Golden, Brown and Delicious - fried chicken and doughnuts. I might give myself a heart attack, but sure, let's try it out. From the owners of Birch & Barley, this casual restaurant located in Dupont Circle focuses on a simple, Southern-inspired menu with a trendy, "cafeteria-type vibe" dining area.
I visited GBD for lunch and sampled their Drum & Thigh Lunchbox with a side of the Kohlrabi cole slaw and the Mumbo dipping sauce.
The chicken itself was good, crunchy and buttery like fried chicken should be. The Mumbo dipping sauce was a nice accompaniment with the chicken, tangy and rich with a bit of heat to it. Better than a standard BBQ sauce and it didn't overpower the chicken. The creme fraiche biscuit did not disappoint. Doughy and delicious, with a light salty finish, it was excellent.
I was disappointed with the Kohlrabi cole slaw, nothing really inventive and tasted like it sat in the vinegar sauce too long. It needs a fun addition to bring out the flavor (maybe another ingredient to give it some texture?). This was sort of just BLAH.
I was smart enough to save room for dessert and ordered the chocolate pudding doughnut. Sweet, rich and chocolately (and topped with chocolate rice krispies!), this dense doughnut was a tasty treat.
Overall, GBD is a good, solid fried chicken and doughnut joint... and probably highly addictive after a night out at the bars at 2am.