Since opening in Erie in June, Birdhouse has soared as a taco, ramen, rum and tiki drinks paradise. “It’s weird but good, and our customers love the eclectic mix,” said Tony Firestine, Birdhouse associate director. “We are lucky to have a wide range of outdoor seating – both an outdoor and rooftop patio,” he said. “Our dining room and bar are also wide open with garage doors that let in plenty of fresh air.” For those stopping by, enjoy the daily happy hour, and customers dining in or carrying out will relish Tartare to start a meal. “Made with a daily rotating selection of fresh fish with avocado, cucumber and a Szechuan peppercorn vinaigrette,” Birdhouse’s Tartare is topped with a puffed sesame rice cracker. Another savory choice is the Tonkotsu, “one of our most popular styles of ramen with roasted pork and crispy onion finished with a little of our Birdhouse chili sauce,” Firestine explained. 526 Briggs St., Erie, 303.997.9630, eatatbirhouse.com.
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