A friend and I stopped by the Pie Bird on Person Street in Raleigh yesterday afternoon for lunch. What a huge disappointment. First of all, we had to wait 45 minutes after ordering for our lunch to arrive. After a 25 mintues of waiting for our order we asked our waiter as to how much longer our food would take, we were informed the kitchen staff gets real upset the waiters inquire. We should have paid for our iced tea and left then. My friend instead ordered a slice of pie figuring it would be brough immediately, but that took another 15 minutes to be brough to her.
When the food arrived, I was quite shocked. Her pie looked more like an appetizer. She had ordered a bean pie and when the pie was delivered to her she was informed they were out of the bean pie and they had substitued it with another flavor pie. They never informed her of the switch until the food was placed in front of her. There were a few sliced beets to accompany her mini-pie which just tasted so-so.
The soup I ordered was over salted and cold by the time it was placed in front of me. I also ordered a salad which mostly consisted of a lot of chopped carrots a few whole small tomatoes, cucumbers (which I asked when ordered to not be added to the salad) a few bits of chopped lettuce and a very light sprinkling of blue cheese crubles all tossed in a vinaigrette dressing. It was unimaginative and a relatively tastelss creation. The coffee I ordered was allowed to brew too long and was bitter.
For an almost $20 lunch, this was one of the worst meals I've ordered anywhere. Don't waste your time at the Pie Bird. You can get better fare at a fast-food restaurant.