I've raved about Woodberry Kitchen on Grubarazzi before. With its eclectic eco-urban charm and great locavore food, it's one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. But I always make reservations weeks in advance to ensure a seat at an okay table with an above average view. That is, until I grabbed a seat at the bar on a whim with friends early one Saturday evening.
Call it luck. Call it perfect timing. We found three empty seats in a totally packed restaurant with a perfect view of the lively kitchen. WK is an entirely different experience sitting bar side, with handsome bartenders dressed up as hip urban farmers slinging perfectly measured and chilled cocktails in front of your eyes. It was magical watching them create one $12 cocktail after another with precision, grace, and the occasional taste test to ensure accuracy.
We went for one cocktail but stayed for three while we nibbled on One Straw Farm popcorn, deviled eggs,fancy roasted sprouts on toast, and gorgeous roasted beet flatbread. After we finally peeled ourselves away from our perfect little spot, we made our way to the fire pit outside. It was a beautiful but chilly night. The savvy waiter in charge of the hangers-on outside gave us a blanket to share, and coaxed us in to one more hot toddy by the fire. This was not hard to do since we weren't quite ready to say goodbye. Sure, we spent a small fortune for a few hours of luxurious imbibing, but Woodberry Kitchen is often worth its weight in gold.
|Deviled Eggs, Sprout Bruschetta, Gov't Mule, and Roasted Beet Flatbread at WK|