Bird food for people™

Carolina Wren, foraging on snow, winter, backyard, Sterling, CT @Townsend P. Dickinson All Rights Reserved.

Here’s a new fun feature called “Bird Food (For People™)”. If you must know, we are birders, adventurers, photographers and spend time on the go in search of birds. Think about it. How many times, when you are out and about, have you said, to yourself or fellow travelers, that you are hungry, its time to eat? But, since you are out and about, and may be in an unfamiliar area on short notice, you may have no idea where to go and how to tell the good from the mediocre. We have faced the same dilemma a number of times, and we know what we need is bird food. Good and nearby are among the key criteria for Bird Food.

Whether you are a birder, photographer, adventurer or traveler, the food question is likely to come up three times a day. So bookmark this Bird Food section on your smartphone, iPad, portable & desktop computer to check to see if we can recommend a place for bird eats.

Bird food (for people) will recommend a new place to eat periodically based on our first hand research. We will share a menu, some of our favorite items, and the location information that brought us here in the first place through brief text entries and grabbed iPhone photos.  Additions will be on occasion as the mood strikes and travel dictates. These will be places that we have tried and would be glad to go back to. Some are places for pickup and run food, others are worthy of a longer visit. You be the judge and let me know by leaving a comment on your experience. We hope you enjoy this segment. Lets eat!

New Jersey: Cape May Island

Out There Coffee:  315 Ocean Street, Unit 22, Cape May, New Jersey 08204. Best Coffee on the Cape May Island so far! Building next to the Acme Market for parking in back. As of 7/27/18. Very Good. No phone. Tell the owners I sent you.

Big Wave Burritos: 605 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204. Very Good (609) 898-8646.

Boiler Room: at Congress Hall 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204. (609)-884-6507 Down in the basement of Congress Hall you’ll find the Boiler Room, a vibrant restaurant and lounge serving up delicious brick-oven pizza, cold draft beer, classic cocktails and live music featuring the best of local talent.

Blue Pig Tavern:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 251 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)884-8422. Park behind or around & part of Congress Hall.

Chez Michel: The best Traditional French Bakery. Excellent! I have eaten his bakery goods for for decades and stand by his talent. 600 Park Boulevard West Cape May, NJ 08204 (609)-435-5982.

Exit Zero Filling Station:  110 Sunset Blvd, Cape May. Open every day:  Very Good 8am to 2:30pm for breakfast, lunch and from 4-9pm for dinner. (609) -770 -8479

George’s Place:  Greek. We go for Breakfast & Dinner. Excellent 301 Beach Ave Cape May, NJ 08204. (609) 884-6088.

Gecko’s: Sadly Closed. Original southwestern Sante Fe w Mexican & Native cuisine. Excellent 479 W Perry Street, West Cape May NJ 08204. (609) 898-7750

Key West Taco’s: 479 W Perry St, Cape May, NJ 08204 (609) 898-8226. Very Good

The Red Store: 500 Cape Avenue Cape May Point NJ 08212  (609)-884-5757. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Excellent we thintalentk and have been at all times.

The Lobster House: Lunch & Dinner. 906 Schellengers Landing Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204. (609) 884-8296. A Cape May Tradition.

Louisa’s: Only open for dinner and it is spectacular! Reservation are a must. CASH ONLY,  Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 5pm. 104 Jackson Street, Cape May, New Jersey 08204. (609)-884-5882 Recommend reservations by calling & leave a vm. Lousia’s will always call you back to confirm.

Lucky Bones Backwater Grille: 1200 Rt. 109 South, Cape May, NJ 08204.  (609)-884-1663. Something for everyone.

McGlades On The Pier: Great prices & best breakfast w great view of water. (next to convention Hall (left side) on boardwalk behind old Morrow’s Nut House) 722 Boardwalk, Cape May, NJ 08204  (609) 884-2614. last day for year 10/9 Seasonal.

Tisha’s: Another great experience of fine dining Open 7 Days a Week serving lunch 11:30am – 3pm Dinner starting at 5pm. 322 Washington Street Mall, Cape May, New Jersey 08204. (609)-884-9119 Excellent & recommend reservations

Bella Vida Garden Cafe: 406 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204. 609-884-6332

Westside Market: Quick soups, sandwiches, subs /deli. 517 Broadway West Cape May NJ 08204. (609) 884-3061. Excellent Sandwiches, soups. Great market.

Ohio Northwest: Near Magee Marsh, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Maumee Bay Lodge.

Curtice HY FLASH:  7401 Jerusalem, Oregon, OH. With The horse on Roof! Corner of North Curtice Road and Jerusalem. Cash only. Breakfast 4am -11am. (419) 836-9747

Blackberry Corner Tavern: Homemade Pies. Credit & Cash. 5975 N. Elliston Trowridge Road MartinOH 43445 419-836-8377.

Barnside Creamery: 10980 OH-2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449. (419) 898-0044. Hang a left from BSBO exit and it is down on the right side RED BARN Style. YUMMY Orange sherbet w vanilla ice cream if you prefer. I am a purist so I go for just OS. Ice cream and frozen Yogert. Many other flavors as well.

Kozy Corners: 501 West Oak Street, Oak Harbor, OH 43449-1233. 419-898-2593. Cash Only

O.K. Wok: 3165 Navarre Ave, Oregon, OH 43616 (419) 698-1842 Best Chinese and Thai food.

Oregon Inn: Steak | Seafood | Chicken | Salads | Burgers | Full Bar. Great place for a nice sit down dinner. 5307 Bayshore Road, Oregon OH 43618 (419) 697-1000. Credit & Cash

Estellas Mexican Restaurant: 3111 Navarre Avenue, Oregon, OH 43616. 419-698-8586

Seoul Gardens Chinese:  419-898-2564.

Eagles Nest Sweet Retreat: Credit & Cash. Eatery & Old Fashion Ice Cream Parlor. Just minutes from Maumee Bay Lodge. VERY SADLY CLOSED .


Bodega Taco Bar:

Hadlyme Country Market:

Old Blue Bird Inn:

Speedy Donuts:

Super Duper Weenie:™/


Gillian’s Restaurant and Bar

Helen’s Sausage House: BreakfastDupont Highway & Black Diamond Road, Smyrna DE (302) 653-4200


Tiitusville. Dixie Crossroads Restaurant: Rating Outstanding   Rockshrimp | Steak | Lobster | Full Bar. The GO TO place in the area AND when your coming to The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. The freshest seafood bar none around. Directions: 1475 Garden Street, Tiitusville FL 32796 (321) 268-5000.  Exit 220 off I-95, East 2 miles; on the right – look for the Rock Shrimp statues or turn right at Dixie Ave. From US 1 – go west on Garden Street 1 mile; turn left on Dixie Ave.

Steve’s Family Diner: Breakfast. 2900 S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780. (321) 268-3011 6AM–9PM

VietRiver: 1817 S Washington Ave, Titusville, FL 32780. (321) 600-0880. Vietnamese spot serving traditional soup & noodle dishes, plus cocktails in bright digs. 11AM–9PM

Sarasota:                                                                                                                                             Alma’s Kousine:  935 N Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 954-7171.  diner offering Greek & American food, plus crêpes, from morning till night.

The Breakfast House: Rated Outstanding. 1817 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 366-6860. Quaint restaurant in a small house serving American breakfast & lunch fare in a comfy setting.

Hob Nob Drive In Restaurant: Rated Excellent. 1701 N Washington Blvd Sarasota FL 34234 intersection of US 302 and 17th Street. (941) 955-5001 Shakes thick homemade | Hotdogs | Burgers | Fries. quaility made to taste the old fashioned way. 

Owen’s Fish Camp: Rated Outstanding. 516 Burns Lane Sarasota FL 34236 941.951.6936Bay’s local fish | southern classics | great craft beer and wine selection | friendly staff & exceptional service. Dinner only starts at 4PM. limited reservations by phone only for parties of 6. Please call after 12:00 pm to reserve. 

Piccolo Italian Deli: Authentic New York Italian Market and Deli. Rated Excellent 6518 Gateway Ave Sarasota FL 34231. (941) 923-2202


Robert’s Maine Grill: Rated Excellent.  A fresh spin on Farm-To-Table Maine Cusine. Thick NE Clam or Haddack Chowders; Lobster Rolls et al serves up locally-sourced Maine cuisine in a modern, welcoming ambiance. 326 Route 1, Kittery, Maine 03904 (207)-439-0300

Hot Suppa Rated Excellent. 703 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04102. (207) 871-5005. We went for Breakfast but they serve Lunch and Dinner for price/atmosphere but really good comfort food. Portland’s Best homemade Corned Beef Hash!

The Holy Donut: 398 Route 1 Scarborough  | (207) 303-0137 Need I say more.

Other Side Delicatessen: 235 Vaughan St Portland, Maine 04102 (207) 874-7414

Dockside Grill: 215 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 (207) 747-5274


Miss Shirley’s Cafe: Breakfast. Wonderful. 750 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202.  


Amber Road Cafe:

Finz Seafood & Grill: 76 Wharf Street (Pickering Wharf) Salem, MA 01970. 978 -744-8485.


Bill’s Seafood: 4040 Main Street, Chincoteague Island VA 23336. (757) 336-5831. Breakfast, Thankgiving Dinner.

Don’s Seafood Restaurant: 4113 Main Street, Chincoteague VA 23336 (757) 336-5715

Etta’s Channel Side Restaurant: 7452 East Side Road, Chincoteaque Island VA 23336 (757) 336-5644. 

Mill Street Grill: 1 Mill Street, Staunton VA 24401 (540) 886-0656. 

The Village Restaurant: 6576 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague VA 23336 (757) 336-5120.

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