It may seem like a hike to go all the way to Baltimore to eat at Woodberry Kitchen, but you will not regret it.
Woodberry Kitchen is nothing like any restaurant in D.C.; it is large and rustic, with an open kitchen, specials written on a board, a friendly staff, and a huge, unpretentious, reasonably priced menu where everything tastes phenomenal. The restaurant focuses on Mid-Atlantic ingredients and cooking traditions and the menu consists of snacks/cold plates/salads/cheese/soups/warm plates/oysters/supper/sides/desserts/ice cream & sorbet. Sound overwhelming? It would be but for the incredibly gregarious, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic waiters.
The staff at Woodberry Kitchen is so excited about their own food that you can’t help but get excited too. Servers are happy to go through the menu with you (including the beverage menu!) and to explain to you how the ingredients used at Woodberry are seasonal, local, and come from farms that use sustainable agriculture. The use of such ingredients means the food is exceptionally fresh and flavorful.
Here are some of the items on the menu that stand out as being especially delicious: Lancaster Co. Ladyfinger Popcorn, salty and addictive and fun (and only $1!); Smoked Pecans, which are so smoky you think they have bacon in them but they don’t!; the Cheese plate, complete with delicious, creamy cheeses; lovely crisp-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside French Fries served in a whimsical cone with little dishes of ketchup on the side; perfect soups that are velvety and warm, salads bursting with flavor, and flatbreads covered in herbs, cheeses, and fresh, roasted, caramelized, creamed veggies. The menu changes often, depending on what is in season…which is a great excuse to come back from often. Whatever you do, do not skip dessert. The C.M.P., malt ice cream smothered in chocolate sauce, sweet marshmallow fluff, and salty wet peanuts is.to.die. for. REALLY. The Chocolate Pudding is also dense and yet light, and the Peanut Butter Cup, made with peanut butter fluff, ladyfinger crackerjack, pretzel sticks, is creative and rich, and pays homage to the quintessential American ingredient: peanut butter.
Another area in which the restaurant is wildly successful? Beverages. Cocktails at Woodberry Kitchen are a treat in of themselves, and make it worth it to come back time and time again just so you can try them all. Bitters, syrups, and mixers are all house made, and the mixologist is nothing short of genius. Try the Tradewind Collins, with house spiced rum, lemon, rhubarb bitters, cane sugar, and soda or the Canning Jar Punch, made of Tequila, aged rum, apricot syrup, sour mix, mole bitters, and sparkling rose. There is also a wide selection of wines, local wines, coffee, and tea.
Appetizers (including all of the small plates, flatbreads, salads, soups) at Woodberry Kitchen are around $10, main dishes are in the low 20s. The atmosphere is semi-casual, with a focus on food, friends, and having a fabulously fun time.
Woodberry Kitchen, 2010 Clipper Park Road No. 126 Baltimore Maryland 21211, 410-464-8000