Food in Berlin: The Bird

The Fat Stingy Gonzales with guacamole and homemade salsa verde

Start with the hot wings. Try the ‘napalm’ ones if you’re the kind of masochist who enjoys losing all sensation in their lips and tears running down their gourmand cheeks. There’s plenty of carrots and blue-cheese dip to soothe your senses. Tear yourself off a paper towel, hell, get a bunch of them; you’ll need them at The Bird, as eating without cutlery is actively encouraged, and there’ll be plenty of juices going astray in those cute dimples or your facial hair.

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The Bird is no secret; all of Berlin already seems to be very much aware of this haven of American cuisine hidden behind Mauerpark, which makes coming in without a reservation a rather dangerous gambit. Service is unobtrusive, the kitchen quick–both advantages of being so popular. Unlike White Trash Fast Food, another Prenzlauer burger mainstay, the atmosphere is decidedly low key, not a great deal of rockabilly posing for the tourists here. With its exposed-brick walls, simple wooden tables, well-stocked bar, and old-school Stones soundtrack it could almost pass for a real American restaurant, were it not for the absence of those enormous televisions distracting even the entirely uninterested by displaying ‘the game’ in all its epileptic, full-color glory from each corner of the room.

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All this to make us really appreciate the meat on offer here. Sure, the fries are delicious and crisp, but the burgers are sublime. Order them from the griddle or the grill, and pick your choice of toppings, onions, mushrooms, bacon, egg, cheese, delicious guacamole even (when the *tasty* kind of avocados are available, that is). Do yourself a favor, though, and don’t settle for anything more cooked than medium rare, as it would be a dishonor to both you and the beautiful German cow that must have gone in to make these enormous burgers so effing special.

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The Bird
Am Falkplatz 5
10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

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Subway: Eberswalder Strasse
+49 30 5105 3283
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Opening Hours:
Mon–Thu 18:00–24:00
Fri 16:00–24:00
Sat–Sun 12:00–24:00

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  1. Ken Takel on

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    Mmmm, LECKER!

  2. cc on

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    According to their website their beef is shipped from the state of Iowa in the U.S. and fed corn. Now we all know cows typically feed on grass but the U.S. feeds them corn as they have so much and it makes cattle fatter faster; good for the farmers pockets, bad for the cows stomachs. Not only this but corn fed cow meat offers much less vitamins and nutrients than grass fed. So its neither local not better quality and their burgers are 11 euro and up? Yall are getting ripped off.

    1. Florian Duijsens on

      The burgers are actually made from German beef (the website isn’t so clear about it), it’s the steaks that are American…

    2. Keith on

      cc – while I used to be in the “grass fed is better” camp, my mind has been changed recently. There are some notable chefs (such as Thomas Keller, of French Laundry & Per Se fame) who prefer grain-fed beef for the flavor. It may not matter much in ground beef, where fat ratio can be easily altered at the grinder, but the fat marbling that results from grain-feed makes a difference in the flavor of a steak.

      Is it healthier? I don’t know, but if you’re eating a giant steak or cheeseburger, is that honestly your primary concern? :)

  3. Straphalariolist on

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    That’s fantastic. Good food, best taste.

  4. tallulah on

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    food is good but i would be no means call it quick! one of the DISadvantages to being so popular. during peak times you can be prepared to wait 45-90 minutes for your meal.

  5. Berlin Guy on

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    As you see on the pictures, they use the cheapest supermarket buns, called “Toasties”.
    Apart from that the staff is usually quite arrogant, and the menu is written in a way even more so.
    Apart from that there is almost no vegetarian burgers on the menu, bad if you are out with your veggie friends.
    This place is hyped for no reason.
    There is other burger places in Berlin that are a lot better and offer more choices.

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