Blokes & Birds

June 09 2011 - 7:51 PM

Is it a club, a speakeasy, or a hat shop? I wasn’t too sure when this restaurant was under construction last year. Looking seemingly out-of-place in the casual block of Clark street, I was intrigued for the opening.

While I was far off from attending opening night, I heard a strong buzz around this new Lakeview restaurant.

Offering their spin on English pub fare, I was thrilled to experience Blokes & Birds for myself.

I finally made my way over and was pleasantly impressed with their dinner menu, beer list, and craft cocktail selection.

They have unique beers on tap including Lagunita’s Maximus. They also have four Three Floyd’s beers including Robert the Bruce and Pride and Joy.

Their cocktail menu includes mixologist inspired drinks including The Tempest made with Bullet Rye whiskey, Campari, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters. This was delicious and complimented my meal perfectly.

We started out with the mussels vindaloo, which were served in a spicy Indian curry  sauce. The sauce was excellent and truly unique. We also ordered the Devils on Horseback off of the specials menu. These bacon wrapped dates were unlike anything you would expect. The saltiness of the bacon tamed down the sweetness of the dates. They were served with a piqulillo, pepper, and mango chutney for dipping. This dish was succulent but not over the top.

The appetizer’s came out with lightening speed, which speaks volumes of their wait staff. Our server was kind and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was comfortable yet, classy.

For our entrées we ordered the Bloke’s burger and the B&B’s BLT. The burger came with 4-year aged cheddar, Drambuie onions, and a malt vinegar aioli. The burger was juicy and full of natural flavors.

On the side, we had the Rumple Thumps, which were mashed potatoes mixed with kale. A genius combination.

The BLT was different from any I’ve ordered before. Made with Compart (the farm) bacon, deviled ham, lettuce and tomato. I ordered a side of truffle chips (french fries with truffle oil). These taste just like you would expect.

Our waitress offered us Maker’s infused shots to finish the meal, which were infused with vanilla and cinnamon. These were a nice alternative to a rich dessert.

Overall, the meal was great. Everything tasted wonderful and the atmosphere at Blokes & Birds is refreshing. The restaurant is spacious yet cozy. This is a refreshing addition to the neighborhood.

Blokes & Birds is changing their menu over to their Summer selection soon.

Located at 3343 North Clark Street. Phone: (773) 472-5252

–Ashley Streichert