Art and I have started a Thursday night “date night” tradition as it is the one night that we are both not scheduled to be working, in class, or couching basketball teams. Usually we cook dinner, take a walk, and watch a movie. This weekend marks our one year anniversary so we decided to make date night a bit more special and go out to eat. Restaurant meals have been few and far between since we are both on a budget so I was quite excited about our little outing.
I’ve written about trying to eat locally produced food in the past and Art has been very cool about supporting this desire. When he suggested the Birchwood Cafe, I was more than willing to make it our date night destination. Despite the fact that the Birchwood has been using local, real food before it was trendy to do so, I have not eaten there and have heard good things from those who have. The place was packed at 6pm on a Thursday so we must not have been the only ones who had heard the good buzz.
I ordered the Black Bean and Quinoa Burger. It was huge and super yummy! It came topped with apple slices, grilled onion, blue cheese walnut spread and a red beet aioli. All pleasant flavors. The bun was fantastic and seedy. Definitely something I would order again.
Art got the Turkey and Parsnip Stew. We arranged a trade, I gave him my bottom bun and bite of burger for a bite of the stew. It was also very tasty! The sweet potato puree and apple chutney on top were the highlights for me.
After sharing a piece of unphotographed carrot cake, sipping on some decaf Peace Coffee (with lots of calcium rich cream!), and savoring the diverse crowd, we agreed that the Birchwood Cafe would be worth visiting again. The menu changes weekly based on what is fresh so we would have a whole new array of yummy chow to choose from. YAY!