Eating DC: The Bird

 

The Bird is a new (ish) restaurant in DC that opened in October of 2016 in the Shaw neighborhood.  Focused on poultry at large, The Bird, plays with the idea of stringing a single theme throughout their entire menu much like their sister restaurant, The Pig.
The restaurant itself is awesome.  It is neighborhoody and artsy- with colorful murals and loud pieces of artwork covering the walls.  It is bright, colorful and welcoming and would be a really cool space to rent out for a party.  There are two floors of seating, as well as a sidewalk patio, with a great bar (with seating) on the first floor.
The menu is not overwhelming and has a combination of favorites and experimental dishes including a lot of exotic poultry (emu!) and various types of eggs.
For my meal, I decided to stick with some of the classics, but I will absolutely be back to try some of the more exotic items.  We started off with an Egg Yolk Spaghetti made with sorrel pesto, cherry tomatoes, stracciatella cheese and nepitella as well as The Wings, which were triple fried Korean style with black sweet chili, garlic, and cilantro.  Both were stellar.  The pasta was creamy but not heavy and incredibly fresh tasting (thanks to the sorrel!).  The wings were crispy and just spicy enough.  There really is nothing better than Korean style wings and The Bird really knocked this one out of the park.

For our entree round, we had The Fried Chicken that was made with half of a free-range organic Amish chicken and came with baked beans, pickled serrano chilis, and a vinegar based coleslaw.  We also got the Potato Wedges that came with a creamy garlic aioli and crispy chicken chorizo bites.  The fried chicken was nothing short of out of this world.  The chicken was juicy and the crust was perfectly seasoned and crisp.  The beans and coleslaw were good too but were not show stoppers.  The potatoes were the perfect crispness and the aioli was a great sauce for both the potatoes and the fried chicken.

 

For dessert (which looked too good to pass up even though we were stuffed) we went for the Chocolate Ice Cream Cake which was a chocolate buttermilk cake, caramel mousse, chocolate gelato, and coffee crunch.  It was probably one of the best desserts I have had out in a while.  It was refreshing and chocolaty and not overwhelming at all.

Overall, the service was great, the location was killer, and the food was amazing!  I can’t wait to go back and try the Duck Meatballs, Quail Shrimp and Grits and Grilled Peri Peri Chicken!!

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