Located in the renovated Clipper Mill complex, Woodberry has a very spacious room with loft-style seating at the top. We have always been seated in the loft and specially requested it again this visit. The second level offers unique people watching opportunities, and the tables near the railing offer quite a bit more elbow room than the downstairs dining room.
|Great View From the Second Level|
The brunch menu had quite a few good options, but we both quickly settled on our entrees and appetizers. We had sampled the beignets at Spoons Cafe, our favorite breakfast spot in Federal Hill, so we were eager to try Woodberry's version. These mini bites were exceptional and coated in large sugar granuals. The accompanying fresh strawberry jam also made great dipping.
|Beignets w/ Fresh Strawberry Jam|
|Basil Mint Coffee|
|Southern Chicken & Waffles|
|Gourmet Breakfast Burger|
My chicken was surprisingly not fried, and the skin texture was a bit odd for my tastes. The dish was accompanied by a lot of fresh vegetables (leeks, carrots, corn) which made it much more conducive to a late lunch or dinner dish. I enjoyed it, but this version of chicken and waffles is probably suited for another time of day.
Ms. CCT's breakfast burger was a bit unwieldy, but the fresh English muffin and ground beef were incredible. In retrospect, I should have probably ordered it.
Though the coffee came right out, we waited....and waited...and waited for our entrees without notification from the staff. When we pulled our waitress aside, she said that the dishes were "being plated as we speak." After fifteen minutes or so, we grabbed her again, and she said they would be out promptly. We still had to wait a few minutes before they were ultimately delivered to our table.
This is not the first customer service "hiccup" we have had at Woodberry Kitchen. A while back for my birthday, we booked a 7:30 p.m. dinner reservation but were seated almost a half hour later. The staff was very apologetic and even offered us complimentary flutes of champagne, a nice touch indeed.
Today, the staff was equally as accommodating and gave us two glasses of fresh orange juice along with mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. We even had a manager personally apologize to us at the table. We weren't that bothered by the whole situation, just incredibly famished! Luckily Woodberry knows how to put out these small little fires quickly and engender good feelings moving forward.
|Fresh Orange Juice|
|Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream|
|Nice Outdoor Seating Area|
Until tomorrow, everyone!
-Charm City Traveler