RESTAURANT REVIEW BLACKBIRD
by Cara Strickland photography by Rick Singer Photography
ATTENTION MANITO TAP HOUSE FANS: there’s a new little sister in town! Down the hill and across the river, in the historic Broadview Dairy building (former home to Bella Cova and Caterina Winery), you’ll find The Blackbird Tavern and Kitchen. Maybe you’ll head straight to the bar where there are 34 beers (and four wines) on electronic tap. Maybe you’ll take a seat at a squishy leather booth at a butcher block table. If it’s warm enough, you might want to sit on the patio under strings of Edison light bulbs. I began with a lunch visit. My guest and I started with a French press of custom roasted coffee (from Roast House) which came on a black cutting board accompanied by sugar, stevia, cream and a dish of shaved dark chocolate ($6). We ordered Malted Waffle Hush Puppies ($5) with cayenne maple syrup as an appetizer. The syrup added just the right amount
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of kick, but we found the hush puppies to be somewhat inconsistent. Some of them were light and fluffy on the inside, while others were very dense. The good ones were good, but I’m not sure I’d gamble on another order. The rest of the appetizer menu contains interesting combinations like Bacon Fat Popcorn ($5) with maple sugar and sea salt, Mac and Cheese with black truffle, fontina and bacon ($7) and Marinated Scallops with melon ice, basil and smoked salt ($13).