This restaurant stands in its own light for every reason. Most notably, the Blue Bird Ranch features delicious cuisine at reasonable prices served by an efficient, knowledgeable, accommodating, wait staff team. Then there are the restaurant's unique features. Imagine being 300 miles of Boston in Maine in the middle of winter and being presented with a menu featuring lobster thermidor, paella, pork medallions in an orange ginger sauce, grilled prime rib--and the list goes on.
I contacted owner? Beth before my mother's 92nd Valentine's Day birthday to see if it was possible to arrange for my mother's favorite entree and a birthday cake. Beth put the lobster thermidor on her Valentine's special menu! She then offered me a choice of a half dozen cakes! Furthermore, adding two additional diners to our party at the last minute was no problem for the accommodating staff.
When I arrived at the Blue Bird Ranch, I was surprised to see that their extensive regular menu selections were available in addition to the special Valentine's menu. And while the Valentine's special menu included an appetizer bar, soup or salad, entrée, dessert, and a soft drink (at ridiculously reasonable prices of between $23-$29), I was able to order a la carte--just the salad and entrée. The lobster thermidor was delicious, the grilled prime rib cooked as rare as I specified and accompanied by hot horseradish, the paella was packed with mussels and tiger prawns, and the pork tenderloins were exquisite in the orange ginger sauce. Really, the experience was as delectable as it was unbelievable.
The wait staff found candles for the cake and assembled to sing happy birthday which was festive. And the cake! It was chocolate with raspberry filling and a delicious, not sweet frosting. I've not had a better meal in NYC, and at the Blue Bird Ranch at easily half the price! We also had a couple of bottles of their red wine. It was not the Copper Ridge listed on the menu, but whatever it was, it was delicious--dry with subtle fruit flavors.
I'd googled Down East restaurants to decide where to go for the celebration, and I now understand why the Blue Bird Ranch had no competition.