Restaurant: Blackbird’s Bar and Restaurant – 41-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, New York
I’ll fill you in on some of the other parts of Blackbird’s Bar and Restaurant, but let’s be honest, you’re reading this because you saw deep fried grilled cheese in the title. Yes, it tastes just as good as it sounds.
Blackbird’s is one of those neighborhood hangouts where it’s clear that mostly everyone knows everyone else, and the bartenders and waitstaff treat customers, both familiar and unfamiliar, as if they were part of their family. The bar/restaurant is rectangular shaped and outfitted in dark colors – reds and exposed brick – that complement a dark wood bar and tables.
Here’s the part you’ve all been waiting for… deep fried grilled cheese! As soon as I saw this on the menu, I had to order it. You have the choice of adding bacon, tomato or avocado as well. I went with bacon. Since I already was going with a deep fried grilled cheese, I figured I might as well add to the artery clogging goodness.
The grilled cheese came out cut in half with a side of fries. The grilled cheese consisted of two very thick slices of white bread with lots of gooey American cheese and bacon in between. This was all lightly fried completely around. The frying locked in the flavor of the grilled cheese and kept the bread extremely soft. This sandwich was amazingly delicious. Oil from the frying oozed out during each bite and coated my fingers, only reaffirming my thought that my arteries were slowly clogging. After devouring this sandwich, I was stuffed. It’s very filling.
Service at Blackbird’s is great. The waitstaff is extremely friendly and accommodating. I have no complaints.
The deep fried grilled cheese was only about seven dollars. For an enormous grilled cheese and fries, this was one hell of a deal. An incredible value.
Blackbird’s is a quintessential neighborhood hangout and I could easily see myself heading here every Sunday for a few beers and some food. Kicking it up a notch is their deep fried grilled cheese. Twinkies, Oreos and now grilled cheese… you can deep fry anything. Blackbird’s is on the right path here. I’ve never seen this on a menu before and I can’t wait to come back and have it again. Blackbird’s, I’ll see you again very, very soon.