Birchwood Kitchen Chicago

Upon entering Birchwood Kitchen I felt as if I’d stepped into the home of a professional baker. We were immediately greeted by the manager and shown to a cozy table near the window where we had a good view of the restaurant’s woodsy setting. I loved the open kitchen and the fact that you can see all the fresh baked bread and pastries no matter where in the restaurant you are seated.

My friend Sarah and I started off the evening with the spice roasted squash with chickpea and wheatberry salad, toasted hazelnuts, pecorino, with warm brown butter vinaigrette. I absolutely loved the nuttiness and warmth of this salad, a nice reflection of the restaurant itself! The saltiness of the cheese and the peppery bite of the arugula made for a very nice dish.

Spiced Roasted Squash-1Photo Courtesy of Birchwood Kitchen

As the weather has gotten warmer over the past few weeks I’ve been craving more fresh fruits and vegetables and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to pass up the avocado citrus sandwich. I’ve recently become a bit obsessed with avocadoes and never miss a chance to order a dish that incorporates them. This sandwich had a combination of avocado, red onion, citrus relish, cashew crema and cilantro on toasted sourdough bread. The bread was toasted just enough where it didn’t scrape the top of your mouth and I loved the unique combination of the cashew crema and the bright pop of the red onion on this sandwich. This is something I’ll consider making at home!

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Sarah ordered the pot roast sandwich with red wine braised pot roast, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese spread on baguette. During our visit they were out of baguettes for the evening, so she happened across a gluten miracle as the substitute was a soft and squishy brioche bun that did an amazing job of soaking up the juices! I even suggested to the waitress that they switch out the brioche for the baguette permanently because it was so good! The pot roast itself was fall apart tender and the sharp cheddar cheese spread and gooey caramelized onions were the perfect accompaniments to the dish.

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We closed out the evening with a slice of chocolate chip banana bread and a shareable chocolate chip cookie. Both were the perfect sweet ending to a tasty café meal. Birchwood also has a patio out back that is open during warmer months and I hear that they do an amazing brunch as well. I will certainly be back to try their arborio rice porridge with coconut milk, strawberries and basil and of course their avocado toast!

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