"Bird on a Wire Chicken Cafe (Alvarado) - Old Town" Top 5 Page for this destination Monterey Restaurant Tip by Ewingjr98

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Don't be fooled by the name, Bird on a Wire Chicken Cafe is NOT a cafe for chickens; it's a people cafe, like all other people cafes.... seats instead of chicken coops and real food rather than chicken feed. Speaking of food, it is all chicken, so I guess that's where the name comes from?

They specialize in good down home rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes, along with a variety of wraps and salads. We wandered in one Saturday afternoon around 2pm and enjoyed a few of the wraps. We ordered at the front counter, two wraps and two fountain drinks ran us about $20, maybe a little expensive for a sandwich joint, but this is Monterey. I had the southwestern wrap that came with chipotle BBQ sauce, lettuce, corn, beans, and more, topped with a nice layer of chicken ($7.50). Laura had the Monterey wrap that contained the obvious chicken, along with lettuce, Monterey jack cheese, cucumber, avacado, mayo and dressing ($7.50). The sandwiches were brought to our table after about 10 minutes, with instructions from the owner/water to keep the paper on the wrap, and just peel it like a banana. The sandwiches were tasty and very big.

Bird on a Wire just opened in the Summer of 2007, but it is said they have a big local lunch crowd. The inside of the restaurant is very clean, fresh, and bright, with displays of local youth art. They only have about 10-15 tables in the narrow restaurant, plus a few tables and chairs outside. This site formerly housed Café Serendipity.

Positives: locally owned, friendly service, clean & comfortable environment

Negatives: kind of slow, no alcohol.

Address: 470 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Price Comparison: about average
Phone: (831) 333-9601
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 24, 2008
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