June 6, 2002
It's cheap, it's homemade, it's very good. Incidentally, we are "supporting" the individual, non-chain kind of local businesses that give some flavor to a community. We always hope that such businesses will survive despite, or even because, of the competition. No alcohol here, but very good teas, including iced, to accompany the gyros, kofte kabob, and homemade desserts. Their Super Combo Plate, which is what I had on my first visit, is great, but I couldn't finish it - a rare event, as I love to eat. But, my plate had charbroiled gyro meat, kofte (ground meat kabobs), rice pilaf and a Turkish salad with tzatziki, covered with thick yoghurt and laced with dill as a "side," to this giganticus. Our son's Veggie Combination was equally large, filled with non-greasy eggplant and sauce and a tzatziki side. In addition, there was a basket of warm pita to accompany our meals.
Enough! We had our fill and couldn't believe the bill - with tax and tip, it was slightly over $30.00. Since then, I've seen coupons for buy one dinner plate, get 50% off on the second plate, and for a family special (takeout only) for $19.99 (substitutions extra). This special has 4 of everything - chicken kabob skewers, kofte kabob skewers, pita bread and small spinach pies and dolma - even 2 small turkish salads and 2 small rices. I only hope they continue to be in business so we can eat there again.
Closed Sundays, The Bird House Grill is open 11:30 to 9:00 from Mondays through Saturdays. Their early closings for dinner suit us fine, but prevent their attracting those who prefer to eat later. This is a super find for young and old people on a budget, or for those like us who just like this kind of food and/or don't grill at home. They also offer catering and daily specials in addition to their regular wisely limited menu.
From journal Laid-Back Leucadia -North of San Diego