Positioned in an alley in Loring Park, surrounded by brick, and shade and metal, you can find The Third Bird. Just the brief adventure in a few hundred feet to get to this place makes you feel like you’re walking the ruelles of Paris.
This place may be whimsical and playful with their bird puns on the menu and in-house but they are also extremely earnest about the food and where it comes from as well as the techniques on how to put fresh ingredients to the plate.
While foodies, we’re no chefs, and to us, The Bird just goes for it in some of their dishes, with spectacular results. Take their Sunflower Seed ‘Risotto’ for instance or their Roasted Beef Fat Potatoes with porcini cream, horseradish and dill. It’s not like these dishes couldn’t be conceived or executed elsewhere, but no one else does these particular ambitious dishes the way they do here.
Our favorite time to come to The Third Bird is for brunch. The choices on the brunch menu are quite different than the traditional, although they have that too, and are worth exploring. Ever had kimchi fried rice with pork belly and a poached egg at 11 a.m.? Probably not. How about ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and blackberries. I doubt it.
But you will soon, undoubtedly, because you’ll be here. Your body has already convinced your brain you’re going. So when you’re stumbling in an unrecognizable alley next week, it’s because you were meant to end up at The Bird.