Birch & Barley

Modern American

  • 93
  • 2015 Best Beer List
  • 2015 Best Brunch
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Overview

This Logan Circle staple offers elevated, seasonal New American fare along with a 550+ brew list in a rustic-industrial setting. The rustic 60-seat dining room features wood beams, dangling lights and exposed brick walls. Substantial booths line one wall, opposite a row of tables with acrylic chairs. Metal pipes, resembling a grand organ, ferry artisanal beers from 50 kegs upstairs (at sister space ChurchKey) to awaiting taps at the bar.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500. If there's another Washington restaurant that takes its suds as seriously as this Logan Circle establishment, I haven't sipped there. Beer sommelier Greg Engert has a knack for casting a spell on aficionados and making converts out of skeptics. Dashing in brick and wood and car-size booths, my tavern of choice does solids as well as liquids. Chef Kyle Bailey's pastas are prime and his ricotta cavatelli is a standout in combination with heavenly chunks of roast pork, melted provolone and crisp broccoli rabe. Luring me away from the excellent brat burger on occasion might be entrees of seared hake or honey-glazed duck, each delivered with a twist: orzo swirled with sugar snap peas for the fish; nutty wild rice and boozy cherries for the bird.” – Washington Post

“It’s hard not to polish off freshly baked kalamata-olive and pretzel rolls before appetizers even hit the table. You’ll want to save room, though, for a lovely salad of Honeycrisp apples with slivers of mortadella or an oblong flatbread laden with salt-roasted pears and smoked provolone. Bigger plates are unexpectedly elegant. Ever had wolf fish? Neither had we until we tried the meaty, monkfish-like filet here, which paired beautifully with roasted salsify and lentils. And don’t skip dessert—especially the joyfully nostalgic cookies-and-confections plate, featuring miniature riffs on Hostess cupcakes and Snickers bars.” – Washingtonian

“The Boozy Brunch [option] at this beer-focused bistro may be the city’s best brunch deal. The meal starts with incredible doughnut holes in flavors like toffee-bacon, glazed lemon-poppy and bittersweet chocolate. Among the main course options are fried chicken and Belgian waffles with maple-chicken jus and house-brined corned beef hash with fried duck eggs. The Boozy Brunch also includes two cocktails and bottomless MadCap coffee.” – Food & Wine

Accolades

  • 100 Very Best Restaurants of 2015 – Washingtonian
  • DC’s Best Restaurants, 2014 – USA Today, 10Best list
  • Finalist, Best Upscale Casual Restaurant – 2013 RAMMY Awards
  • Best Brunch Spots – Food & Wine
  • Best Thing We Ate: Birch & Barley’s Chicken and Waffles – Zagat
  • DC: 3 Top Places to Drink Your Dinner 2016 - Table8

Menu for Birch & Barley

Dinner Menu

First Course

  • Cauliflower garlic aioli, shishito peppers, smoked pimentón
    $8.00
  • Baby Romaine Caesar parmesan, fried boquerones, garlic breadcrumbs
    $14.00
  • Burrata artichokes, red pepper, beet greens
    $13.00
  • Funghi Misti trumpet, hen of the woods, shiitake, pumpernickel, camembert
    $14.00
  • Beets mache, bottarga, crème fraîche, pistachio
    $13.00
  • Scallop Ceviche yuzu, daikon, avocado, espelette
    $14.00

Second Course

  • Duck Confit Flatbread gouda, portabella, raisin compote, scallion
    $10.00
    $18.00
  • Pork Belly Flatbread blue cheese, fontina, garlic, chili, egg
    $10.00
    $18.00
  • Margherita Flatbread sweet garlic confit, mozzarella, basil
    $9.00
    $16.00
  • Conchiglie Bolognese beef, pork, parmigiano
    $9.00
    $16.00
  • Bucatini cacio e pepe
    $16.00
  • Gnocchi brown butter, sage, speck
    $17.00
  • Spaghettini Nero smoked uni, clams, leeks, chili
    $21.00

Third Course

  • Double Decker Burger secret sauce, ,cheese, marrow carmelized onion
    $18.00
  • Arctic Char brussel sprouts, mushrooms, citrus
    $24.00
  • Cast Iron Chicken spätzle, salsa rosa, mustard greens
    $24.00
  • Roseda Petite Filet caramelized onion, heirloom carrots, mushrooms
    $26.00
  • Lamb Shank red kale, polenta, gremolata
    $28.00
  • Beef for Two smoked potatoes, rosemary vinaigrette
    $85.00

Chef's Menu

  • Lobster Salad Brioche, gribiche, trout roe. Beer Pairing: peeper | maine beer company | maine
  • Chitarra Crab, lemon, espelette. Beer Pairing: colorado wild sage | crooked stave | colorado
  • Scallops Parsnips, apples, buerre blanc, almonds. Beer Pairing: biere de wassail | arizona wilderness | arizona
  • "St. Louis Style" BBQ Pork Steak Brussels sprouts, wonder bread, cracklins. Beer Pairing: curator | klosterbraurei ettal | germany
  • Farmhouse Cheese Tasting Cocoa cardona, st. stephen's triple cream, blue jay supplemental $8. Beer Pairing: fantome de noël, bluejacket people are people, avery the maharaja supplemental $7
  • Apple Tart Candied apples, oatmeal crumble, vanilla gelato. Beer Pairing: raspberry sour | avery | colorado

Brunch Menu

Brunch

  • Corned Beef Hash fried eggs, potato, parsley, roasted peppers
    $16.00
  • Chicken Sandwich belgian waffle, creamy polenta, maple-chicken jus
    $16.00
  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese crème fraîche biscuit, hash browns, mixed greens
    $16.00
  • Avocado Toast poached eggs, mixed greens
    $15.00
  • Pork Belly Flatbread blue cheese, fontina, garlic, chili, red onions, egg
    $16.00
  • Margherita Flatbread sweet garlic confit, mozzarella, basil
    $16.00
  • Duck Confit Flatbread fontina, portabella, raisin compote, scallion
    $16.00
  • Bone Marrow Panzenella little gem, balsamic onions, speck, foccacia
    $14.00
  • Baby Romaine Caesar parmesan, pepper, fried boquerones
    $14.00
  • Breakfast Carbonara soft poached egg, pancetta, parmesan
    $17.00

Extras

  • 3 Hen Eggs scrambled or fried
    $6.00
  • Bone Marrow Scrambled Eggs onion jam, pig head gremolata
    $7.00
  • Smoked Bacon
    $5.00
  • Hash Browns parsley, thyme, chive
    $5.00
  • House-made Breakfast Sausage Links
    $6.00
  • Creamy Polenta
    $5.00
  • Thick Cut Toast honey butter, fig jam
    $2.00

Sweets

  • Freshly Fried House-Made Donuts toffee-bacon / grape jam / chocolate
    $6.00
  • Warm Brioche Sticky Bun
    $4.00
  • Chocolate Banana Bread
    $4.00

Boozy Brunch

  • Freshly Fried House-Made Donut Holes Choice of 2 Brunch Cocktails, Bottomless Tea or Coffee. Choice of Entree
    $30.00

Drinks

  • Punch below the Beltway bourbon, red wine, brown sugar syrup, orange juice
    $10.00
  • Sweater Weather gin, cider, lemon, ginger beer
    $10.00
  • Mimosa choice of orange or grapefruit
    $8.00
  • Muddy Blarry roasted tomato puree, horseradish, celery seed, lemon, tabasco, pepper
    $10.00

Dessert Menu

Main

  • Pistachio Cake lemon gelato
    $10.00
  • Apple Crumble vanilla gelato
    $10.00
  • Olive Oil Panna Cotta olive oil cake, pomegranate, hazelnut tuile, honey gelato
    $10.00
  • Trio of Gelato honey, nutella, vanilla bean
    $10.00

Artisanal Cheese Plate

  • Ewephoria | Sheep | Holland
  • L'etivaz | Cow | Switzerland
  • Tête De Moine | Cow | Switzerland
  • Blu Di Bufala | Buffalo | Italy
  • Green Hill Camembert | Cow | Georgia

1337 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Modern, Refined, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 567-2576
  • Private Dining Room: Yes