Birdhouse - pIri piri chicken
Birdhouse – pIri piri chicken

Pago Restaurant Group announces its newest restaurant, Birdhouse, a chef-driven fine casual restaurant focused on chicken.  Birdhouse uses high-quality Mary’s Chicken, which are free-range, fed an all-vegetable diet, and hormone and antibiotic free, plus locally made bread from Stone Ground Bakery, and other locally sourced ingredients to produce bright and clean flavors across a range of dishes.  

The menu is inspired by a broad range of cuisines with creative takes on chicken sandwiches, salads and meals, plus soft serve ice cream for dessert.   From a four-piece chicken meal with mashed potatoes and gravy to a classic fried chicken sandwich with crisp lettuce, tomatoes & pickles to a grilled chicken soba noodle salad, the menu provides for a broad range of palettes, including the younger ones.  The house specialty is the Piri Piri Chicken Sandwich (choice of fried or grilled) drenched in a Portugese/South African piri piri hot sauce.  The unique sauce is made from slow-stewed chili peppers and fresh lemon juice, which combines for a lighter, warmer and more flavorful spiciness than the typical vinegar-based hot sauce.  

Birdhouse interior
Birdhouse interior

On the drink side, Founder and President (and sommelier) Scott Evans created a thoughtful and fun beverage menu with a curated selection of craft and local beer and cider, wine and spritzers, and bottles of bubbly – a surprisingly perfect pairing that cuts through the richness of fried chicken.

Evans explains “There is growing demand for chef-driven menus and high-quality sourcing in an affordable, casual format. After launching 6 full-service dining establishments, I was excited to create our first fine-casual restaurant centered around quality ingredients and a curated beverage program.”

Birdhouse is located in the vibrant 9th and 9th neighborhood of Salt Lake City, next door to sister-restaurant/bar East Liberty Tap House, with a fun, casual atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.  Serving both lunch and dinner, Birdhouse is open 7 days a week from 11am to 9pm. 

To celebrate the opening, Birdhouse is hosting a “block party” event open to the public on Saturday, December 14th from 11am to 5pm.  The event will have free chicken samples, free ice cream cones, and other fun giveaways.