Last night, for the first time, I actually went to Blackbird for something other than lunch, for which it used to be very dependable and now doesn't offer. So be it. Dinner was very good.
The room is still very pleasant and unpretentious. Food comes out punctually and in generous portions. There were a couple lapses in service that were probably the fault of the kitchen although the wait staff didn't pick them up. One of our party had two items delivered incorrectly for his rib eye steak. It came with the wrong sauce and the wrong side dish. This sort of thing happens from time to time but really shouldn't.
They have a somewhat odd thing called the surf and turf burger which is a generous piece of ground beef cooked to your preferred temperature (I asked for medium rare and that's exactly what I got) served on a somewhat conventional bun but the oddity is a couple ounces of lobster thermidor sitting on top of the meat. When I ordered this I figured if the combination was just too weird I could always scrape the lobster off, eat it separately, and slather the burger in ketchup and mustard.
This wasn't necessary. It was very good. In all candor, it is a bit of a waste of lobster since the predominant flavor is still the burger but the whole concoction was surprisingly tasty. I also had their version of the classic wedge salad. It was good but the one down the street at Wicked Weed, when it is on the menu, is better. The surf and turf burger comes with fries that are about as thin as blades of grass and cooked crispy and well salted. This isn't exactly health food but made for a wonderful guilty pleasure.
One of our party had a scallops served on a corn succotash which she reported to be superb.
The room is a tad loud and at the beginning with the huge windows open to the sidewalk on Biltmore Avenue we were treated to an overdose of cigarette smoke from someone who was sitting on the ledge right next to the window puffing away. This would have been enough to ruin the meal had it gone on for much longer than it did. Eventually they closed the windows but they probably should get some kind of agreement with the Aloft Hotel whose street entrance is right next to these windows and collectively prohibit inflicting second hand smoke on their patrons.
The prices are a bit high at The Blackbird at dinner. Dinner and a bottle of wine is clearly going to exceed $50 per person if you order main courses. Still, the food was great so what the hell.
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