In search once again of a unique spot to sample fresh, homemade and fun food, I stumbled upon Birchwood Café. Family and friends have raved about their breakfast and weekend brunch. I have been told the waffle either Buttermilk or Savory is well worth any wait at Birchwood’s busy brunch.
I made my way to Birchwood for a father/daughter lunch this fall and was pleased with all aspects. Bicycle parking at the front door along with curb side tables that were extremely inviting. Inside we placed orders for shared meals of the Ham & Cheese Melt Fischer Farm ham, gruyere, fig shallot compote, rosemary mayo and apples on French seed bread, Pulled Chicken Pizza with mustard oil, fennel, rutabaga, thyme, parmesan mornay, cheddar, provolone and lemon, and the Quinoa Salad with lemon, carrot, mixed peppers and onion served with a half slice of bread with butter.
This Seward neighborhood establishment recently celebrated its 18th anniversary, amazing that I have only been there one time! This is truly indicative of the many fine dining options available to each of us in the Twin Cities. Birchwood boasts (as it should) its commitment to real food, farm to table dining and its customers.
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Chasin’ Freshies (2013 Release) by Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Hop IPA 7.2% ABV, 65 IBUs | It’s that time of year! Hop harvest season is upon us. Fresh hopped brews are shipped to stores and this is a good one. Deschutes notes, “Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment thing. This year we’ve chased down Virgil Gamache Farms’ famed Amarillo hops. At harvest, we rush the hops from the vine to our kettles to ensure we capture the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year.”