Bites Nearby: Three Birds Restaurant

An alfresco dining sanctuary with a great new space for cocktails.

Three Birds Restaurant was established nearly a decade ago, but has recently taken on new ownership — , of fame, decided to try his hand at fine dining and it seems to suit him well. He has not gone into a well — established restaurant with designs to oust the old regime or reinvent anything, but maybe tend to areas that need growing – or cutting back…

Mickey did some heavy yard work this spring and cleared a large swath of unused space for outdoor cocktail tables — plus he added more dining tables, as well.

The Three Birds patio has been transformed into an unpretentious oasis, bookended by ivy-lined walls — with seats for forty in the lower tier for those seeking cocktails and appetizers, and about forty seats on the upper level, where the whole menu is available.  

The menu is well-designed with fresh and interesting ingredients — always balancing the factors that make a dish appealing with every bite: sweet versus salty or savory, acid complementing fat, smooth balancing crunchy… The plate designs are colorful and arty, but without excess.

The first time I went to Three Birds I noticed how likeable the menu selections were - finding it difficult to narrow down my choices and I continue to face the choice-conundrum with each new menu…

The appetizer menu (“To Begin”) features items like Maine Lobster Pizza, an Artisan Cheese Plate and Spicy Black Bean-Sweet Potato Spring Roll - prices range from $8-16. The second course (“To Follow”) has seven $7-8 soup and salad options - like Pickled Beet Salad, Chopped Caesar Salad and Asparagus-Potato Soup… Entrées - $19-29 – among the 10 options, has Panko-Crusted Pork Chop with Cranberry Hoisin Sauce, Roasted Duck Breast & Foie Gras with Spicy Ginger Sauce, Fire Oven Spring Pea-Mushroom-Goat Cheese Cannelloni.

Three Birds’ gate is open and inviting, whether you’re seeking an upscale dining experience or just some cocktails. The natural simplicity of having trees in the city creates an atmosphere of unprocessed quietude – the din of Detroit Avenue is just up the stairs, yet so far away... 

Three Birds Restaurant accepts credit cards and reservations; there is a parking lot in the rear (enter from Riverside or Graber Drives), as well as metered on-street parking.

18515 Detroit Avenue across from Dewey's Pizza and West End Tavern - and it's right around the corner from Around the Corner, of course.


Monday-Saturday at 5PM


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