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The aroma of a shepherd’s pie brimming with peas and rosemary-braised lamb. The sounds of Adam Ant and Massive Attack blaring from the jukebox. With so much English-tinted stimuli, Blokes & Birds could easily be confused for a public house situated somewhere across the pond. Executive chef Alex Negrete, however, takes pride in using local Midwestern ingredients to arrive at a contemporary take on classic English and American pub food.
Aside from his sausage platters and Black Angus sliders, Negrete cooks up traditional English breakfasts of fried eggs, bangers, black pudding, bacon, and grilled tomatoes. Guests who arrive later in the night won’t need so much food to help them stay alert, as live musicians score dinner with acoustic sets of original tunes and popular covers. To complement the pub’s cuisine and lively atmosphere, sommelier Justin Leone has created cleverly named cocktails such as the Cheeky Monkey, a banana-flavored blend that guests are encouraged to fling at other diners. The bar also stays stocked with imported and domestic wines, as well as imported and American craft beers available via bottle and tap.