Susan Dorien here, sharing my dining experience at Birdsall House in Peekskill.
Formerly a local tavern named Connollys, Birdsall House has been transformed into a destination restaurant with a lively bar scene and quaint dining room. The owners recently purchased the neighboring lot and put in a beer garden with tables and umbrellas. If you’re looking for a quiet wine bar this is not the restaurant for you. We arrived at 7pm and the bar was filled to capacity. Noise level was loud but respectful and fun; very good play list was heard throughout dinner.
I only drink wine, never beer, so blogging for a beer house had its problems. However, my dinner partners were thrilled with the variety of beers from every corner of the world. Birdsall offered samplers or pints and 8 taps change regularly. There was an acceptable wine list to choose from so I was satisfied too.
Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Drink orders were taken within minutes and we were off and running. We began with a plate filled with crispy and tender fried calamari topped with a hard boiled egg and crunchy fried leeks; absolutely delicious! Somehow the egg worked. Next up was a blue corn nacho plate slathered with sweet juicy pulled pork topped with Wisconsin cheddar and a big slice of roasted jalapeño. I can’t say it was the most attractive plate of food but eye appeal went out the window as we dipped in to the dish. So tasty! The macaroni and cheese topped with big slices of smoked bacon was one of the best I’ve had in a very long time. So creamy and moist over a bed of tender greens. Go today and order this dish. A salad of poached pears, quinoa, and candied almonds was just okay. It was a pretty plate but needed salt to wake it up; not our favorite.
On to dinner. I had eaten at Birdsall before so knew the blackened shrimp was very spicy. I asked for ‘unblackened’ shrimp which the chef was happy to accommodate. My dinner was superb; five extra large shrimps over perfectly cooked grits with a creamy chorizo gravy and tender collard greens with onion and bacon. Other dishes at the table were a grilled reuben with crispy fries, and sweet and tangy cole slaw piled high on top. We also ordered a marinated tofu sandwich on a crunchy multi grain roll with fresh mixed greens. Very flavorful.
There wasn’t a big dessert menu which was fine because food portions are huge. We ordered a slice of devil’s food cake with rocky road ice cream. The cake was moist but not the best I’ve ever eaten. The ice cream was just okay, too. It could be that we were too full to appreciate any sweets after our dinners.
I highly recommend Birdsall House. These southern boys know how to throw down delicious, wholesome food at a price that fits everyone’s wallet. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.