The Traveling Locavore: Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore

Woodberry Kitchen Baltimore | southjerseylocavore.com

Last month when the James Beard Foundation handed out its annual awards, the award for the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic region went to Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore. Knowing I had a trip to Baltimore planned soon, I made a reservation for brunch at Woodberry Kitchen.  It was definitely the right move to make. This past Sunday, I met my friend Susan at the restaurant housed in a 100-year-old mill, and it did not disappoint.

Woodberry Kitchen is dedicated to the foods of the Baltimore region. Our waiter explained that they don’t use lemon, lime, or orange juice in their cocktails because they aren’t grown locally. Foods come from as close as possible and almost all foods are house made – sort of. The restaurant has created an off-site kitchen that’s close by to make a lot of their food. We’ll let that count as house made. The menu changes daily, based on what ingredients are available.

Brunch at Woodberry Kitchen was scrumptious. The service was attentive and well-timed. The setting was cozy. And, the conversation, as it always is with Susan, was stimulating. I’ll take you through our brunch in photos. I only wish we had more of an appetite to try more menu items.

Whole wheat pastry from Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore | southjerseylocavore.com

We started off brunch by sharing a whole wheat cheese pastry with sour cherry preserves. It was crispy on the outside, soft and flaky on the inside, delicious throughout. I chose a cocktail that’s not on the website’s menu, so I can’t remember what was in it. But I do remember I liked it.

The Civic Duty Cocktail at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore | southjerseylocavore.com

Susan chose the Civic Duty cocktail: VT organic vodka, nectarine syrup, verjus, honey, rosemary, DLC Celebration and salt, served in a copper mug

Shenandoah Lamb Sausage at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore | southjerseylocavore.com

Susan went all savory with the Shenandoah Lamb Sausage, Egg in the hole, Sea Island red peas, sauerkraut, and scallion.

The Banh Mi brunch sandwich at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore | southjerseylocavore.com

I tried the Banh Mi sandwich. I’ve heard Lynn Rosetto Casper from The Splendid Table rave about these Vietnamese street sandwiches that are made on a baguette. They usually have an element of savory, sweet and sour in them. This sandwich consisted of scrapple and sausage, crunchy fermented vegetables, and a sweet sauce. I loved it. Absolutely loved it.

Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore Grower's List | southjerseylocavore.com

This is a list of the growers, cheesemakers, and sustainable seafood providers that Woodberry Kitchen uses. Look how long that is!

Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore | southjerseylocavore.com

Our view from our second floor table. Rustic.

I would go back to Woodberry Kitchen any time. Next time, I’ll go more hungry and aim for dinner

One last photo. Selfie time after brunch on the waterfront in Fells Point in Baltimore. We drove there to do walk around a bit and check out the shops.

One last photo. Selfie time after brunch on the waterfront in Fells Point in Baltimore. We drove there to do walk around a bit and check out the shops.

 

If you go: Woodberry Kitchen is located at 2010 Clipper Park Road, No. 126, Baltimore, MD 21211. 410-464-8000. Reservations are recommended and can be made easily through Open Table.

 

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