So it looks like we’re going to be on teee-veee – ha! We have been out and about, scouting out the new developments in our neighborhood in the three years that we’ve been gone. One of them includes a lovely little restaurant called Birch&Barley/Churchkey. The first is the more formal restaurant downstairs, the second is the less formal bar.
We did the bar this time around and they happened to be filming an episode of Unique Eats for the Cooking Channel right at the same time. While we’re in no way stars of the show, apparently we might have bit parts as we were told to “bite into these delicious burgers” and “act natural”. I was such a natural that I promptly dropped my food out of my mouth and into my lap so I’m hoping they will have the good sense to edit that in post-production. It wasn’t my most diplomatic audition.
Their claim to fame, other than their chef Kyle Bailey who’s been racking up awards around town, is their 555 artisanal beers, which is more of a draw for diplo-husband than for me – for me, the biggest draw is likely their simplest item. The tater tots – what’s more exotic america than that? I serve tater tots at nearly every brunch party, as I’ve learned that they’re a crowd pleaser no matter what else is on the menu. At Churchkey they have a perfectly soft mashed potato center, nice crispy exterior. They’ve apparently been known to get a wee bit pretentious at this restaurant but based on our one experience, I have to say thumbs up so far. It was a slower time of day so they were very diplo-baby friendly – looks like we’ll be back for some more tater tots.
Photos by The New Diplomat’s Wife.