Scout Notes: What you won't find at Liberty Tree is any gimmick. What you will find is phenomenal...What you won't find at Liberty Tree is any gimmick. What you will find is phenomenal food in a low-key, comfortable environment. It's the kind of place you can come to once and already feel like you're at home...but with a way better Mac & Cheese. For one, there's lobster in it. For another, which probably goes without saying, unlike in our apartments, nothing at Liberty Tree comes in a box. "We put fine dining principles into very approachable dishes," said chef and founding partner Graig Gluffling about his and his business partner Scott Hamilton's philosophy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the dish, Pigs in a Blanket, a current crowd favorite. Forget the canned cocktail weenies. Here they wrap a Portugese sausage called linguica in puff pastry and bake it till golden.
Although not limited to the ingredients of New England (as evidenced by the large and delicious selection of brick oven pizzas on the menu), you'll find a lot of northeast influence at Liberty Tree, all viewable via the open kitchen. "We purposefully decided to keep it open because we want to encourage conversation and dialogue," said Guffling. "We like hearing feedback." Well then, here's some food for thought about food for your stomach: we're pretty sure we're in love with a sandwich, the lobster roll, to be exact. We also loved the full-bellied clams. "People go crazy for them in New England," said Guffling. And for good reason. The ones we tried melted in our mouths quicker than M&M's. Wash it all down with a DC Brau on tap and voila! DC just got a lot more awesome.
Northeast Lobster Roll, $17
Lobster Mac & Cheese, $16
Brick Oven Pizzas, $8-$12
Roasted Haddock, $18
DC Brau, $7
Craft Cocktails, $8-$9
Monday - Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch); 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dinner)
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch); 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. (dinner)