According to the guest caller rules of Talk Radio, one is an expert on a subject, regardless of the level of expertise or experience, simply by calling in. By corollary, since I have no children of my own, I am an expert in rearing children. Or, as a friend once said
I was an expert in raising children until I had my own
As such, I found the following menu entry from the bird agreeable:
will be served medium-rare unless specified. No, really, your children are absolutely welcome here. Over the years we have been blasted for not catering to children. No children’s menu. No high-chairs, etc. Allow us an explanation. We consider our establishment to be a bar, a bar with food, but not a family restaurant. From day one we envisioned a place where adults can go to get loose and have a good time. This is the environment that we try to foster. If you are comfortable bringing your children here, then by all means do so. Just don’t slam us because you want the bird to be chuck e. cheese.
So with no real kid’s menu, if your kid doesn’t want a burger or your brat don’t want a brat, we are happy to make a grilled cheese, or even a mini-schnitzel, if we are not too busy. We ask only that you mind your children. Kids screaming and running around uncontrolled are many things, appropriate not being one of them. First, it is dangerous for your child, there are drunk people with fragile glass staggering around, deck stairs to fall down, and swinging kitchen doors. Secondly, there are wait-staff having a hard enough time without kids underfoot. And lastly, it is simply not nice or fair for many customers that may not think your kid is as cute as you do. If parents could just try to be mindful of the following three little guidelines, everyone can have a great time at the bird.
- if you cannot see your child … you are messing up.
- if you cannot hear your child, but other people can … you are messing up.
- if you can’t see your child, but can hear him/her … you are really messing up.
A day earlier, we stopped at the bird for beer and a bite to eat before heading over to our warmshowers.org hosts for the evening. Grand Teton Brewing Company beers (Wander Wheels approved) were on tap. The Sweetgrass American Pale Ale, Lost Continent Double IPA, Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale were all winners. Rouge’s, another Wander Wheels approved brewery, Chocolate Stout was warm and inviting.
While the draught offerings were impressive, the kitchen really produced some tantalizingly tasty treats. The bar tender told us about the brats (the bird’s special recipe, prepared locally) that the butcher would be delivering later in the afternoon. As we were in no hurry, we decided to wait.
As an appetizer we ordered the ghetto burger (… da bare bones) and it was marvelous. All of the bird’s burgers are ground daily on site, and the sides are also made in house. This was not a SYSCO burger and fries by any means.
The butcher was late so the bartender drove to his shop to pick up the day’s order of brats (service was equal to the food). If there was ever a tube of meaty goodness worth waiting for, these were it. The brats were indescribably good. I imagine this is what the offspring of a pig and a unicorn, sheathed in a rainbow must taste like.