Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Three Birds Tavern Delighted All!

Michele Northrup from Intensity Academy Gourmet and Hot Sauce Company created a new sauce for their line and needed some taste testers. Three Birds Tavern uses the "Carrot Karma" as the table hot sauce, so the girls decided to meet there for lunch.

Three Birds Tavern is nestled in the midst of magnificent oak trees. Even though it is located on a busy street, you are taken away to another land and oblivious to any outside noise.
 (I am using this photo by Mac Perry as it is better than any of the ones that I tried to take!)

There is a substantial amount of outside dining and the north patio is pet-friendly. The north patio is currently covered with a tent, so it is shaded and protected from the rain.

Lunch started with a couple appetizers. The hummus of the day (served with grilled ciabatta bread) was spinach and feta. ($7)
We also ordered the Roasted Shishito Peppers and were just as the menu described: delicately sweet, usually mild, roasted and tossed with sea salt, served with a citrus pesto ($6)

House cut French fries are a necessary accompaniment to any appetizer selection, so we got those too!

Yes, even after all of that food, we still ordered more ~ the best is yet to come!  I was indecisive and went completely out of the ordinary and ordered the Banh-Mi Style Wagu Hot Dog ($10).  This is a grilled kobe-style all-beef hot dog, carrot, diakon, cucumber, shishito peppers, Sriracha aioli on a fresh French baguette.     
Banh-Mi Style Wagu Hot Dog

Sandwiches include your choice of either Three Birds frites, side salad or vegetable of the day.  Once I saw this item served, I was extremely envious that I hadn't seen it on the menu. The chipotle breaded chicken & waffle looked fantastic. ($13)
A malted Belgian waffle, cinnamon bourbon butter, maple syrup, deep-fried, chipotle "smoked chili pepper" breaded chicken breast and fresh cut fries.

The Three Birds spinach was simply amazing and I was so entranced by it, that I forgot to take a picture of the burger that was served with it! 

The “Old Faithful” Burger is a half pound of ground sirloin, mixed greens, tomato & onion on a grilled Kaiser roll. ($8)

And last, but not least is the Pork Belly & Blue Cheese Burger a half pound of ground sirloin cooked to order, topped with crispy pork belly, blue cheese, mixed greens & tomato on a fresh Kaiser roll. ($10) For an additional $2, you get the sweet potato fries!

Three Birds Tavern is located at 1492 - Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg. Present your Localshops1 card and get a free glass of house wine or bottle of domestic beer with purchase of any entree or sandwich.
Three Birds Tavern is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and a late night menu. Happy Hour from 3 until 7 pm Monday through Friday.
Questions, give them a call 727-895-2049.  Tell them Tampa Bay Afternoon Delight sent you!