Fried chicken wings and Asian stir-fried noodles—a combination most people wouldn’t normally think of. But Bird & Barrel seems to have found the sweet spot of an unlikely fusion of cuisines—and their customers are loving it! Although the restaurant just opened recently in 2020, it is already getting rave reviews and is among the top 10 places to eat in Santa Ana, California, according to Yelp.

If you are going to be in Santa Ana, California, any time soon and are looking for a unique and tasty local restaurant, stop by Bird & Barrel in downtown Santa Ana. Here’s why we love this new rising star.

About Bird & Barrel

Founded by Bunsomit Sonny Nhoung, Bird & Barrel is a family-run establishment that specializes in poultry and focuses on serving the local community. Their unique take on Asian-fusion cuisine brings an interesting combination of flavors that they wish to share with the Santa Ana community.

At Bird & Barrel, the friendly and relaxed atmosphere will immediately put you in a good mood. “It’s inviting and casual with good tunes,” says Nhoung. “I want people to feel welcomed to come to my home. . . . We’re here just trying to cook good food, have a few laughs while listening to good music, and make people feel that happy days are ahead.”

Bird & Barrel is open Tuesday through Sunday, with hours that vary depending on the day of the week. They are also popular for their drinks, with happy hour going from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.

What to Eat

The Bird & Barrel menu has a variety of options, including rice dishes, stir-fried noodles, sandwiches, tenders, wings, and salads. As you might guess by their name, poultry isn’t limited to just chicken; they also serve duck in many of their dishes! Plus, you can find beef, seafood, or vegetarian options as well. And for those on a gluten-free diet, most of the menu can accommodate you.

The most popular items are the garlic noodles, seared duck breast, cracklings, and chicken katsu. Try these items out if you get the chance, and—of course—keep going back to try more!

If you will be in Santa Ana, California, any time soon, we highly recommend stopping by Bird & Barrel to try their unique Asian-fusion delicacies. Although it is a new local restaurant, they have quickly bounded to the top of the list of places to eat in Santa Ana. And if you need some time to try out the rest of the list, give us a call at Artists Village to make your stay in Santa Ana a bit more permanent.

Photo courtesy: Bird & Barrel