- Dress code: Casual dressy
- Full bar
- Reservations suggested (weekends)
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Birch & Barley Restaurant Review: This pub-plus-eatery features a dynamic husband-wife cooking team downstairs and a brewpub, Churchkey, upstairs, one for which people wait in line for hours to access. The obvious draw, of course, is the food-brew combo. What you eat downstairs can be paired with any number of imported and domestic brews --- the smoky ones are terrific --- but if you are simply a dedicated foodie, focus on the main menu. Whatever else you may select, include the crudo of scallops appetizer, but remember that the menu changes regularly so be willing to try anything new. Flatbreads, generous enough for an entrée but still an integral part of any meal, should include the port-glazed version topped with Gorgonzola. As for entrées, any one of them will please, but for burger fans, the brat burger (a deconstructed bratwurst in hamburger form) delights even the most jaded palate. Dessert must: the chocolate peanut butter tart. Fried chicken and waffles with buttered pecans and maple-chicken jus is the big draw at brunch.