No Boys Allowed!

13 07 2011

A few months ago, Chloe talked about Woman Night, aka a night spent away from the boyfriend to just chill out and have some female-only fun. Well, last night I got together with several of my girlfriends-sans significant others- for dinner and drinks at Churchkey.

Anna, Sarah, Susan, and Caroline. (We missed you Ann!)

I had recently seen Sarah and Susan at the Turkey Roast but I hadn’t seen Anna or Caroline since Caroline’s wedding back in June! So, we got together to catch up and gab about everything under the sun. 🙂 I love these ladies!

Churchkey is located off of Logan Circle, right above Birch and Barley, their sister restaurant. Both are known for their extensive selection of beer, and I’ve heard Birch and Barley has a phenomenal pastry chef too.

We started off with some appetizers of baked potato croquettes and tater tots!

Anyone else ALWAYS think of Napoleon Dynamite when tots are mentioned? 😉 These were certainly homemade, and very tasty. They were creamy on the inside, and not overly greasy.

I didn’t snap a photo of the croquettes because they disappeared too fast!

Of course there was beer too.

I ordered the AYINGER BRÄU WEISSE, a German Hefeweizen. It was pretty good, but I was a little disappointed because it wasn’t served really cold. Sarah commented that her beer wasn’t super cold either. 😦

For the main meal, several of us ordered salads and split some flatbreads. I got a Caesar salad:

I don’t often order Caesar salad when I’m out, because restaurants usually have other fun salads that I want to try, but tonight I was in the mood for a good Caesar salad with crusty croutons and fresh parmesean cheese. This salad satisfied my craving, but it didn’t blow me away.

The best part of the meal was the flatbread. We ordered 2 different kinds: the BBQ Pork Flatbread and the Fig and Proscuitto Flatbread.

The BBQ Pork Flatbread was yummy! It was topped with pickled beets and apple (I think) slaw.

Pardon the lighting; it was dark in there! The flatbread didn’t have a lot of  pork on it, but I really like the slaw and beets. Definitely an interesting combo that I’d never had on a flatbread before!

We also ordered the Fig and Prosciutto flatbread. This one was hands down my favorite. With caramelized onions and gorgonzola cheese, this was the perfect blend of sweet, salty and creamy.

Yum!

Overall, it was a great night! The food was pretty good; I’d certainly order the fig flatbread again, but I’d like to go back and try out some of the other menu items. I also want a really cold beer, not a sort of cold beer.

Oh, and dessert. Yes, the bittersweet chocolate cheesecake on the Birch and Barley menu will be in my belly next time too.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite beer?