Health-conscious diners, get ready: Eater Portland 2017 Chef of the Year Gabriel Pascuzzi opens his new restaurant dedicated grill-roasted vegetables and chicken to Slabtown today. Counter service chicken spot Mama Bird will specialize in smoked and grilled birds, with seasonal sides and kid-friendly desserts.
This spring, Food & Wine broke the news that the Stacked Sandwich Shop owner plans to expand across the Willamette, serving quarter, half, and whole Mary’s free-range chickens with a number of optional sauces like smoked garlic miso and wood-fired romesco.
A first look published in the Oregonian provides more details: The chickens are brined in pineapple juice and air-dried before they hit the grill, then portioned out in quarter ($9), half ($16), and whole ($29) servings. From there, diners can choose from salads like a red romaine and chicory Caesar, grilled produce like oyster mushrooms or stone fruit, and other odds-and-ends from the chicken: Mama Bird will sell chicken sausages, chicken liver mousse on grilled bread, and creamy Ayers Creek polenta made with the chicken’s stock. Desserts lean into child-like territory, with roast-your-own s’mores and root beer floats.
The space itself leans on natural wood, neutral tones, and plant life, with high ceilings and banks of large windows. An open-format kitchen surrounds the large grill, where chickens cook over hunks of wood. Mama Bird will open September 26 in the Carson South building, at 2145 NW Raleigh Street.
Updated September 26 at 11:58 a.m.: This story has been updated to include opening information for Mama Bird.
Updated September 27 at 1:02 p.m.: Mama Bird’s address has been corrected.
• Mama Bird [Official]
• Stacked Sandwich Shop [Official]
• Portland Sandwich Whiz to Open Allergy-Friendly Restaurant This Spring [F&W]
• First look: Mama Bird, a healthful grilled chicken restaurant from the Stacked Sandwiches team [The O]
• Eater’s Chef of the Year Talks About the Move to Portland From NYC, Fine Dining to Sandwiches [EPDX]
• All previous Stacked coverage [EPDX]