Where to Drink: Woodberry Kitchen
In the 10 months we’ve lived in D.C. the number of times we’ve traveled 35 miles North to Baltimore for a reason other than going to BWI is…ZERO. We seemed to quickly learn that the traffic to Baltimore is frequently bad and learned to only associate the journey up I95 with a sleepy-frantic filled rushing to make it to the $8 longterm parking lot in time to still make our flight; not a feeling we like to induce just for the fun of it.
As it turns Baltimore has some lovely spots, and we finally made it to one this summer. We met a longtime friend for brunch on a h.o.t summer day. We pulled up to Woodberry Kitchen and immediately fell in love. Was it the rows of jarred jam or the brick condo complex with padded chaise lounge chairs circling a pool across the street? I don’t know, but literally everything about this restaurant was adorable.
The service was impeccable. Our food was delicious. And we were seated right next to their craft espresso station, and so inhaled the sweet scent of hand-pulled cappuccinos all morning long. Dining here put us in a lazy, happy daze for the rest of the weekend.
What We Ordered
- Kitchen Blood Mary: VT organic vodka, WK bloody mix, quickled vegetables
- Match Point: Belmont Farms vodka, Keepwell lemon vinegar, MD honey, WK strawberry rhubarb jam, sage, fresh strawberries, mint
What We Thought
The bloody was solid. It erred more on the bitter and spicy end of bloodys and less on the horseradish end. The ‘quickled’ vegetables in addition to a clearly adorable name were also a unique and fun little touch.
But let’s turn our attention to the showstopper of the morning, which is the Match Point cocktail. It had some of their homemade strawberry jam (see, I knew I spotted gold just by walking into the restaurant), which–I can only gather based on this drink–is delicious. It was so fresh and so light with a hint of sweetness from the strawberry jam. But I’ve added fresh strawberries and freshly-picked mint and our cocktail did not taste like this. We therefore give all accolades to the lemon vinegar, creating that beautiful shrub-like depth and making all of the flavors pop! If it wasn’t 11am and we didn’t have to at some point drive back to D.C. we would have drank this by the pitcher.
So should you go?
Yes, obviously yes. And while you’re at it you might just want to move in across the street, where you could live in a 2BEDROOM, with 2 parking spots, AND a pool for…$1900! For those of you in D.C. or Boston or NYC or San Fran that is a steal!
Match Point Cocktail Recipe by Woodberry Kitchen
- 1 oz Strawberry jam
- 1 strawberry, diced
- 4 mint leaves
- 1/2 oz lemon vinegar
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1.5 oz vodka
- Combine jam, vinegar, and vodka into a mixing glass. Shake vigorously until well combined.
- Add bitters and ice. Shake 10-20 seconds.
- Strain into ice-filled low ball glass. Add strawberry and mint.