Course 1: Beets, aged cheddar, pickled fennel, cider vinaigrette
Woodberry recently opened a coffee shop across the Falls river from its main restaurant complex in an old refurbished mill. For reasons I can't entirely explain, I've made the repeated mistake of mentally switching the name from "Artifact" to "Vintage"-- an unappealing adjective for coffee at that. I chalk it up to a slight hereditary predisposition for dyslexia. My brain automatically flips the prominent sign in front of the coffee shop (a large blue "A") into it's visual inverse, a "V", that I then struggle to identify with a comprehensible word: Vintage. It's not vintage. It's Artifact. And the shit is GOOOOOD. From Wednesday to Sunday after 5 PM, Artifact opens to accommodate diners for a select prix fixe: 3-4 courses for only $25! Every week the menu changes to indulge the seasonal bounty of the Chesapeake watershed. So far, the kitchen has alternated between vegetable-heavy and meat-ortiented themes. I now make it a religious obligation to save my precious porn pennies and go every Wednesday. If you find yourself in Baltimore, I highly recommend a visit.
The food is so good, I've struggled to take pics to share with you. Of this week four courses for instance, I failed to take a pic of the second course entirely before I gulped the whole thing down-- creamy carrot soup with house quark and chives. I only remembered to snap a pic of the main entrée-- vegetable Pot au Feu with oat dumplings, root vegetables and a delicious red onion broth-- after I'd eaten more than half of it. And the desert. . . one word: Jesus.
Main course: what's left of my Pot au Feu
Highlights from the last several weeks (when I could remember to take a pic, yet failed to remember what I was eating):
One thing I definitely remember: rockfish tar-tar with cilantro jam (in jar). Incredible.
Yankee Pot Roast