Churchkey is the upstairs, scaled-down version of it's sister restaurant Birch and Barley. It's more of a pub/bar scene with simple, low-key food. The seating is first come, first serve at Churchkey so if you want to get a seat without waiting, I recommend you show up early as the place fills up quickly on a weekend. The layout is open and spacious with low lighting, deep, rich red walls, and large butcher tables next to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street. It definitely has a cool, hip vibe. Wear your trendy hat, you'll need it.
The beer menu at Churchkey is a book. Seriously, it's about 20 pages. 19 more than the food menu. And the draft menu is 2 pages. They even include on the beer menu what type of glass the beer is served in (e.g., tulip) and the temperature at which the beer is served. It can be a little overwhelming. So I focused on the draft menu. After much deliberation, I selected DC Brau's The Rider. It was hoppy with a little Belgian flavor, absolutely delicious.
To accompany our beer, we opted for a few appetizers from the menu -- the disco fries and the mac and cheese sticks.
|Meat and cheese on fries... oh my!|
|Mozzarella sticks, but with mac and cheese... interesting|
|More cheese please!|
Overall, the beer at Churchkey is fantastic - great seasonal selection and so many options to choose from. The food was good as well but, you can tell Churchkey spends more time on their beer menu than their food menu (there's only so many hours in the day!). I believe my man over at the Midnight Raver Blog (who joined us for dinner) summed it up best "This shit is goooooooo.....D, man!" He's so articulate....