Restaurant Review: Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore)
Woodberry Kitchen is one of those restaurants that during my time there kept finding myself saying phrases like, "wow! that sounds good! oh, look at that, it's so cute! i love this building. oh, they sell their own jam! mmm this food is delicious." First off, it has a lot going for it being in a renovated old factory in a hip part of town called Woodberry. I did some research and found out this part of Baltimore has historic roots as a mill town. Many old mills have been converted to condos and artist studios. The wooden and historic surroundings is rustic yet warm and cozy. I went in March when a light dusting of snow was on the ground and temps were chilly.
The Supper Menu is organized into several categories from farmstead cheeses to oysters. I headed straight to the main supper section and after much deliberation went with a classic - Cast Iron Chicken & Biscuit ($29) that came with braised greens, carrots, honey butter, and pan sauce. I think the rustic setting and the wintry vibes outside made me crave a comforting and classic dish. The waiter said it was one of the most frequently ordered dishes. It did not disappoint! So incredibly flavorful yet simple.
I powered through the main dish and had just enough room to try dessert. Our table went with the Good 'Ol C.M.P. ($14): fresh cream ice cream, hot fudge, toasted marshmallow, and wet peanuts. Sadly, I have no picture, but it disappeared fast doubt I could've snatched one. I realized my menu choices were pretty classic and 'safe' but it always reassures me when a restaurant does basic things really well and doesn't overlook the details. Next time I'd love to try the quail ravioli and scallops with grits and smoked oyster jus.
Another fun thing about Woodberry Kitchen is their in-restaurant or online Pantry where you can buy items like jam and hot sauce made with local ingredients. Apparently their hot sauce called "Snake Oil" is a coveted condiment made out of Chesapeake fish peppers.
Woodberry Kitchen, keep doing what you're doing, I am a fan!
Serves supper/dinner 7 days a week and brunch on Sat and Sun.