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What else should I get at Churchkey?

Steve Jul 19, 2010 07:30 AM

Between shows at the Capital Fringe Festival yesterday afternoon, I popped into Churchkey on 14th St., NW for a snack. The shrimp corn dogs were dazzling: a batter studded with perfectly cooked pieces of chopped shrimp and corn. The shrimp was pearly and tender and the batter creamy good.

I'm wondering if anyone can make suggestions on what else to order......

  1. woodleyparkhound Jul 19, 2010 08:12 AM

    I loved the beer there, but was disappointed in all the food items we ordered: poutine, tater tots and adobo brisket. I wish we'd ordered the shrimp corn dogs!

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound
      Steve Jul 19, 2010 08:26 AM

      I am no longer tempted by tater tots - I personally declare them the worst food trend of the decade and don't like the highly recommended oxtail version at PS 7 or whatever that stuff is at Ray's Hell Burger.

      But I did think about the adobo brisket and the poutine, so now I know to avoid those. Thanks!

      1. re: Steve
        reiflame Jul 19, 2010 09:34 AM

        Worse than cupcakes????

        I've only eaten at Birch and Barley but definitely wash it all down with the Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewery. B&B/Churchkey is one of the few places that has it on tap in DC.

        Birch and Barley
        1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        1. re: reiflame
          Steve Jul 19, 2010 10:58 AM

          Make a trip to Bakeshop in Arlington, and you'll change your mind about cupcakes.

          The guy at Churchkey said I'd have to wait 9 months for their allotment of Founder's Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast. Same wait for the bottles they are ageing.

          1. re: Steve
            reiflame Jul 19, 2010 11:57 AM

            Don't get me wrong, I love cupcakes - most of the rest of the board seems to hate them though. I'm also not the most discriminate dessert eater; if it's sweet I'll probably like it.

            Also, I did have their fig flatbread at B&B and I thought the figs were overpowering. The bread had a nice texture though; maybe one of their others will be better balanced.

    2. woodleyparkhound Jul 19, 2010 10:39 AM

      FYI... there is a Belgian Independence Day celebration at Churchkey tonight, starting at 6:00 p.m.

      1. k
        kelly5612 Jul 19, 2010 11:54 AM

        I liked the arrancini, but, sadly, not much else. At least they stopped calling poutine "disco fries."

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        1. re: kelly5612
          Steve Jul 19, 2010 12:41 PM

          Ok, the arancini will be next for me.

          What didn't you like? Knowing what to avoid could be just as valuable as knowing about the good stuff.

        2. s
          SouthShore Jul 21, 2010 02:03 PM

          I went to churchkey a few weeks ago with a group, so together we ordered a good slice of the menu: arrancini (pear, prosciutto & fontina risotto balls), mac & cheese sticks, poutine (cheese & gravy fries), grilled cheese, adobo brisket (sandwich), and the fig & prosciutto flatbread.

          the favorites were the house fries, grilled cheese, and the flatbread --- especially the flatbread, and it's quite large, to boot. everything else was underwhelming. we were surprised that the arrancini didn't wow us, but i guess some things just sound better on paper.

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