Rise and shine
Anticipated new biscuit restaurant takes flight on Manor Road
Austin’s latest daytime eatery is about to take flight. After months of buzzy pop-ups, the anticipated Bird Bird Biscuit will bring biscuit sandwiches, fried biscuit doughnut holes, and coffee to a permanent brick-and-mortar at 2701 Manor Rd. on June 28.
The fast-casual concept is the brainchild of ex-Thunderbird Coffee general manager Brian Batch. According to a release, sandwiches have been a longtime fixation for the chef, first as an easy grab-and-go option while touring with his former band, Alpha Rev, and later as a point of pride during his stint at Thunderbird.
Inspired by Los Angeles’ sandwich shops and Nashville’s biscuit joints, Batch worked with restaurant industry pros to develop the perfect biscuit that could hold up to a variety of fresh fillings. Eventually, Thunderbird Coffee owner Ryan McElroy got on board and Bird Bird was hatched.
The sandwich options include classics like the Bird Bird Bacon with an over medium egg, cheddar, bacon, and a bacon-infused chipotle mayo; vegetarian selections like Lush Life with fried eggplant, pickled onions, fresh mozzarella, basil, and garlic tomato jam; and sweet sammies like the Childhood with roasted peanut butter, milk chocolate chips, and bananas.
For dessert, the eatery will also use the biscuit dough to make Dough-Doughs, biscuit doughnut holes tossed in cinnamon, sugar, and a tiny amount of salt. Simple biscuits with jam, pickles, and hashbrowns are also on the menu.
Naturally, quality coffee is a big focus of the beverage program with beans from Austin roaster Wild Gift and milk from Central Texas dairy Mill King. The shop will also serve freshly squeezed orange juice and a variety of Maine Root sodas.
To develop the look of the establishment, Batch and McElroy drafted an all-star lineup of Austin creatives. Lilliane Steckel, the interior designer behind Flat Track Coffee, Better Half, and the Thunderbird on Koenig Lane, created the interiors using a light blue stain on the concrete floor, light woods and walls, white countertops, and pops of yellow in the chairs and pendant lights.
Local artist Will Bryant handpainted graphics in the shop, and graphic designer Jonathan Van Orne created the distinctive logo.
Starting June 28, Bird Bird will be open for breakfast and lunch from 7 am-3 pm on Tuesday-Friday and 8 am-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.