Sherman's Food Adventures: Birdhouse

Birdhouse

So our original plan was to eat at the Birdhouse for lunch and then Big John's BBQ for dinner.  That got switched around since the Birdhouse didn't open until much later.  So after our lunch at Big John's we visited the stunning Lower Antelope Canyon via Ken's Tours.  That was an awesome experience even though it was completely sweltering outside.  Make sure you make a reservation because you cannot visit the canyon without a guide because it is on Navejo land.  Okay, back to the Birdhouse...  Let's just say their A/C units couldn't keep up with the heat and once again, we were dining "hot" once again.  

We ended up ordering the Whole Chicken Family Meal that came with 2 large sides. Consisting of 8 pieces of wings, drumsticks, thighs and breasts, this was enough for the 4 of us.  We found the batter to be decently seasoned, but not impactful.  It was crispy and fairly well-rendered except for some of the flabbier parts of the skin.  Underneath, the meat was moist but not juicy.  With that being said, the breast meat wasn't exactly dry either.  As for our sides, we chose the Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Salad and added a Mac n' Cheese.   The mash was pretty creamy with a pale-looking gravy.  Taste-wise, this wasn't anything to write home about.  Spiked with bacon, red onion and mayo, the broccoli salad was fresh and crunchy.  We've made something like this at home before, but had added dried cranberries.  This probably needed it for some balance.  Pretty basic, but ultimately good, the mac n' cheese was cheesy enough with al dente macaroni.

To ensure we had enough good, we tacked on an order of Fries as well.  These crinkle cut fries were served hot and crispy.  They were also lightly seasoned which meant ketchup wasn't necessary.  Moreover, there wasn't a whole lot of grease to them either.  As you can pretty much guess, the food at the Birdhouse was more-than-acceptable at a reasonable price.  Definitely did the job and the kids enjoyed it.  They really need to fix the A/C though as it was uncomfortable sitting inside and eating fried chicken in 100+ heat.

The Good:
- Reasonably-priced
- Decent
- Nice people

The Bad:
- A/C needs to be stronger
- Chicken could use more seasoning (mind you, we could've gotten spicy)

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