Three Birds is situated in century old farmhouse that "carries the history of Old Florida." The large verandas surrounding the farmhouse provide relaxing areas for enjoying food, drink, games and entertainment. Three Birds gives diners the sense that it could have been plucked from a quaint village somewhere in jolly ole England and plopped down on busy 4th Street.
The Belle of Gulf Boulevard and I wandered in for a late lunch or early dinner and were immediately greeted by the effervescent Maureen who would be our server. We were presented with menus and our adult beverage orders were taken and promptly delivered.
Three Birds has an impressive selection of beers on tap, by the bottle, wine and a full bar with some rather interesting Drinks of the Day. Tuesday's special was Candied Apples: Magners Irish Cider and a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky over ice. My dinning companion chose a Zonin Chardonnay and I, in a British pub frame of mind, chose a Bass Ale, considered an English Pale Ale, perfectly clear coppery color with a sweet aroma.
Before departing our palace of pleasure on the beach, we had acquainted ourselves with the Three Birds on-line menu so we were prepared to place our orders with a minimum of hesitation. I had enjoyed Roasted Shishito Peppers at another establishment, so when I saw these East Asian peppers on the "Starters" menu, I knew that I would have to have my way with them.
These peppers are delicately sweet, usually mild and roasted. Occasionally you might find one of these peppers that packs a punch. Maureen even asked if I had come across one yet - sadly, no. What I didn't realize when I placed my order was the size of that serving. It could easily be shared by two or more people.
Both the Belle and I were muchly intrigued by another delicacy, the Scotch Egg. This taste treat was supposedly invented by a London department store.
This British Isle pub favorite is a sausage-wrapped hard-boiled egg served with HP sauce - the original brown sauce, which since 1899 has set the standard for quality and was named after the Houses of Parliament. We had never tried Scotch egg before so we had no point of reference as to quality or authenticity, but what we did discover was the best hard-boiled egg that had ever titillated our taste receptors.
Three Birds does have menu Entrees, but we were both getting pretty full, so we decided to stay with the appetizers. The Braised Pork Belly served with apple-frisee salad, sweet chili, braising jus and locally grown micro greens just reached out and grabbed me.
This belly had a crispy cap that sheltered an unctuous layer of fat that melted in the mouth along with a tender and juicy, thick layer of pork. That was not just an appetizer. With a side dish it would have made a mighty filling complete meal. I have to say, without reservation, that this was the very best pork belly in the Tampa Bay area and points beyond.
My bride was equally enamored with her Three Birds Tri-Salad Plate; a scoop each of egg salad, chicken salad and hummus, served on a bed of lettuce with tomato and cucumber, carrot and celery sticks, and grilled flatbread wedges.
She was impressed with the taste and texture of all three scoops, especially the chicken salad, loaded with chicken and the minimum amount of mayo. The accompanying tub of ranch dressing was "... the best ever!" Said she, "I would go back to Three Birds just for that tri-salad plate."
The food was excellent, the service grand and the prices reasonable. All food and enough beer and wine to justify Uber (as opposed to a possible DUI), came to a pocket-pleasing $81.86 plus the deserved 20% gratuity for Maureen.