definitely sampled a few!
  • Jenn
    JennDecember 9, 2012
    One of my favorite brunches in the city. Reserve a table in advance and if space is tight call and ask to be placed at the Chef's bar overlooking the kitchen. The homemade donuts are a must.
  • Tara C.
    Tara CNovember 30, 2012
    Best gluten free restaurant in DC. They will gladly alter any dish, have a separate GF bread plate (with delicious surprises), and pages of allergy-free beers. Servers very knowledgable, too!
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 22, 2012
    maybe the best homemade donuts in town -- there is a lot to love about this brunch but it can be tough getting a reservation. While mimosas are good, try the brunch punch to mix things up a bit! Read more
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsDecember 22, 2014
    Washingtonian says don't miss: Arctic-char tartare; charcuterie board; fig-and-prosciutto flatbread; bratwurst burger; honey-roasted duck breast; peanut-butter cheesecake; fried chicken and waffles.
  • Kiki K.
    Kiki KarpusAugust 31, 2014
    One of the best meals@of my life. The duck was fantastic + the truffle herbed Mac & cheese. Don't even get me started on the beer list.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJanuary 4, 2013
    An upstairs/downstairs, beer-focused restaurant and gastropub. At Birch & Barley, order the cavatelli and flounder tartare; at Church Key, Tater Tots and charcuterie.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    What to get: Pork loin with greens and eggplant; cavatelli with roasted chicken and chicken-skin cracklings; hake with beans and corn; grilled skirt steak with puréed potatoes and mustard greens.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 22, 2012
    AWESOME, knowledgable staff...thanks Zach! Flatbread is a safe bet, but venture out as it's all tasty. LOVED the skate wing. Everything is seasonal, so menu is constantly changing.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 9, 2012
    The Brät Burger–a mix of veal, ground beef, and pork–lends this burger its signature bratwurst flavor. It's a meaty, porky meld that's topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and Emmentaler cheese.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    Inauguration drinking games! Sure the truffle mac & cheese and honey-glazed duck breast are also worth Instagramming, but it's mostly the 555 beers that keeps Birch & Barley a DC best. Read more
  • Arnaud R.heart icon on user image
    Arnaud RéautéOctober 14, 2014
    Very good menu (flatbreads are amazing). Didn't try the beers but it seems to be a must do! Service was awesome and the food amazing.
  • Richie S.heart icon on user image
    Richie StarkJanuary 2, 2014
    Beer list is extensive and impressive. Pairs well with a Sunday brunch of donuts and fried chicken
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Explore beers whose preparation and flavor profiles were influenced by food with Join Greg Engert and Culinary Inspired Beers at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 5/29 – 6/1. Read more
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 15, 2011
    Don't overlook the tasting menu. Constantly changing, always delivering. Treat yourself. Go alone, sit in the back overlooking the kitchen and indulge. The desserts are amazing too.
  • Southern Living
    Southern LivingFebruary 10, 2012
    Made our South's Best List! Beer director Greg Engert can match the ideal ale to a brat burger or a starter of grilled octopus with pickled eggplant. Read more
  • Erik B.heart icon on user image
    Erik BrokNovember 19, 2014
    If you are a beer enthusiast you should select your own beers rather than go with the beer menu that is offered to go with the food.
  • Mark J.heart icon on user image
    Mark J.February 16, 2015
    Delicious food with an unparalleled beer selection. Seriously, like 500 varieties of bottled beer or something ridiculous.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 20, 2011
    From toffee-bacon donuts to Grand Marnier French toast, the brunch menu at Birch & Barley is innovative and interesting. We gave it an A+!
  • Kate S.
    Kate SanfordMarch 18, 2010
    Went on Sunday for b'day dinner which was def a great non-crowded night to attend. No need for apps, the bread platter they offer is awesome, then enjoyed the Duck & Casks beer! Loved this place!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 9, 2013
    Great food paired with a fantastic, extensive beer selection.
  • Anna E.
    Anna EbbesenFebruary 10, 2013
    Don't go with the tasting menu without the beer pairing – especially the cheese and beer match stands out in my memory as perfect.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HardwickApril 15, 2010
    Overall ambiance is incredible! So sorry that I missed the brussel sprouts..I did try the Skate Tartar and it was incredible. The wine list is short but sweet...I sampled a delish Grenache Mourvedre.
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 11, 2014
    From Washingtonian: pecan-studded brioche sticky buns, sausage and fried egg on a crème fraîche biscuit, chicken and waffles
  • Martina E.heart icon on user image
    Martina EkmanNovember 25, 2015
    The pre appetizer bread sampler is so good, and the french fries are perfect!
  • Kasia K.heart icon on user image
    Kasia KJune 13, 2017
    the foursquare tips and reviews are outdated since the menu changes often. All the food was great though!
  • Nikki E.
    Nikki ErskineSeptember 4, 2011
    Stephen was phenominal, his pairing suggestions spot on. Awesome beer list... And the food! Definitely be back the next time I'm in DC.
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    ketzirah lesserAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you get the tasting menu, just get the beer pairings. It's always worth it.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 12, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011 ("One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500," writes Tom.)
  • Chuck B.
    Chuck BenemeritoSeptember 1, 2014
    And the chicken & waffles...DOUBLE amaze-balls crisped and dipped in syrup to perfection!
  • Kari B.
    Kari BarrNovember 27, 2011
    We had kevin as a bartender, he was fantastic! Knew his stuff and took AMAZING care of us! I would recommend him and come back just for him!
  • Taraheart icon on user image
    TaraJune 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent service. Brunch is excellent. Get the chicken and waffles.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 8, 2012
    Pair a brat burger, topped with beer-braised sauerkraut and Emmentaler, with a pint of Kentucky Breakfast Stout: Read more
  • Sandra R.heart icon on user image
    Sandra RubinchikDecember 19, 2016
    The conchiglie bolognese is more than worth all the embarrassment of trying to pronounce it.
  • HalaH A.heart icon on user image
    HalaH AJanuary 6, 2020
    Bone marrow and chicken and waffles🤤🤤
  • Liza
    LizaSeptember 3, 2012
    Goat cheese cheesecake is heavenly. Screw the calories. No regrets.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 23, 2011
    Birch & Barley is best known for is its breakfast,. Our choices? The chicken and waffles or the house made toffee-bacon doughnuts. Yum.
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonMay 2, 2014
    Insane beer list (550+) and solid home-cured charcuterie
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FisherSeptember 5, 2011
    Incredible tap and bottle selection of craft beer. The food is also inventive and delicious. Read more
  • Washington Post M.
    Washington Post ManagerOctober 11, 2011
    *** stars in Tom Sietsema's Fall Dining Guide 2011 ("One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500," writes Tom.)
  • Paula P.
    Paula PaixaoMarch 31, 2013
    Get the boozy brunch! Food is amazing, great service and Joel is awesome!
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie MartinSeptember 3, 2016
    Amazing beer list!!!
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa ShapiroAugust 22, 2010
    Try Pastry Chef, Tiffany Issacson's delicious desserts: Bacon Donut, Cashew Snickers, & Peanut Butter S'more. The sorbets are delicious also!
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzOctober 1, 2010
    Their brat burger may be one of the best burgers you'll ever eat. And it comes with their homemade mustard for the fries.
  • Tamo S.
    Tamo SeinMay 25, 2014
    Ask for Goldi Locks. He has great hair and great recommendations.
  • Shmupi K.
    Shmupi KotoSeptember 16, 2013
    Huge selection of beers ! Wifi password : majestic
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