Restaurant Review: The Birch - Terrace Park

The Birch opened in Terrace Park maybe a year ago and I kept meaning to go - it's a really cute place and they have a big outdoor patio and a cool look. But I felt like it was a place for "ladies who lunch" - and I checked out the menu and there wasn't much my husband would like...so I went with a friend! 

It's in the heart of Terrace Park - across from what used to be a Subway but is now going to be a BBQ place and the UDF. It's the only thing going in terms of a real restaurant in TP - but you've got Mariemont right next to it - so there's plenty of options nearby. 



The outside is where it's at - the patio is fantastic and you can play bocce ball and lounge - it's very well covered by trees so even on a super sunny day - you're not blazing in the heat. They have a good drink menu - my girl Kelly got one of their local brews on tap.

We started out with the Roasted Olives on the "shared plates" menu ($7). This was unique and disappointing. The portion is GINORMOUS - I mean - there was enough olives there for 12 people - and I like olives! They all have pits - which is not very lady-like (haha me talking about lady-like behavior - kinda funny) to spit out at the table. They're served warm. And IT'S LITERALLY JUST OLIVES. No bread, no nothing. Just a bowl of hot olives with pits.

Kelly is vegetarian now and there were plenty of options for her - she ordered a couple of items. First up were the Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($6). She said they were fine - I tried a bite and they were a bit raw for me.

She also ordered the Southwest Quinoa Bowl ($12) - she liked it but it seemed small for $12. It came with tomato salsa, black beans, corn, cilantro, lime crema and an avocado puree. I'm not a fan of quinoa - that weird popping texture freaks me out.

I ordered the Birch Burger ($13) and added on the sauteed fingerling potatoes ($3). The burger is a 1/2 pound black angus (grass-fed probably), tilamook cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickle, birch sauce and a brioche bun. The potatoes had a hot bacon mustard vinaigrette, salumi and a gremolata.

The burger was fine...it wasn't juicy or very beefy tasting (thus the guess on grass-fed). The potatoes were in need of seasoning - it was all just kinda bland.

Why Should You Go? It's not that it was bad - it was just meh - and I think the price tag made it more meh. $16 for mine PLUS a few bucks for a soda plus a tip - it was a $25 dinner for one person and I just think it was worth it. Great atmosphere outside though - it's a beautiful setting. If you're looking for a place to have a few drinks and share a starter (other than a giant bowl of hot olives) - I think you'll enjoy it.

The Birch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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  1. Have you tried Cozy's Cottage? That's a nice "ladies who lunch" place.

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    1. Yes! http://www.thefoodhussy.com/2015/09/restaurant-review-cozys-cottage-west.html

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