I love trying new restaurants. For months I’ve passed this new restaurant and just 2 weeks ago I finally popped in for brunch and I am so glad I did. My first visit was completely blind. I didn’t know the actual name of the restaurant so I had no idea what to expect. I walked in a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I was automatically impressed with the ambiance and cozy kitchen feel.
Located just outside of DC in the historic Mt. Rainier District, Bird Kitchen and Cocktails seeks to provide high quality, reasonably priced, freshly prepared food. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. I ordered the bird breakfast (two eggs, sausage, with potatoes and a biscuit) and also tried their veggie omelet with kale. I wasn’t expecting to blog about this so I didn’t snap any food pics. While I was eating I had to chance to chat it up with Chef as they call him (Leonard Robinson). He made me regret not trying their fried chicken. My mouth was watering as he was explaining how they prepare some of the dishes. He went on to tell me all about the dinner menu that varies by day which convinced me I needed to go back real soon! On top of that I missed out on one of their signature glazed donuts that everyone raves about.
This weekend one of my self-proclaimed foodie friends from Atlanta was in town. Before we headed into the city to do touristy things I wanted to pop in to try the donuts. To my disappointment they were sold out AGAIN! A little part of my greedy heart was crushed because I was looking forward to trying them. I peeped one of the owners Evan Cablayan in the kitchen and grabbed his attention. He remembered me from my first visit and offered me drinks as an apology. While we were chatting he let me in on a little secret that the restaurant would soon be featured on the new VH1 show Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party. I congratulated him in advance for achieving national recognition within the first year of opening. I imagine that type of press is a business owners dream. He admitted he was not prepared for such exposure so quickly. On top of that they’ve just been added to UberEats delivery app so business is picking up. [If you haven’t used UberEats what are you waiting for? Use my code naseyam for $10 off your first order. Thank me later]
I imagine in just a short time this low-key spot where you don’t have to worry about long wait times with above average service will quickly become a community favorite. As someone who rarely carries cash my only gripe was the cash preference. To be clear they accept credit and debit cards but prefer cash. They conveniently have an ATM on site as well. I’ll be supporting this new black owned establishment and I encourage anyone reading to do the same. First timers be sure to tell them I sent you!