After an eventful morning full of childcare (we’re church volunteers, bless our hearts), we were starving for a good breakfast. We made the quick drive to The Third Bird, desperate for a fulfilling meal. But, unfortunately, we were only partially fulfilled.
The Overall Experience
The Third Bird was decent, but not decent enough to rave about. We went, we ate, we got sort of full, and we left. We had fun, but it wasn’t anything special. The place was cool, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s a place you can go if you want, but it’d never be my first suggestion for you.
The Venue and Service
This classy little venue has great seating and features a small upstairs indoor balcony that overlooks the main dining area. We were seated smack dab in the middle of the space with (surprisingly) few other diners. But our service was fast, cheery, and accommodating. Our waitress was incredibly skilled at coffee refills, even complimenting the speed at which I drank. If something were to make up for the mediocre everything else, the waitress would have been it.
The Food and Coffee
The brunch menu is a pretty small one. There’s a decent variety, but not a ton of options for specific tastes. I had the Classic Breakfast ($9) with scrambled eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns. The sausage was surprisingly the best part – it was juicy and well-spiced without being spicy. But the hashbrowns were a curious mix of crisp chunks and stringy undercooked strips and my eggs were a bit more moist than I prefer. All in all, it was average at best.
My breakfast companion had the Grilled Pork Belly ($12), which came with poached eggs, ploye, smoked maple hollandaise, and a cheddar biscuit (the biscuit actually came from my meal, but I gave away that gluten wad). The pork belly, presented like a thick cut of bacon, had a perfect crisp-to-tender ratio and was entirely flavorful and juicy. However, the eggs were under-poached, with raw egg whites pouring out, and the hollandaise had a nice flavor but was barely potent enough to be noticed when eaten with the egg. Finally, the ploye (aka little pancakes), which weren’t really flavorful, served as a nice layer of texture, but nothing more.
Overall, The Third Bird was a bit underwhelming. The experience wasn’t a bad one, it was just a neutral one. And because we weren’t blown away, we left a little disappointed, wishing we didn’t have to wait another whole week for another crack at a great breakfast.
Coffee Quality: 7
Food Quality: 7
Quality of Service: 10
Menu Variety: 7
Overall Satisfaction: 7
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 8.0
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The Third Bird
1612 Harmon Place