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Red Bird - Waltham gets something special!!

Science Chick | Aug 22, 201407:05 PM     33

Shopping on Moody Street in the afternoon, I noticed the new Red Bird restaurant...so we ventured out that evening to check it out. We were not disappointed. A lovely renovation of the former Tuscan Grille space, with muted colors, wood and retro B/W analog audio artwork. 11 tables plus a few more in the bar area and a small semi-open kitchen. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu and was prompt/efficient and responsive.

We sampled all three salads: arugula/pine nuts/hearts of palm, a chopped with excellent blue cheese, and an heirloom tomato/pesto. All were beautifully executed, ingredients very fresh with wonderful flavor profiles. We shared the artisanal cheese plate (came with house-preparted apricot/black pepper and fig/cherry preserves..both outstanding) and also the fried clam strips. Now I am a whole belly girl through and through...but let me tell you that these strips were one of the best things I've eaten in a while. Soaked in buttermilk and perfectly fried with an extra crunchy coating, alongside fried lemon slices and flash-fried parsley. Served with a cilantro aioli...the whole dish was to die for! We also had a side of succotash that was good, but really seemed more like a redux ratatouille to me with a few token beans thrown in. Not what I was expecting, but tasty. Although we are not meat eaters, we saw several nice grass-fed steaks coming out, and Sticky Pork Ribs, which other diners seemed to be enjoying considerably.

For dessert, we shared a sorbet trio served on a lime granita bed, and a chocolate ganache on a bed of raspberry paste, with cardamon meringues and graham cracker ice cream. All great..not too sweet with distinct flavors. George Howell coffees (french press) and a killer loose chamomile tea were also winners.

Wine selection was decent and I enjoyed a Pinot Project central Coast pinot. My husband did not like an Oregon pinot at all, but the server immediate saw his distaste and graciously offered to replace with something else. His Seven Falls Cab was much better.

All in all, an excellent dining experience and we will be back...looking forward to seeing what they do with fall/winter flavors! The place was only about 1/2 full on a Friday night, so I'm hoping other Hounds will check it out and help them succeed.

George Howell Coffee
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