Burchfield's at the Double Tree Hotel
215 Illinois Ave.
Every now and then The Grub Spouse and I are open to trying out restaurants located in area accommodations. The latest such venture took us to Burchfield’s, inside the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge.
The dining section is pleasantly appointed, although it does fit the standard hotel-eatery mold in terms of layout and decor. However, there is a nice atrium section facing the front of the building, which is where our hostess placed us.
Our server actually turned out to be the hotel’s assistant food and beverage manager, and he dealt with us in a laid-back but genial and gracious manner, mentioning the day’s specials and taking our drink orders off the bat.
We took that opportunity to consider an appetizer. Burchfield’s colorful lineup includes black and blue flatbread and fried green tomatoes, but we placed an order for what struck as the most distinctive of the lot, the smoked chicken and Andouille spring rolls.
We also decided to sidestep the sandwich menu altogether, although for the record, you’ll find grilled chicken caprese, a fried shrimp Po’ Boy, the Bar-B-Cuban and a fried green tomato BLT.
The Spouse and I took both our entree selections from Burchfield’s specialties. Also-rans included Maryland crab cakes, blackened catfish, shrimp and grits, and a Jack Daniels rib-eye.
Based on our server’s recommendation, however, The Spouse ordered the Southern-style chicken and waffles. I found it hard to resist the description of the Cajun pasta, with its spicy mix of shrimp and Andouille sausage.
Of course, the spring rolls arrived first, and the serving of six rolls got us off to a good start with savory (although deep-fried) goodness. We limited ourselves to one roll each, in order to save room for what we anticipated would be a substantial meal.
We were not incorrect. The Spouse’s plate showcased a hearty portion of fried chicken and a large Belgian waffle, already topped in syrup. The chicken benefitted from crispy skin and juicy, tender white meat on the inside. The waffle was a crispy-chewy complement of sweetness for the palate.
My bowl of pasta was an immense portion, featuring plenty of noodles, yes, but also a generous presence of plump shrimp and slices of sausage. Both protein additions were enjoyable, but the sausage had a particularly flavorful kick. Also, the serving size was large enough to stretch into two more entire sittings at home.
For dessert, we forewent the regular Key lime pie and cheesecake offerings to take advantage of a daily dessert special — a crepe stuffed with cheesecake and vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate topping. It was decadently delish, and although sharing one serving was adequate, we both wished there had been more to go around.
The quality of service we received was very good, although one would certainly hope that’s the case when being waited on by the F&B manager. But the food came through as well, and even for a hotel property, I thought the $40 price tag for our three-course meal was more than reasonable.
So even if you don’t have immediate overnight plans for Oak Ridge in the near future, at least consider making a dinner stop on your next trip through.
Burchfield’s at the Double Tree Hotel
Food: 4 stars (out of five)
Address: 215 Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge
Hours: 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Sundays
Full bar service
Bottom Line: Upscale Southern comfort treats abound at this Oak Ridge in-hotel eatery.
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